The National Nurse Act of 2013 has four main tenets:
- It designates the CNO position in the USPHS to be uniquely known as the National Nurse for Public Health to increase visibility of this position
- It increases the current CNO position of the US Public Health Service from part time to full time
- It ranks the position in parity with the uniformed CNOs who serve on the Federal Nurse Council (Army, Navy, Air Force, and VA); and
- It calls for the CNO of the USPHS/ National Nurse for Public Health to engage willing nurses, retirees, students, and other health professionals to participate in and replicate successful health promotion programs.
VNAA is uniquely aware of the tremendous work nurses do to support vulnerable patients in all situations but most especially in their home and at the end of life.
To review the full legislative language, please click here.
VNAA is preparing a letter of support for the bill and will provide further tools to assist members in supporting this legislation.