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To The Members of the United States Congress:
The Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives (NWONE), representing over 425 nurse leaders including certified nurse educators, Hospital Chief Nursing Executives, CEOs and COOs, academic deans of nursing, and nurse business owners who reside in Oregon, Washington and beyond, is proud to lend its support to HR 3679, the National Nurse Act of 2011. The mission of NWONE, to advance the leadership contribution of nurses in creating health care solutions to serve our communities, is directly aligned with the position of a national nursing leader, national nursing leadership voice, and with the proposed legislation of the National Nurse Act.
HR 3679, introduced on December 15, 2011 by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and co led by Congressman Peter King (NY-3), proposes that Congress designate the USPHS Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) position as the National Nurse for Public Health to serve as a recognizable leader in health promotion and disease prevention, elevate nursing's influence and prominence, better utilize the expertise of nurses, and serve a vital function in our current climate of health care reform. The National Nurse for Public Health would assume the current duties of the CNO andwould provide guidance and conduct media campaigns to promote public health.
Furthermore, as we continue to transform our health systems at the state and national level, it is important that we work to elevate the role of public health nursing to create community level systems, identify public health concerns, and achieve early intervention for identified needs. Our current health care system is based on sick care not health care. A philosophical and cultural shift to focus on wellness at the state and national level that is reinforced by nurses in every community would go a long way in promoting health, reducing costs, and saving lives.
Nurses make key contributions on behalf of the nation’s health each and every day. We ask that you support HR 3679, the National Nurse Act of 2011 because it is of critical importance to make sure the voice of nursing continues to be heard at the federal policy table and in the public arena. Thank you for your consideration and please call upon NWONE if we can be of further support as this bill moves forward.
Cheryl Nester Wolfe COO/CNO
Gladys Campbell RN, MSN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer NWONE