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Monday, May 23, 2011

Overwhelmingly Nurses Desire Further Involvement in Preventing Non-Communicable Diseases

Just released this week, a new International Council of Nurses survey of nurses from eight countries reveals "Nurses want to lead in the global fight against the further spread of non-communicable diseases" and "ninety-five percent of the 1600 nurses polled across eight countries want to use their skills and time to educate individuals about the threat and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)".

“Nurses, in numbers exceeding 13 million worldwide, are the front-line answer to tackling NCDs,” said David Benton, chief executive officer of ICN, in a news release. “They want to enable individuals and communities to enhance their wellness." The article goes on to stress that excessive workloads result in nurses being overloaded and unfortunately, "if they are, then they cannot take the time to counsel and educate, and that is clearly counterproductive."

Benton continues, “With the globally escalating problems of NCD mortality and morbidity and soaring costs, governments around the world should not miss the opportunity to capitalize on the enthusiasm and expertise that nurses can bring to addressing this global health crisis. We must provide maximum support to nurses so we unleash their power to fight these debilitating and deadly diseases.”

• Nurses think that, overall, governments are doing a good job in beginning to address the NCD global crisis, with 85% giving favorable responses in the survey. But they also believe that, with the right support, nurses can make a major difference in NCD prevention.

• More than half of the nurses surveyed believe they can have a great deal of influence on individuals and communities to take the necessary steps to reduce the likelihood of developing NCDs.

• Respondents identified government (71%), nursing associations (65%) and media (68%) as the top groups that can offer further support, information and training to nurses so they can better address NCDs.

“Nurses are the healthcare professionals closest to patients, and they are sending us a clear message: If nurses get the resources and time they need, they can arm people with the knowledge to help them make the critical lifestyle changes that will ultimately help combat the NCD crisis and improve global health,” Paula DeCola, RN, MSc., Pfizer External Medical Affairs, said in a release.

Because there is no immediate solution to the growing workload burdens of most nurses, engaging those nurses, students and active retirees who can and will get involved makes good sense. HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011 would be a simple and cost effective start toward engaging more nurses in community prevention efforts under the guidance of the National Nurse for Public Health. It seems so logical-why not try it?

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association Endorses HR 1119

Thank you to the Greater Passaic Valley (New Jersey) Public Health Nurses Association for their unanimous vote of support for HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011. Here is their letter of support:

April 28, 2011

National Nursing Network Organization
c/o Teri Mills

Dear Teri,

The Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association is an organization of approximately forty-five Public Health Nurses from the northern New Jersey area. The current legislation establishing a National Nurse for Public Health has been among newsworthy items shared during monthly meetings. A program regarding HR 1119, the bill outlining and establishing a National Nurse, was presented to the nurses on March 24, 2011. At the subsequent meeting on April 28 the nurses unanimously moved to support HR 1119 with a letter and a monetary donation to NNNO to educate an elected official about HR 1119 and the benefits of establishing a National Nurse for Public Health.

The Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association supports establishment of a National Nurse for Public Health because we believe that

1. The National Nurse will strengthen public health principles and the public health nursing perspective at a higher level of government.
2. The National Nurse will be the voice of the collective tenets upon which all public health nurses base their practices.
3. The National Nurse will be a visible presence in the media to advocate for public health issues.

The Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association thanks the members of the National Nursing Network Organization for their tenacity and dedication to seeing HR 1119 become a reality by establishing the position of National Nurse for Public Health. Please accept our donation of $100.00 to continue toward this goal. We are eager to add our voice to this message and effort.

Yours in good health,

Leslie Leonard, RN, BSN
GPVPHNA President

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Happy Nurses Week!

Tomorrow we kick off a week long celebration of our country's nurses-National Nurses Week. National Nurses Week is an excellent opportunity to promote HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011. Years ago the leaders of our nation declared there be an annual National Nurses observance to celebrate and recognize our nation's nurses. Each year healthcare providers including hospitals, public health departments and schools of nursing plan events during this week to show nurses how they are valued and appreciated, while raising public awareness of the unique contributions nurses make to society 24/7 all year long.

This is an important week for nurses, because the focus acknowledges the unique contributions of nurses in every community. It is also an opportune time to raise public awareness of how and why nurses are mobilizing alongside the National Nursing Network Organization to establish a National Nurse for Public Health. Nurses deserve to have a year round prominent leader positioned in Washington DC to represent nurses and advocate for the populations we serve. The health of the nation represents tremendous social capital, and will be enhanced and protected with a prominent and visible nurse leading health promotion and disease prevention efforts.

If your organization has not yet decided what action to take in observance of National Nurses Week, we recommend that you write a letter to the editor urging Congress to pass HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011. Here are some other suggestions:

• Write a brief article or letter for your nursing organization's newsletter about HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011. Every American Needs a Nurse is just one example of many that you can use to write your story.

• Contact your legislative representatives, let them know you favor having a National Nurse for Public Health. Sample letters and phone scripts are available on the National Nurse website.

• Make a small donation to the National Nursing Network Organization either on line or by emailing to find out where to send a check. To thank you for your support, we would be delighted to send a certificate of recognition to a respected nursing colleague whom you identify to us to acknowledge their contributions to nursing practice and community and public health.

• Plan a family friendly community health fair event, staffed by nurses and nursing students.

• Make a poster board to display about HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011. We have many handouts available to assist you.

• Consider purchasing a button or bumper-sticker to support the ONN campaign at CafePress. Merchandise features the logo 'What Would Flo Do?'

• Request a presentation from an NNNO Board member and we will do our best to meet your needs.

• Ask that five of your colleagues sign up to receive the National Nurse newsletter; this is a great way to spread the news about the ONN initiative.

• Join the National Nurse Campaign on Facebook.

Our Board members are willing to help you with planning. What is most important is that we all "seize the moment" and join the celebration of National Nurses Week!

"Health is not only to be well, but to use well every power we have."
Florence Nightingale, 1893

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Anonymous Tara 
At Concerro, we asked our clients, “Why did you become a nurse?” and compiled our favorite stories into a touching Celebrating Nurses eBook for everyone to read and share. I invite nurses around the world to read this collection and if you are feeling inspired, please share YOUR nursing story and you might be featured in our next eBook.

Happy Nurses Week!