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Please join the NNNO Board in saying thank you to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and Congressman Peter King (NY-3) for joining together to introduce H.R. 485. Congresswoman Johnson, a Democrat, is the first nurse elected to the U.S. Congress and is presently serving her 11th term in the House of Representatives. Congressman King, a Republican, serves as a member of the Homeland Security Committee; is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence; and is also in his 11th term in the House.
We are grateful to have these dedicated and visionary legislators providing bi-partisan leadership at the helm of this bill. Please consider calling their DC offices to express your appreciation as well:
Congresswoman Johnson: 202-225-8885
Congressman King: 202-225-7896
Currently, 40 additional members of the House of Representatives have publicly declared their support of legislation for a National Nurse for Public Health by becoming co-sponsors of this bill:
Take action by contacting your US Representative if he or she is not listed above to urge them to co-sponsor H.R 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. Let them know you want to see preventive health services delivered to every American by the most trusted health service providers-Nurses!
Portland, Oregon- Nurses in Portland believe they know how to slow rates of chronic disease and thus reduce Medicare and Medicaid costs. Their solution: Involve more nurses in PREVENTION. Their proposal is designate an existing position, the Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health. By doing so, Congress will provide more impetus to promote the Medical Reserve Corps, strengthen existing public health infrastructure, and mobilize available resources of willing nurses and other healthcare workers within each community to deliver and reinforce messages of disease prevention.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) agree and introduced H.R. 485 The National Nurse Act of 2013 on February 4, 2013. The bill has already garnered bipartisan support from 35 members of Congress, including the entire Oregon Congressional Delegation. As a national advocate for nursing actions to champion public health in all communities, the National Nurse for Public Health would collaborate with the Office of the Surgeon General to identify and address national health priorities; serve as a visible national spokesperson for engaging nurses in leadership, policy, and prevention efforts; and encourage health professionals to work with their local community programs to improve health.
Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE, Portland Community College Nurse Educator who serves as the President of the National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) states, “We are delighted to have immediate bipartisan support for this legislation, and because it does not require any appropriation of funds, we hope Congress can agree to pass this quickly. As Congress and the President continue to negotiate to solve the country’s budget crisis, it would be wise to consider the financial impact that the seven most common chronic diseases have on our economy.”
Diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, and underlying causes such as obesity and tobacco use, affect more than 130 million Americans and contribute greatly to our out-of-control healthcare costs. According to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, these conditions cost more than $1 trillion a year, and if there is no change, could balloon to nearly $6 trillion by 2050. Preventable and highly manageable chronic diseases account for 75 cents of every dollar we spend on healthcare in the U.S, every day, every year. Even more daunting, chronic disease costs consume more than 90 cents of every dollar spent on Medicare and Medicaid. In contrast, we spend less than 5 cents on prevention.
Robin Kimmel BSN, RN, member of the NNNO Advocacy Team states, “This legislation brings nurse, the most trusted profession, to the forefront in fulfilling a role they are accustomed to-keeping Americans well. It is time to have a full time, publically recognized nurse leader to represent nursing on the national level as an advocate for health promotion and disease prevention.”
For more information, visit http://nationalnurse.org
Washington, DC—(Monday, February 4, 2013)—Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson introduced the bipartisan National Nurse Act of 2013. The National Nurse Act of 2013 would designate the Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service as the "National Nurse for Public Health." The National Nurse for Public Health would function alongside the Surgeon General and focus on health promotion, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities.
"As the first registered nurse in Congress, I know from experience how nurses play a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention," said Congresswoman Johnson.
"Chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease threaten the health of so many Americans. The National Nurse for Public Health would raise awareness about what each of us can do to prevent illness while improving our own health and that of our families."
The National Nurse Act of 2013, co-led by Congressman Peter King (R-NY), has gained the support of thirty original cosponsors.
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and a senior member of the Science Committee. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.
The National Nursing Network Organization’s Board of Directors and Advocacy Team extends their gratitude and appreciation for the leadership displayed by Congresswoman Johnson and Congressman King in reintroducing this important legislation. We also wish to thank the 30 original co sponsors for their support.
Finally, we would like to recognize the legislative staffers in the offices of Congresswoman Johnson and Congressman King for their hard work and support- special thanks to Lindsay Schubiner and Jamie Tricarico.
The next National Nurse Newsletter will be published soon. Over the next few weeks, we will be updating the National Nurse websites and signatory letter in support of the National Nurse Act of 2013. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact us with your ideas and feedback. Your support will be invaluable to realizing the success of this bill and we look forward to working with all of you in the months ahead.
Our best wishes,
Alisa, Debbie, Elizabeth, Teri, Terri, Sheryl, Susan
The National Nursing Network Organization Board of Directors