“When it comes to legislation that would impact nurses, American Nurses Association plays a key role in advocating for sound public policy. However, ANA cannot impact Washington legislators alone. Without input from YOU and our grassroots community, nurses are at risk of losing critical government funding and not being included in legislation that effects the delivery of health services. In 3 simple steps, ensure YOUR voice will be heard in Washington!’ ~ANA
Today, with the focus on prevention, education, consumer empowerment and engagement as the keys to containing escalating healthcare costs, all eyes are turning to nurses. Why, you ask? Because nurses are the most trusted and largest segment of the healthcare workforce, numbering 3.1 million registered nurses throughout the United States.
- The bill designates the Chief Nurse Officer position in the United States Public Health Services to be uniquely known as the National Nurse for Public Health. Doing so will make the Chief Nurse 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 bill increases the current Chief Nurse Office position of the United States Public Health Service from part time to full time.
- The bill ranks the position in parity with the uniformed Chief Nurse Officers who serve on the Federal Nurse Council (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Veterans Administration). Currently the Chief Nurse Office is not the same grade.
- The bill calls for the Chief Nurse Office of the United States Public Health Services/ National Nurse for Public Health to engage willing nurses, retirees, students, and other health professionals to participate in and replicate successful health promotion programs.
Nurses make key contributions on behalf of the nation’s health each and every day. I ask that you support HR 485 The National Nurse Act of 2013 because it is of critical importance to make sure the voice of nursing continues at the federal policy table, as well as the public arena, especially in our local communities, to help combat the epidemic of chronic preventable conditions that are sweeping our country. Take time today to visit the National Nurse Network websites to gain a better understanding of the Bill and access the tools that will help you be part of this dynamic grassroots movement