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Monday, August 29, 2011

California Alliance for Retired Americans Endorses National Nurse Act of 2011!


Thank you to the California Alliance for Retired Americans for their recent endorsement of HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011. The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that unites retired workers and community groups to win social and economic justice, full civil rights, and a better, more secure future for future generations. CARA is a state affiliate of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

From CARA's website: "The Alliance is an organization of retirees who are committed to activism and want to influence the policies of government to improve the well being of California's older adults. As an umbrella organization for more than 165 affiliated groups, CARA serves a combined membership of over 800,000 Californians. Its broad-based coalition includes senior centers, tenant associations, retired public employee organizations, trade union retirees, and a variety of other agencies and associations."

We are proud to include this prestigious organization as a supporter of HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011. For a complete list of endorsers please visit http://nationalnurse.org/endorsements.shtml

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Monday, August 15, 2011

TAANA Unanimously Endorses HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011



Thank you to The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA), TAANA Board of Directors and President Edie Brous RN, Esq, for their overwhelming support of HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011. Here is the endorsement letter sent to President Teri Mills and the National Nursing Network Organization's Board of Directors:

Dear President Mills,

The Board of Directors of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA), voted unanimously to support HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011 during their June, 2011 Board of Directors meeting. TAANA believes the establishment of a more prominent and visible presence of nursing will promote the profession and consequently, the public health.

The National Nurse Act of 2011 is especially appealing to our members, because it takes an existing and already funded position, the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS, and asks that this nurse be designated as the National Nurse for Public Health. Bestowing this unique title will provide the necessary authority, stature, impetus and recognition to deliver messages of health promotion and disease prevention.

This timely piece of legislation comes at a time when many individuals in our country suffer with chronic and preventable conditions. Establishing this position will not only reduce the occurrence of illness, but will also decrease the costs for care and services which is critically important as our country continues to deal with economic uncertainty.

TAANA is proud to lend our collective voice towards this effort and strongly supports HR 1119, The National Nurse Act of 2011 and we look forward to continuing our work with the National Nursing Network Organization to achieve passage of this legislation.

Sincerely,
Edie Brous RN, BSN, MS, MPH, JD
2011 TAANA President

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Monday, August 01, 2011

The Debt Crisis in America and HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011


Many have asked about the cost benefit ratio of HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011. The potential return on investmentĀ that could result with passage of this legislation is tremendous. Take Type 2 diabetes as an example of one preventable disease. The CDC website reports that in 2007, the most recent year that statistics were collected, 25.8 million Americans who were diagnosed with diabetes cost $174 billion for the care they received. This is an average cost of $6744 per patient.

Given that there are 79 million people at risk for diabetes, the resulting cost would be (25.8 million + 79 million) times $6744 = $ 706.79 billion, an increase of $532.79 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 stop even 1% of those at-risk from developing diabetes, this would represent a savings of 0.01 times $532.79 billion = $5.33 billion. This could also be calculated by saying that 1% of 79 million = 790,000 people, which would save 790,000 times $6744 = $5.33 billion.

Prevention saves money and more importantly, eliminates needless suffering and saves lives. Let's all make a concerted effort and make sure that HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011 is enacted into law soon.

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