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The "National Nurse" initiative.

Recently, the IPNRC endorsed the "Office of the National Nurse" initiative of the National Nursing Network Organization. We received the following information from their President, Teri Mills, RN, MS, ANP, CNE.

Thank you for the International Parish Nurse Resource Center's endorsement of the Office of the National Nurse Initiative. It is truly with your support that we have been able to continue this grassroots effort to improve our nation's health.

As you may know, our new website has been launched and contains an overview of the revisions made a year ago. We are recommending the existing Chief Nurse Officer of the United States Public Health Services become a full-time position within the Office of the Surgeon General and that this position be titled the "National Nurse." Re-structuring an existing position is a cost-effective way to transition the country to focus on health promotion. A career Public Health Nurse with years of service to our nation will be an advocate for nurses to initiate community-based education activities, through the Medical Reserve Corps and other existing networks, to slow the rising epidemics of preventable diseases.

This title change to "National Nurse" is necessary to provide the impetus and recognition needed to capture the public's attention and raise awareness of a national push for health promotion efforts. We agree with the ANA and the Quad Council's statement: "A stronger and more visible Chief Nursing Officer would better highlight the roles of nurses in public health, which could serve as a valuable recruitment tool," but we also believe the national recognition of the CNO's role in prevention is crucial.

Enthusiasm for the revised proposal grows; the growing list of endorsements can be viewed on our website. Despite our best efforts to keep everyone informed, we continue to hear reports of inaccurate information being shared, contributing to confusion in the nursing community. So that everyone may base their opinions on facts, we are asking for your help [in getting out information about this initiative].

Nurses are willing to begin promoting the public's health now, led by an Office of the National Nurse. With your continued support, we will begin the important work ahead to keep Americans healthy.

For more information, visit the website of the Office of the National Nurse Initiative at or contact Teri Mills, RN, MS, ANP, CNE, President of the National Nursing Network Organization at or call her at 503-320-2385.
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Author:Mills, Teri
Publication:Parish Nurse Perspectives
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 22, 2008
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