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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Educating Others About the Office of the National Nurse Initiative

Pictured: Alisa Schneider MSN, RN and Teri Mills MS, RN, ANP, CNE

Thanks to Portland Community College employees Marc Cole, Media Services Technician; Rose Leiker, Director of the Office of the National Nurse Event; Sue Quast, District Education Production Manager; Lynn Reese, Instructional Support Technician; Robert Schmitt, Media Services Manager; Steve J. Smith, Curriculum Support Services Director; and Mike Young, Training DOC Distance Learning Services on Tuesday, May 29, 2007, Portland Community College nursing faculty Teri Mills and Alisa Schneider successfully used the college videoconferencing system (ITV) to give a live presentation about the efforts to create an Office of the National Nurse.

A link to the videostream is now available.

The live videoconference included the following community colleges: Holyoke CC, Wachusett CC, and Santa Barbara CC and Portland CC. In all over 100 students, faculty, and staff participated in this event. Students from the NSNA Chapter of Santa Barbara City College were so impressed with the idea of creating an Office of the National Nurse, that they are planning to pass out letters for incoming and returning students to sign in support to be mailed to their U.S. Congressional members.

A very exciting aspect about the video teleconference was that PCC was able to use its recently acquired Mediasite system to capture and stream the presentation thus allowing approximately 1400 other schools access to the program.

We invite and encourage you to watch this program and to use it to educate others about the National Nurse initiative. If you have any suggestions or questions, please email Teri.

Here is a list of suggestions that came in tonight from a viewer in regards to the functions of the Office of the National Nurse:

Recruitment of interested nurses to join local community NN teams
Support for state leadership to enhance statewide networking of NN teams
Regularly scheduled media broadcasts focusing on specific health issues
Providing PSAs to draw attention to current health issues and recommend risk reduction activities
Formation of local NN Team Speakers' Bureaus to blitz community groups regarding certain health issues
Post downloadable materials for health fairs and wellness events that can be adapted and distributed locally
Direct schools and youth service organizations to partner with local NN teams for health promotion for youth.
Encourage NN Teams to partner with local Health related orgs (AHA, Cancer Society, March of Dimes, etc.)
Connect Medical Reserve Corp members and other health professionals to NN Teams for volunteer opportunities.
Advise/support building collaborations between NN Teams and local health care leadership.


Thank you to Mary Young (pictured above) a nursing student at Mt Wachusett Community College who had this to say about the conference:

I am a student in the part-time PN program at Mount Wachusett Community College. I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed the teleconference I was able to be part of on Tuesday 5/29/07. I think what you and Alisa are doing is wonderful! The Campaign for a National Nurse is not only for nurses but for the strengthening of us being advocates for the patient we care for. I hope to understand the National Nursing Network Organization better in the future and to take part.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

American Holistic Nurses Association Endorses an Office of the National Nurse



Thank you Jeanne Crawford, Executive Director of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), President Carla Mariano EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAIM and the AHNA Leadership Council for their endorsement of an Office of the National Nurse. Here is the letter that the AHNA sent to Representative Lois Capps (CA-23):

May 22, 2007

To Rep. Lois Capps:

The American Holistic Nurses Association, a membership organization of 3500 nurses that serves as the definitive voice for holistic nurses, is honored to fully support HR 4903, The National Nurse Act of 2006 and the creation of a federal Office of the National Nurse.

Nurses comprise the largest health profession in the United States and we agree with Susan Sullivan MSN that “Nursing needs a visible symbol to help raise visibility and prestige to combat the shortage of nurses. Leadership at the national level will not only improve recruitment into nursing, but can harness the nation's large nurse workforce to lead the way to create a culture of prevention in health care. Nurses participating on community based teams under the leadership and guidance of a National Nurse could change our culture, and lead the nation to a new philosophy with a focus on prevention in our healthcare system." (Senior Public Health Nurse and Public Health Training Coordinator in Public Health Community Nursing Services, May 17, 2007)

Thank you for the opportunity to add our voices to the growing clamor for a Federal Office of the National Nurse.

The Leadership Council of the American Holistic Nurses Association
323 North San Francisco
Suite 201
Flagstaff, AZ
86001

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

PHN Susan Sullivan Goes to Washington


Taken at the US Department of Health and Human Services Offices in Maryland. (Left to Right) Susan Sullivan MSN, PHN (OC Public Health Nurse), Teri Mills MS, RN, ANP, CNE (President, National Nursing Network Organization), Capt David Kelly (US Public Health Service Chair of PAC-N ), Rear Admiral Carol Romano (Asst. U.S. Surgeon General and Chief Nurse of US Public Health Service),  Alisa Schneider MSN, RN (Secretary, National Nursing Network Organization), Rear Admiral Robert C. Williams (US Surgeon General Chief of Staff).

Susan Sullivan, MSN (Senior Public Health Nurse and Public Health Training Coordinator in Public Health Community Nursing Services) joined nurse colleagues Teri Mills RN, MS, ANP, CNE and Alisa Schneider, RN, MSN, leaders of the National Nursing Network Organization who spoke at the Orange County Employee Association last year.  Their lobbying trip to Washington, DC was late in March as they continued the campaign to create an Office of the National Nurse. 

Sullivan writes, "I have been a nurse for over 40 years, and I think this is the most important legislation regarding nursing I have seen.  Nursing needs a visible symbol to help raise visibility and prestige to combat the shortage of nurses.  Leadership at the national level will not only improve recruitment into nursing, but can harness the nation's large nurse workforce to lead the way to create a culture of prevention in health care. Nurses participating on community based teams under the leadership and guidance of a National Nurse could change our culture, and lead the nation to a new philosophy with a focus on prevention in our healthcare system."

This was my first foray into the political process and what an introduction! I felt such pride in this effort by nurses and saw firsthand the continued support and enthusiastic leadership of this grass roots campaign."

Susan says she experienced an adrenaline high due to the excitement of being at the Capitol, and visiting the actual offices of so many U.S. Congressmen and women. But the clincher was seeing the existing support for this initiative, sensing how the staffers received the National Nurse Team informational packets, and how they spent their valuable time meeting with the delegation. The Legislators' interest is confirmed by their comments and their sense of awareness of the significance of this initiative.  She states, "The staffers and congressional members truly grasp the potential nurses have to make a significant contribution to public health, by teaching prevention and to generate positive outcomes in the health care system. The good work that nurses quietly do everyday to become the most trusted profession and to make a difference in people's lives is recognized and valued by Congress. That is so good to know!"

A highlight of the visit was a lengthy meeting with Rear Admiral Carol Romano, Chief Nurse, USPHS and Rear Admiral Robert Williams, Chief of  Staff to the US Surgeon General.  Her meeting with them convinced her that they too see how local teams of volunteer nurses, with leadership from a National Nurse, could make a real difference in improving health in communities nationwide.

Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23), introduced HR 4903 to create an Office of the National Nurse in the 109th Congress.  Susan had visited with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in her Garden Grove Office last fall, and Sanchez enthusiastically added her support to HR 4903.  More than 40 U.S. Representatives have signed on to co-sponsor the initiative since then. Current plans are to revise some aspects of the legislation and re-introduce it into the 110th session.    Susan says, "Hopefully there will be a National Nurse in our future to serve as a professional role model and beacon to attract young people to nursing and other health professions.”

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thank You Nightingale Initiative for Global Health


Thank you to the NIGH International Co-Directors for the following letter endorsing legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse. It is thrilling to have the support of an organization of this caliber and also to know the National Nursing Network Organization shares the NIGH goal of promoting health and highlighting the important work nurses do. For more information about the NIGH visit www.nightingaledeclaration.net and sign the petition.

The NIGH today posted their announcement of support on their website.

Here is a transcript of the letter:

The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health is pleased to be able to take a support position on HR 4903. This very important federal legislation, authored by Representative Lois Capps, of California, will focus national attention on the importance of nursing; hopefully inspire entry into nursing careers, and enhance the value of practicing nurses.

The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) is developing the Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC) to support the 2008 UN General Assembly in adopting the following two United Nations Resolutions:
• 2010: International Year of the Nurse
• 2111-2020: UN Decade for a Healthy World

NIGH is further engaged in interdisciplinary dialogues for partnership and collaboration with nurses, midwives, related professionals and allied health care providers and other concerned citizens throughout the world. With focus on connection rather than specialization, NIGH is building a diverse and committed global network to implement the Nightingale Declaration Campaign and its objectives for this UN Decade.

Initial NDC sponsors are the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Decision Critical, Inc. and Dr. Jean Watson. NIGH welcomes worldwide collaboration of all interested organizations, universities, co-sponsors and individuals for participation in this innovative Internet-based advocacy project. Our mission is to:

• Unite, educate, support and collaborate with nurses, midwives, related professionals and allied health care providers and concerned citizens toward the goal of achieving a healthy world by 2020.
• Highlight the significance of nursing, midwifery and associated health services as critical components in all areas addressing global health.

If this legislation passes, and the Office of the National Nurse is established, it will help to prioritize and deliver the health agenda to the nation by complementing government services
already in place, and will focus much needed attention to a health agenda that prioritizes wellness and prevention. We strongly support this legislation.

Sincerely,

Barbara M. Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN
Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
NIGH International Co-Directors

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Office of the National Nurse In the News



Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice

Teri Mills and Alisa Schneider’s article, The Office of the National Nurse, Leadership for A New Era of Prevention, appears in the just released February 2007 issue (volume 8, issue 1, pages 64-70) of Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice. To view the abstract visit Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice.

This commentary discusses the need to focus the nation on health and the need for a national presence of nursing leadership. The three tenets of the Office of the National Nurse are explained and evidence is provided to support a nurse-led, multiple format delivery of health promotion education. The article concludes with a synopsis of the National Nurse Act of 2006 and includes response to opposing viewpoints.

Single copies of the article are not available, but if you attend or teach in a school of nursing, you should be able to obtain the journal through interlibrary loan or through summit. The journal will also be on line at Sage Publications.

If you wish to purchase the full journal, please contact the customer customer service department at journals@sagepub.com or call 800-818-7243.



Nurse Zone Publication

Thank you to Christina Orlovsky, senior writer at The Office of the National Nurse Gets a Push Forward.

"In the nearly two years since Teri Mills, MS, RN, ANP, CNE, expressed her thoughts to the New York Times about creating an Office of the National Nurse, nurses and legislators nationwide have continuously offered their support for her cause. The latest supporter: the state of New York, led by New York Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, a nurse, who encouraged the New York Assembly to unanimously adopt a resolution encouraging Congress to make Mills’ vision a reality," states Orlovsky.



Nurses In Motion Videostream Now Available

The National Nursing Network Organization would like to express its gratitude to Health in 30 host and producer Barbara Ficarra RN, BSN, MPA for her initiation in setting up an interview with National Nurse advocates Edie Brous JD, RN and Keith Olsen BA, RN on her show, Nurses In Motion. Ms. Ficarra's article National Nurse to Lead the Way In Health Care directs readers to the videostream link so you may watch and listen at your convenience.

Just in time for National Nurses Week, Ms. Ficarra emphatically states, "Nurses need to be recognized as the true professionals they are. Nurses must step forward and advocate for the public."

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