VNAA Works to Promote Nursing Legislation that Would Create National Chief Nurse Officer
Monday, April 22, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

VNAA has joined in the effort to promote elevation of nursing by supporting the National Nurse Act (H.R. 485) introduced by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Peter King (D-NY). The legislation proposes that Congress designate the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) position to also be recognized as the National Nurse for Public Health with the goal of elevating the role of nurses. 

The National Nurse Act of 2013 has four main tenets:
  1. 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
  2. It increases the current CNO position of the US Public Health Service from part time to full time
  3. It ranks the position in parity with the uniformed CNOs who serve on the Federal Nurse Council (Army, Navy, Air Force, and VA); and
  4. 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.

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