Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BREAKING NEWS-- US Senate Proposes Companion Bill for The National Nurse Act of 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Honoring National Nurses Day, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced the bipartisan National Nurse Act of 2015, legislation that would elevate the role of nurses in America’s public health by designating a National Nurse for Public Health.

HR 379 was introduced in the House of Representatives in January, 2015 by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Rep. Pete King (R-NY). Now there is a companion bill in the Senate.

Rep. Johnson is one of several nurses serving in the Congress. Sen. Merkey's wife is a nurse. “As the husband of a nurse, I know firsthand the hard work that nurses put into caring for their patients and helping them live healthy lives,” said Merkley. “As we celebrate National Nurses Day, it is important to recognize the essential role of nurses in our health care system. It’s time we had a National Nurse for Public Health who is empowered to act as a national leader in improving our public health.”

Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE, President of the National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) states, “We are delighted to have strong bipartisan support for this legislation, and because it does not require any appropriation of funds, we hope Congress can agree to pass this soon. As Congress and the President continue to grapple with our country’s budget crisis, it would be wise to consider the financial impact that the seven most common chronic diseases have on our economy.”

Celebrate nurses today by writing to your Senator and Congressional Rep. (find a sample letter or email and contact information here). Spread the word on social media. Sign up for the National Nurse Newsletter to stay informed.

Happy Nurses Day!!