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Monday, November 30, 2009

Testifying Before The RWJF/IOM Forum on the Future of Nursing

Thank-you to Phyllis Gallagher RN, BA, MA, JD, supporter of the National Nurse Initiative, for her willingness to testify before the RWJF/IOM Commission on the Future of Nursing during their Acute Care Forum that took place at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on October 19th. The Initiative on the Future of Nursing is a two-year effort of the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to find solutions to the continuing challenges facing the nursing profession, and to build upon nursing-based solutions to improve quality and transform the way Americans receive healthcare.

Ms. Gallagher reported there were many good ideas shared through the day on how nursing must change. Establishing an Office of the National Nurse would support many of the proposals presented by those who spoke. The main themes expressed were increasing nursing visibility, finding ways to empower the nursing profession, enhancing technology, and having courage when incorporating transformational change.

According to the website,

"The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will establish a major initiative on the Future of Nursing. The initial cornerstone of the program would be conduct of a major study whose goal would be to produce a transformational report on the future of nursing.

An ad hoc committee will examine the capacity of the nursing workforce to meet the demands of a reformed health care and public health system. It will develop a set of bold national recommendations, including ones that address the delivery of nursing services in a shortage environment and the capacity of the nursing education system. In its report, the committee will define a clear agenda and blueprint for action including changes in public and institutional policies at the national, state and local levels. Its recommendations would address a range of system changes, including innovative ways to solve the nursing shortage in the U.S."

Ms. Gallagher presented specific recommendations as to how the Office of the National Nurse initiative interfaces with the goal of identifying vital roles for nurses in designing and implementing a more effective and efficient health care system as delineated by the committee:

• Reconceptualizing the role of nurses within the context of the entire workforce, the shortage, societal issues, and current and future technology;
• Expanding nursing faculty, increasing the capacity of nursing schools, and redesigning nursing education to assure that it can produce an adequate number of well prepared nurses able to meet current and future health care demands;
• Examining innovative solutions related to care delivery and health professional education by focusing on nursing and the delivery of nursing services; and
• Attracting and retaining well prepared nurses in multiple care settings, including acute, ambulatory, primary care, long term care, community and public health.

Please email if you are interested in receiving an emailed copy of Ms. Gallagher's testimony. You may visit this link to watch the archived webcast of the forum.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

U.S. Hunger Rate Highest In Nearly Two Decades

One year has passed since the National Nursing Network Organization's Board of Directors wished you, your family, neighbors and friends a Happy Thanksgiving. Sadly, too many of our citizens are still without healthcare. We continue to see a rise in health disparities. Unemployment has reached an all time high. According to a USDA study, the U.S. hunger rate is the highest it has been in two decades. One in seven American households struggled to put food on the table in 2008; this number represents 14.6% of U.S. households. In 2007, 11.1% of American households suffered from "food insecurity", defined as not having enough food to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Even more dismal is the fact that one in four children in our country lives on the brink of hunger.

The NNNO Board of Directors asks you to consider making a donation to your community's food bank. The need for food is acute across the nation; the demand is rapidly outpacing the supply and many food cupboards are bare. Food pantries are in need of non-perishable food items of every type, including canned goods, cereal, coffee and juice, as well as toiletry items like toothpaste and brushes, bandages and medication.

Our country is still very much involved in fighting two wars. If you are thinking about sending one of our nation's troops a care package for the holidays, please visit Any Soldier's website for lots of helpful information, including where to send your package, how to send it, and what to put in it.

On a personal note, we remain very grateful and truly overwhelmed by your continued emails and offers of support as we work together to establish an Office of the National Nurse for prevention. Please have a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Discourages Breast Self-Examination In Latest Report; Advises Mammograms Begin at 50

Last week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a report calling for mammograms to begin at age 50. This is a significant change from prior recommendations that mammograms begin at age 40 and the reaction to this news has been confusion, controversy, and outrage. The USPSTF also surprisingly recommends against teaching breast self-examination (BSE).

Many leading experts are questioning whether significant evidence to support BSE was omitted or not taken into account by the USPSTF. One such organization is MammaCare; the results of whose mission to find the most effective procedure for manual detection of small breast lesions have been widely published. Here is a link to Mammacare’s release entitled "USPSTF omits critical evidence on breast-self-examination (BSE)". Research studies cited here do suggest that self-examination accounted for a substantial proportion of breast cancers detected and that BSE is associated with survival.

Mammacare concludes that “the cumulative and current biomedical data suggest strongly that women should not abandon their practice of self-exams nor delay learning how to perform proficient breast self-examinations. Evidence confirms that a large proportion of breast cancers are palpable and self-detected, that some breast cancers are mammographically invisible particularly in younger women and women with dense breast tissue, that the components of effective breast self-examination are now known and validated, that the skill can be learned and that women who learn and practice proficient breast examination possess an advantage in protecting their health and their lives.”

We urge you to share this evidence with women and clinicians. You are also welcome to forward the link, to all interested parties.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Office of the National Nurse Offers A Solution To Have All Nurses Work Together

Joyce Routson advocates that nurses to come together internally and in public in her recent article, “Dichotomy Exists Between Nurses' Image of Trustworthiness and Negative Stereotypes”. Routson discusses the consistently high rating nurses receive for being a trustworthy and ethical profession in the Gallup polls (nursing has been on top now for seven straight years!) yet negative and sexist images about nurses persist.

Eleanor Sullivan, PhD, RN, FAAN, a former nurse and author is quoted, “Nurses aren’t portrayed as experienced, decision-making professionals. The public does not know what nurses do.” Kathleen Bartholomew, RC, RN, MN was present when President Obama spoke on health care reform and reveals the President was surrounded by physicians instead of nurses.

Bernice Buresh, who co-authored From Silence to Voice says it is time to educate the public about what nurses do. Buresh says, “We have to join with each other and have our own self-esteem.” Buresh agrees nurses need to have a stronger political voice.

Teri Mills MS, CNE, RN, co-founder of the Office of the National Nurse initiative states, “Nurses need to deliver the message that we help people stay well. There needs to be a recognized nurse to the public who understands our needs. A National Nurse could be a unifying force for all nurses and elevate the profession. This title provides the authority, the impetus, the recognition needed to capture the public’s attention, encourage prevention, and raise awareness of health promotion efforts.”

To read this story and add your own viewpoint, visit

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Monday, November 09, 2009

RN Running for Congress Endorses Office of the National Nurse

Pictured: Elizabeth "Betsy" Dennigan RN, Candidate for Congress, Rhode Island 2nd Congressional District

The Board of Directors of the National Nursing Network Organization is pleased to announce and thank U.S. Congressional Candidate Betsy Dennigan for her support for the initiative to create an Office of the National Nurse. Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Dennigan is a thirteen-year veteran of the Rhode Island House of Representatives and held a seat on the powerful Finance Committee. Betsy works as an emergency nurse and has a degree in Health Care Administration. Below is her statement of support:

Endorsement for the Office of the National Nurse

It is difficult to find more diverse professionals than in nursing. We are nurse executives in hospitals, government, colleges, non profits and for corporate giants. We are staff nurses in the ED, PEDI, ICU, L&D and NICU. We work in cities and travel to client homes on rural mountain roads. We have taken different paths to our profession and are proud to be a professional nurse.

Due to the diversity of the profession, it is imperative to have a coordinated voice and leader for nursing on the national level. This can be accomplished by an Office of the National Nurse.

During this season's Swine influenza outbreak, I have seen various medical directors and the Surgeon General speak, but the important teammate from nursing has been missing.

Health and safety through prevention will be the hallmark of the Office of the National Nurse. This will bring cost savings, better health outcomes and respect for the leadership the Office will provide to Americans.

I endorse the Office of the National Nurse. I will stand with Congressional leaders of legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse, and will speak out and negotiate successful passage of this bill. You can count on me to work hard for this issue.

Please help me get to Congress by donating in any amount. You can donate online (see below) or to Dennigan For Congress, P.O. Box 8053, Cranston, RI 02920. I do not like to ask, but the reality is that if we want to send a nurse to Congress to speak on all issues affecting nurses (as I have done in the state legislature for 13 years), we need money. The donations are used primarily for TV ads and for staff. Help send a nurse to Congress!

Honorable Betsy Dennigan RN
Candidate for Congress
Rhode Island 2nd Congressional District

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Anonymous Retoi 
You have my support. What better way could we nurses amplify our voices than to install a colleague in the congress. I truly hope that the US government would also reconsider the hiring of foreign nurses and give them the chance to graze in the country's rich pastures. I am a Filipino nurse and have been relentlessly working on my papers to practice my profession in the US so I could help my family here in the Philippines but the retrogression still hampers my dream. Opportunities for nurses in my country are pathetic. I'm hopeful that the US would realize the dreams of thousands of Filipino nurses...

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Monday, November 02, 2009

Graduate Students At Wilmington University Study Office of the National Nurse Initiative

University of Wilmington MSN Nursing Students

Graduate and undergraduate nursing students from around the nation continue to enthusiastically study and support the Office of the National Nurse. Cathy Petrucci, a graduate nursing student attending Wilmington University (Delaware), presented a five-minute "infomercial" about the Office of the National Nurse proposal to her Politics and Policy class. She shared the National Nurse web site and blog, and also browsed through the links. Cathy stated there was very positive reception overall. Here are the conclusions that she wrote:

Recommendation and Summary

"Disease prevention and health promotion must be the priority for every healthcare provider. A National Nurse is the ideal person to lead this initiative since these two principles are fundamental to the profession of nursing. The Office of the National Nurse would be a unifying force for all nurses, elevate our influence and prominence, better utilize the expertise of nurses, and serve a vital function in our current climate of healthcare reform. The title of National Nurse would “provide the authority, impetus, and recognition needed to capture the public’s attention, encourage prevention, and raise awareness of a national push for health promotion efforts (Mills et al., 2008).

The impetus of this grass-roots movement is just what nurses need to unify around our core values. This is an unprecedented movement and clearly has captured the attention of America’s nurses. The collective voices of nurses are calling for change, and there is nothing but good to be attained by this initiative."

Mills, T., Scanlon, K., & Sullivan, S. (2008). Nurses and the public say it is time for a change. Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing, 9(1).

Cathy Petrucci, RN, BSN, OCN
Current MSN student at Wilmington University, Wilmington, DE

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