It’s that time of year again when members of the National Nurse Team meet with lawmakers in Washington, DC to lobby for the Office of the National Nurse. Here’s why we need a National Nurse:

Purpose:

• To establish symbolic national leadership for a new philosophy and cultural shift to prevention in US Healthcare
• To raise visibility, enhance prestige and support recruitment to nursing,
• To provide guidance for state and local leadership that can mobilize nurse volunteers and other healthcare providers at the local level to enhance prevention and improve health outcomes.

The National Nurse would work side by side with the Surgeon General, and each would compliment the work of the other. We must strive to improve the health of all Americans. Go to www.nationalnurse.org to find out more about the Office of the National Nurse.

Florence Nightingale would want an Office of the National Nurse. How about you? Every American deserves a nurse.

Before I go I want to let you know that I am hosting Change of Shift on April 3. Please send me your submissions by April 1 to nurseratchedsplace@yahoo.com.