Thank you to Shelby Evans, Associate Editor of ADVANCE for Nurses
who authored a recent article about the Office of the National Nurse initiative in the September issue, "United State of Nursing"
. Ms. Evans summarizes the entire article in her sub-heading, Quest continues to establish an Office of the National Nurse.
The author takes us back to May 2005 when the op/ed, "America's Nurse" was published in The New York Times.
It contains the current proposal
that was revised in the summer of 2007 based on feedback the National Nursing Network Board of Directors
received from national nursing leaders, stakeholders, and elected officials. From the article:
The importance of the prestige implicit in the concept of a National Nurse is part of the reason the campaign seeks to grow the office from the current USPHS chief nursing officer role. The position already is aligned to work directly with the office of the Surgeon General and is reputable among public health nursing leadership.
"We want to elevate that stature and bring about cooperation, not competition, and work together on common goals," Mills said. "We do need to do something differently, and it is a paradigm shift in some regards — and yet not really. All the pieces have been in play for years, we just have to put them together."
The fragmentation of the nursing profession in recent years, due to emphasis on specialty, education level and other factors, is something that could be improved through national nurse leadership, Mills believes, and uniting in common goals is crucial.
"There's just too much work to be done to be pulled apart; we need to come together."
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, October 06, 2008