On Nurses Day, Monday, May 6, we begin the week long celebration of Nurses Week 2013. There are many ways to honor nurses. One way would be to support legislation that would help elevate the nursing profession by establishing an office of the National Nurse for Public Health which would bring attention to the nursing profession and provide national leadership in the health care community to meet the needs of the public.
" There is overwhelming evidence supporting the critical need to boost health promotion and prevention efforts as well as answer the public demand for increased leadership in nursing. HR 485 will bring forth the significant and trusted voice of the nurse to the ongoing conversation about health and health care in America. " Teri Mills RN, MS, CNE President National Nursing Network Organization
HR485 The National Nurse Act of 2013 is an active bill in the House of Representatives. It was introduced by a nurse, Eddie Bernice Johnson TX-30. To date there are 54 co-sponsors for this bill. Give yourself and your colleagues the best Nurses Week gift by calling or emailing your U.S. Representative and either thanking them for their support of HR485, or encouraging them to step up and co-sponsor the bill now. Ask to speak to the aide in charge of health care issues. Tell them you're a constituent.
Monday night (5/6/13) at 9PM EST, Susan Sullivan, Secretary of NNNO (National Nursing Network Organization) will be on RN.FM Radio to discuss the bill and answer questions from listeners. Please listen in and tell your friends. To listen LIVE on your computer, visit this link ( http://bit.ly/Yl7Cyt ). You can listen on your phone by calling (347) 308-8064. The program will also be available after the broadcast for archived listening at http://bit.ly/Yl7Cyt . It will also be available as a free podcast on iTunes.
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