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Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Representing the 30th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement After Introducing National Nurse Act of 2017

Mar 21, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman  Johnson introduced the National Nurse Act of 2017, which would designate the Chief Nurse Officer position of the U.S. Public Health Service as “The National Nurse for Public Health.” Congresswoman Johnson released the following statement describing the importance of the bill:

“The National Nurse Act of 2017 is a common-sense, cost-effective way to improve the health and wellness of all Americans.  As a registered non-practicing nurse whose political career began in nursing, I know firsthand how national policy can sometimes fail or inhibit nurses working in the field,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Therefore, establishing a National Nurse, who would work alongside the Surgeon General, would help advocate for nurses and in turn advance healthcare for the many Americans who see nurses every day.”

“The National Nurse could focus on the important issues of health promotion, improving health literacy, and decreasing health disparities.  Nurses play a critical role in the prevention and management of our nation’s deadliest conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and opioid addiction.  It is my firm belief that establishing a National Nurse for Public Health in America would save so many lives—it is a shame we have not done so already.”

Key Responsibilities of the National Nurse:

  • Collaborate with the Office of the Surgeon General to identify and address national health priorities;
  • Serve as a visible national spokesperson for engaging nurses in leadership, policy, and prevention efforts;
  • Encourage health professionals to work with community programs to improve health;
  • Increase public safety and emergency preparedness and;
  • Prepare and submit biennial report to Congress on nurses serving in the U.S. Public Health Service.

 

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