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Sponsor of HR 379 in the 114th Congress:
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson TX-30
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Thank you to National Nursing Network Organization's Advocacy Team member Vivien Mudgett RNC, MA, MSN who wrote A National Voice for Nurses.
This article passionately describes H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015 and explains why a National Nurse for Public Health would benefit nursing and improve public health. Mudgett states there are only five nurses in Congress, yet there are over 3.1 million registered nurses work in the United States. The expertise and voice of a pubic health nurse is needed in the public policy arena. Mudgett concludes, “It is time to raise public awareness of the value that nurses bring to the table, isn’t it?” The NNNO and supporters of the National Nurse Act of 2015 agree!
On Wednesday, February 25, from 2:30-4:00 pm in Rayburn Office Building Room 2325, Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson and Peter King will be hosting a Congressional Briefing to provide more information about HR 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015.
Kelly Trautner, AFT Director of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals, Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE (NNNO President) and Elizabeth McPhee RN (NNNO Director) are announced speakers with more to be determined. Space is limited but if you are interested in attending, please contact the NNNO.
Over 145 organizations and prominent individuals endorsed the National Nurse Act of 2013 and their support is expected to continue for H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015. The NNNO has contacted each supporter, sending each a copy of the new bill. A request was made to ask permission for the NNNO to add their organization to a new Signatory Letter addressed to Congress that reflects the current legislation. Although there were some changes made to H.R. 379, all parties involved believe these revisions strengthen the bill language and will help in assuring its passage.
Organizations are urged to please email the NNNO Board to receive a copy of the signatory letter if you are interested in supporting The National Nurse Act of 2015. We find when organizations take the time to review and study the legislation they overwhelmingly decide to endorse it.
Please inform the nursing organizations you belong to know that you would like them to share this effort with constituent members so that all nurses can join in the discussion and have an opportunity to participate.
January 30, 2015
The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson
U.S. House of Representatives
2468 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
The Honorable Pete King
US House of Representatives
339 Cannon House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Dear Representatives Johnson and King:
On behalf of the more than thirty-five thousand Registered Nurses of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Nurse Alliance of California, thank you for co- introducing the National Nurse Act of 2015 (H.R. 379). Designating the current Chief Nurse Officer of the Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health would strengthen efforts by nurses in every community to assist in initiating a nationwide shift to prevention to yield improved health outcomes. The National Nurse for Public Health’s support for the Surgeon General’s focus on prevention, developing nurses as community health advocates, and promoting professional nursing is key to the role nursing plays in our nation’s healthcare infrastructure.
The National Nurse Act of 2015 is of particular significance to our 35,000 Registered Nurses who work in multiple care settings, including public health nursing. The members of the Nurse Alliance Steering Committee, the governing body of SEIU’s Nurse Alliance of California, unanimously support this legislation.
Our nurses are on the front lines of our healthcare system. There is a projection of severe nursing shortages in our country that is expected to continue. By elevating the contributions of nurses and enhancing nursing recruitment and education throughout all communities, the National Nurse for Public Health would help address this crisis.
The U.S. currently ranks 19th worldwide in preventable deaths, and current estimates predict a 42% increase in 7 chronic diseases. By promoting health awareness, increasing health literacy, and reducing health disparities, the National Nurse for Public Health would plan an important role in improving our nation’s health.
SEIU Nurse Alliance of California commends you for your leadership and urges other Members of Congress to co sponsor this important legislation.
Ingela A. Dahlgren RN
Executive Director, SEIU Nurse Alliance of California
H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015 designates the same individual serving as the Chief Nurse Officer of the US Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health. Increasing the visibility of this prominent nurse will help to more effectively engage nurses and health professionals to promote wellness and emphasize disease prevention in their local communities as well as respond in emergencies. As the largest sector of the healthcare workforce, nurses are poised to participate in a national movement towards improved public health. The National Nurse for Public Health would provide a uniting voice and leadership to accomplish this goal.
A Section-by-Section Summary of the bill is now posted on the National Nurse website.
Many have inquired about the differences between the current and previous version of the bill, H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. These revisions were made at the request of many leaders from within the nursing community:
1. The preamble in H.R. 379 states the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of the Public Health Service (PHS) will be designated as the National Nurse for Public Health (H.R. 485 stated to establish the position of National Nurse from the same individual serving as the CNO of the PHS).
2. At the request of the nursing community, all language requesting the position of the CNO/NN for PH become full-time has now been deleted. (H.R. 485 asked that the CNO/NN for PH be full time and serve within the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG)) The position will continue as a dual appointment, currently shared between HRSA and the OSG.
3. Rank and Grade- instead of ranking the CNO/NN for Public Health to the Deputy SG (a Grade 0/8 on the GPS) language was changed so the CNO/NN for Public Health would be at the equivalent rank to the Chief of the Army and Air Force Nurse Corps and the Director of Navy Nurse Corps) also a Grade 0/8 on the GPS.
4. Outreach and education has been used in place of “media campaigns” to avoid any need for allocations.
5. An additional duty to the 7 listed in H.R. 485 is the CNO/NN for PH will prepare and publish a biennial report on the state of the Commissioned Corps of the PHS Nurse Category.
6. The focus of the addressing national priorities will now be on the National Prevention Strategy instead of Healthy People 2020. The mission of the OSG is promoting, protecting, and advancing the nation’s health and the OSG takes an active role in implementing goals and evaluating the outcomes delineated in this report.