Friday, August 6, 2010

Do We Need a National Nurse?

There is legislation under consideration in the House of Representatives to create an Office of the National Nurse.  Sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR3), this bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of the National Nurse within the Public Health Service.  The National Nurse would: "(1) identify annual health priorities; (2) encourage volunteerism and strengthen the relationship between government agencies and health-related national organizations; and (3) encourage community-based, nonprofit organizations to seek grants for the purpose of education and interventions to address the annual priorities."

In a new article for HealthLeaders Media, Rebecca Hendren spoke with Teri Mills, the author of the original New York Times op-ed (2005) that first suggested the idea.  Mills shared her thoughts about why this office would be incredibly important.

Click here to read the article and comment below to tell us what you think.

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