Recently, The Guardian Express published a news story about H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. The piece, Prevention is the Key to Wellness, National Nurse Act 2013 Proposed discusses the bill now in Congress that will help promote prevention with a national advocate at the helm, the Chief Nurse Officer of the Public Health Service.
Besides designating the Chief Nurse Officer to be the National Nurse for Public Health, the reporter writing this article thoroughly discusses the duties of this nurse leader that include providing leadership, serving as a national spokesperson, and promoting volunteerism. Cranfield identifies that the health of Americans is on the decline, and the key could be prevention in many cases. She provides many examples of preventible conditions such as smoking and tobacco use, tanning beds, and obesity.
The article ends on a positive note, crediting the effective leadership of the bill's chief sponsor, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30). Cranfield states, "Widely recognized as one of the most effective legislators in Congress, Congresswoman Johnson is an advocate for children and families. She is credited with authoring and co-authoring more than 150 bills passed into law."
H.R. 485 is clearly gaining momentum as noted by the recent support of the West Virginia Nurses Association Nurses Association along with 136 organizations and prominent individuals who have endorsed the Act.