In the mix: Does the U.S. need an Office of the National Nurse?

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, March 29, 2010

On February 4, 2010, Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced into the US House of Representatives HR 4601, a bill to create an Office of the National Nurse, according to

Blumenauer argued the case for such an office, saying that such a position would complement the Surgeon General (an office that is 140 years old) in helping face the challenges of public health.

Alisa Schneider, MSN, RN, Vice President of the National Nurse Network Organization (NNNO), the grassroots group that has been advocating for the past several years for an Office of the National Nurse, spoke with Medscape on the topic, noting that the position of National Nurse would help illness prevention through a network of nurse volunteers and would likely be someone from within the U.S. Public Health Service. He or she would serve as the national face of nursing, similar to the Surgeon General.

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