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Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE (President National Nursing Network Organization)
Thank you to Dr. Johnetta Miner, PhD, RN, NP, AHN-BC for her interest in The National Nurse Act. Dr. Miner is the Founder/CEO of Lifestyle Wellness Enterprise and Lifestyle Wellness Network which is an organization serving clinicians, healing arts practitioners and clients. She has been an Integrative Care Nurse Practitioner for over fifteen years and is certified by NY State as a Women’s Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She is an Advanced Holistic Nurse, Board Certified (AHN-BC) by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). Health Practitioners Podcasts feature conversations with Integrative Care Practitioners, Healing Arts Practitioners, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants (PAs) and other clinicians and practitioners who provide integral care.
On this episode of the Health Practitioner Podcast, Dr. Miner speaks with Teri Mills, a retired Nurse Practitioner, who is currently the President of the National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) to explore what the National Nurse Act of 2013 is and why it is needed.
The National Nurse Act of 2013 is written to encompass and align with the goals and outcomes of the National Prevention Strategy (NPS). According to the Surgeon General’s website, “The Strategy prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health and save lives. It envisions a prevention-oriented society where all sectors recognize the value of health for individuals, families, and society and work together to achieve better health for Americans.”
Each year the National Prevention Council submits a report describing national progress in meeting specific prevention, health promotion, and public health goals defined in the NPS to the President and the relevant committees in Congress. To read a summary of the 2014 Annual Status Report of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council) visit http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/prevention/2014-npc-status-report.pdf.
Left to Right: Debbie Orre MSN, RN; Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE; Susan Sullivan MSN, RN, PHN; Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak; CNO RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams; Susan Sullivan MSN, RN, PHN; Audrey Bayer BSN, RN, PCCN-C; Elizabeth McPhee RN
The Board of Directors of the National Nursing Network Organization had the privilege to meet with U.S. Public Health Service leadership while in Washington D.C. It was a thrill and an honor to have a conversation with Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) Sylvia Trent-Adams, and Special Assistant to the Chief Nurse, LT Chandra E. Jolley.
Rear Admiral Trent-Adams was promoted to her position last January, succeeding RADM Kerry Nesseler. In her role as CNO, RADM Trent-Adams is responsible for leading the Commissioned Corps of the USPHS (Corps) Nurse Professional Affairs and also serves as an Assistant Surgeon General. The USPHS Corps is an organization that includes a group of nearly 6,800 public health professionals dedicated to helping the underserved and vulnerable population. RADM Trent-Adams, a former Army nurse, also maintains a dual position as Deputy Associate Administrator in the HIV/AIDS Bureau within Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
We were very impressed by the caliber of these three leaders and left feeling inspired and energized. We are proud to recognize the work they do on a daily basis to promote, protect, and advance the health of our nation.
National organizations are stepping up and partnering with the NNNO to secure passage of the National Nurse Act of 2013. On September 10, 2014, the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) Leadership, Board of Directors, and Public Policy Committee, along with nearly 60 members of the CMSA case management community from various states across the country, met once again on Capitol Hill with House and Senate members of Congress.
Coincidentally, this was the same day that NNNO advocates were on the Hill.
During their appointments, CMSA delivered an important message regarding the critical value professional case managers add to the health care system to ensure safe transitions and quality, efficient care for the populations being served across the health care continuum. Overall, CMSA reported they had a very successful day on the Hill.
They advocated for the clients they serve and brought several bills to the attention of legislators including the National Nurse Act of 2013. CMSA believes this bill would give a greater voice to issues important to nurses and nursing, as well as increasing health awareness, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities. The National Nurse for Public Health would raise awareness about what everyone can do to prevent illness while improving our own health and that of our families.
Elizabeth McPhee RN and Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE
Thanks to the generous financial support of many individuals, nurses from California, Florida, Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia returned to Washington DC earlier this month to advocate for S. 1475 and H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. Supporters were energized following their visits to over 60 Congressional offices during their two days on the Hill. The leadership of the National Nursing Network Organization is more committed than ever to bringing the National Nurse Act to passage.
It was rewarding to hear so many positive comments from members and staff:
“I had a nice meeting with the National Nurse group today. I spoke with my boss and she would like to support elevation of public health, prevention, and nursing. Please sign her on to the bill, thanks!”
“It was my pleasure to meet with you all. I wanted to let you know the good news—I had a chance to speak to the Congressman about H.R. 485 and he has agreed to become a cosponsor. I just received confirmation that we were added yesterday. Really appreciate your advocacy and for originally bringing this to our attention. Hopefully this important bill will get consideration before the end of the year!”
“In all my years working on Capitol Hill, the National Nursing Network Organization is by far the best advocacy group I have ever worked with.”
“Your handouts and ability to answer questions demonstrates how well prepared you are to advocate for The National Nurse Act.”
As nurses we share common goals in reducing the burden of chronic preventable conditions; decreasing soaring healthcare costs, ending needless suffering, and working towards a more healthy society. Many have asked about the cost benefit ratio of S.1475, The National Nurse Act of 2013. The potential return on investment that could result with passage of this legislation is tremendous.
Take Type 2 diabetes as an example of one preventable disease. The CDC website (released in 2014) reports that in 2014, the most recent year that statistics were collected 28.9 million Americans who were diagnosed with diabetes cost $245 billion for the care they received. This is an average cost of $7,900 per patient. Given that there are 86 million people at risk for diabetes even if only half of them eventually develop the disease, additional cost for treatment would be 43 million times $7900, an increase of over $339 billion! If the National Nurse for Public Health could engage others in delivering proven successful programs that work to prevent Type 2 DM, and could prevent 1% of those at-risk from developing diabetes, this would represent a savings of 1% of 86 million times $7900, or about $6.8 BILLION.
The most exciting news to report is that plans are already underway for early introduction of the National Nurse Act in the 114th Congress in both the House and the Senate!