VNAA Signs On In Support of the National Nurse Act of 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy




VNAA has joined with other national organizations to support H.R. 485, the National Nurse Act of 2013. This bill, introduced by Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Peter King (R-NY), now has 53 bi-partisan House cosponsors. The bill has not been introduced in the Senate.

The National Nurse Act of 2013 would amend the Public Health Service Act to establish the position of National Nurse for Public Health within the Office of the Surgeon General. It would require the individual serving in this role to also serve as the Chief Nurse Officer of the Public Health Service (PHS). Included among the duties of such position are: coordinating related efforts of the PHS, conducting media campaigns, and providing guidance and leadership for activities that will increase public safety and emergency preparedness.

The legislation requires the National Nurse for Public Health to: (1) participate in identification of national health priorities; (2) encourage volunteerism of nurses and strengthen the relationship between government agencies and health-related national organizations; and (3) promote the dissemination of evidence-based practice in educating the public on health promotion and disease prevention activities.
 
While it is unclear if this legislation will be approved by Congress this year, VNAA encourages its members to support H.R. 485. Please consider contacting your US Representative to urge them to cosponsor H.R. 485, the National Nurse Act of 2013. More information, including templates for phone calls and letters, is available at www.nationalnurse.org.   
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