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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Representatives Johnson and Joyce Introduce Resolution Recognizing National Nurses Week

May 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing National Nurses Week. This annually observed week highlights the important contributions nurses make every day in the administration of health care for millions of Americans and the promotion of healthy lifestyles that improve the country’s overall public health.

“As the first registered nurse elected to Congress, I know how crucial nurses are to improving the health and wellbeing of Americans all across our nation. From caring for the sick to educating communities on disease prevention, nurses are the cornerstone of our public health system,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “During this week when our nation express admiration and appreciation for the work nurses do, I am delighted to be joined by my colleagues, including Congressman Joyce, to  celebrate nurses in Congress. By honoring nurses, we are supporting better health care and quality of life for all Americans.”

“As the proud husband of a nurse and Co-Chair of the House Nursing Caucus, I can personally attest to the dedication nurses put into caring for their patients each and every day,” said Rep. Joyce. “By recognizing National Nurses Week, we acknowledge that nurses are the backbone of our health care system and honor all of their hard work. I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution with Congresswoman Johnson to celebrate our nation’s nurses and their contributions to the health and wellbeing of the American people.”

This resolution highlights the contributions of our nation’s nurses, which include:

  • Nurses represent the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, with an estimated population of 4,000,000 registered nurses in the United States;
  • When nurse staffing levels increase, the risk of patient complications and length of hospital stays decrease, resulting in cost savings;
  • Increased Federal and State investment is needed to support programs such as the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (title VIII of the Public Health Service Act), which bolster the nursing workforce at all levels, to increase the number of doctorally prepared faculty members, and to educate more nurse research scientists who can discover new nursing care models to improve the health status of the Nation’s diverse population; and
  • Nurses have been voted as the Nation’s most honest and ethical profession for the past 17 years

The resolution has been endorsed by the American Nurses Association and was also cosponsored by Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Brian K. Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Susan Wild (PA-07), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Terri A. Sewell (AL-07), Steve Cohen (TN-09), Raul M. Grijalva (AZ-03) Chris Pappas (NH-01), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Steven Horsford (NV-04), Cynthia Axne (IA-03), Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), and Thomas R. Suozzi (NY-03).