The National Nurses' Act is getting very close to gaining a hearing and we need Maryland congressmen to push it over the threshold
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Bill designates Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of Public Health Service (PHS) as the National Nurse for Public Health.
The intent of the National Nurse Act is to strengthen the influence of the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS to address public health initiatives with emphasis on being a leading voice for public health for nurses and to encourage greater involvement of nurses, without any additional economic or time burden on the existing role.CNO position is currently a dual appointment and is shared with the branch of the Health and Human Services that CNO worked in prior to appointment.
Duties and responsibilities currently held by CNO are retained.
CNO/National Nurse for Public Health will:
1. Function alongside Surgeon General and focus on priorities of health promotion, improving health literacy, and decreasing health disparities;
2. Serve as a visible national spokesperson for engaging nurses in leadership, policy, and prevention efforts; and
3. Encourage health professionals to work and/or volunteer with community programs to improve health.
4. Provide guidance and leadership for activities that will increase public safety and emergency preparedness.
Conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and opioid addiction pose the greatest threat to the health of Americans and to our nation’s economy. Nurses play a critical role in prevention and management of these conditions and the work of the CNO/National Nurse for Public Health focusing on prevention will help reduce the occurrence of illness and contain health care costs.
The National Nurse Act of 2019 is simple, pragmatic, and can be implemented as it is written without the request of additional allocations.
This bill has strong bipartisan support in the 116th Congress with 175 co-sponsors (52 original) for H.R. 1597. Currently, 12 Senators are co-sponsoring S. 696. There are 113 endorsing organizations that include nursing, labor, key stakeholders and six state legislative bodies (MA, OR, NJ, NY and VT) that previously passed resolutions with overwhelming support urging Congress to enact this legislation.
For more information, visit http://nationalnurse.org
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