The National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) is proud to announce the endorsement of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center to establish an Office of the National Nurse. Our thanks go out to Reverend Dr. Deborah L. Patterson, Barbara Wehling, RN, PhD and the 12,000 parish nurses in the United States for their support and for the great work they contribute in helping to keep so many Americans well. Dr. Patterson refers to the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH), who endorsed The Office of the National Nurse initiative in April 2007. We urge you to visit the NIGH website
and join the thousands who have signed the Nightingale Pledge
The following was received on January 25, 2008:
Dear Congresswoman Capps:
I am writing in support of the important legislation you have authored as HR 4903, the National Nurse Act, which focuses attention on the critical importance of nursing, encourages young people to consider entering nursing careers, and recognizes the need to enhance the value of practicing nurses today.
In addition, We strongly support the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH), which 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
As you know, the 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 the UN Decade, which are 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; and highlight the significance of nursing, midwifery and associated health services as critical components in all areas addressing global health. We would ask your support of this initiative, as well.
We work with approximately 12,000 parish nurses around the United States, located in each of the 50 states, and they would greatly appreciate a national effort to recognize the importance of nursing in this way. We also work with parish nursing organizations in a wide variety of countries, several of which have an Office of the National Nurse, which they have found raises the professional visibility of nursing.
If the legislation you have proposed passes, and the Office for 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.
Rev. Deborah L. Patterson
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, February 04, 2008