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14
March
2016

The National Nursing Network Organization Newsletter

The National Nursing Network Organization and others are working to assure that the National Nurse Act of 2015 (HR 379) receives a committee hearing before the end of the 114th Congress. To date, H.R, 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015 has 71 co sponsors. This number includes 36 Republicans and 35 Democrats, demonstrating support from both sides of the political aisles. Thank you to the following House members who signed on to H.R. 379.

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National Nurse Act Moving Forward

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"Some folks back home decided they wanted a law passed, so they called their local Congressman and he said, 'You're right, there oughta be a law.' Then he sat down and wrote me out and introduced me to Congress. And I became a bill, and I'll remain a bill until they decide to make me a law."  —Schoolhouse Rock

Co-sponsors are key to moving a bill forward. When members sign on to legislation they are indicating not only do they agree with the legislation, they are committed to its passage. A strong list of co sponsors often are the determining factor deciding whether a bill gets a vote or a bill that dies in committee. The National Nursing Network Organization and others are working to assure that the National Nurse Act of 2015 (HR 379) receives a committee hearing before the end of the 114th Congress. To date, H.R, 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015 has 71 co sponsors. This number includes 36 Republicans and 35 Democrats, demonstrating support from both sides of the political aisles. Thank you to the following House members who signed on to H.R. 379.

Rep. Diane Black

Rep. Diane Black (TN-6-R) is the third nurse in Congress to sign on as a co sponsor to H.R, 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015. Rep. Black's real world experiences as a registered nurse have uniquely positioned her as a credible and effective leader on health care policy in Congress. She is a member of the Ways and Means House Committee and also serves on the House Nursing Caucus.

Rep. Tony CardenasRep. Tony Cardenas (CA-29-D) is the first Latino elected to represent the San Fernando Valley in the United States Congress. He is committed to improving health care and access for his constituents in the 29th Congressional District of California. Rep. Cardenas serves on the powerful Energy and Commerce House Committee and is also a member of the Health Subcommittee.

Rep. Richard HudsonRep. Richard Hudson (NC-8-R) is committed to working across the aisle to find solutions to create jobs, cut spending and keep our homeland secure, and he has demonstrated that can be done without compromising core principles. Rep. Hudson is also a member of the Energy and Commerce House Committee.

Rep. Raul RuizRep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36-D) grew up in the community of Coachella, California, where both of his parents were farmworkers. He achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a physician through public education. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and currently serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Rep. Loretta SanchezRep. Loretta Sanchez (CA-46-D) began her congressional career in January of 1997 and is currently serving her tenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She holds senior positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee. She is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the House Nursing Caucus.

Step it up!

CDC Reports Obesity Prevalence Tops 30% in US Population

The need for a nationally recognized public health nurse leader could not be greater as evidenced by the recent report from the CDC. According to MedPage Today, "the prevalence of obesity among adults in the U.S. passed 30% for this first time ever last year, according to new numbers from the CDC." This is an all time record. Only 21% of adults met the guidelines set for physical activity. The Office of the Surgeon General is leading a call to action to "Step It Up" for walking and walkable communities. With a more visible Chief Nurse at his side, known as the National Nurse for Public Health, there is greater probability that these messages could reach our communities via the nation's trusted messengers, our 3.4 million nurses.

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CMSA and NNNO gather in the halls of the House Congressional Offices

CMSA Public Policy Liaison Network Webinar

Thank you to the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) for their continued support for The National Nurse Act (H.R. 379) and (S. 1205). Recently the CMSA Public Policy Committee invited NNNO President Teri Mills to provide a short presentation to explain this legislation via a national network webinar. Over 100 members from every region of the country participated. Helpful information was provided that included how to be an effective grassroots advocate. Jose Santoro and Teri Mills

CMSA Director Jose Santoro MBA and NNNO President Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE

Cosponsoring a bill can be a heavy lift, and it can take months or even years of advocacy for a member of Congress to cosponsor legislation -- that's where constituents come in. Thank you to the many CMSA members who have contacted the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to seek information and offer their help in gaining future support from Congress. Leaders from Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, and Texas have rallied behind the National Nurse Act and plans are underway to present phone call scripts and template letters in upcoming chapter meetings to engage their own members in this effort. All help is greatly appreciated. "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Henry Ford

Pictured: NNNO Director Elizabeth McPhee RN and NNNO President Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE

Return to Capitol Hill

At the end of this week, the NNNO will make a return visit to Capitol Hill. Your financial contributions help to enhance ongoing efforts to pass the National Nurse Act. If possible, please consider making a recurring on line donation via PayPal. A small one-time donation also helps to offset the cost of the National Nurse websites, this newsletter, printing, and travel expenses. If you prefer to contribute via a check, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further directions. Thank you for your continued support.

The National Nursing Network Organization is a 501c4 non-profit corporation, but is not tax exempt (because our purpose is to lobby for the initiative) and therefore your contributions are not tax deductible.

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March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA), founded by Tamer Seckin, MD and Padma Lakshmi, is at the forefront of combatting endometriosis, a debilitating disease affecting an estimated one in ten women of reproductive age (~12-50 years old) in the United States. This disease remains largely out of the public eye despite its devastating effects on so many women, girls, and their families. Costing society over $110 billion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity, as well as being one of the top three causes of female infertility, endometriosis is a widespread but often misunderstood public health crisis.

The EFA recognizes that nurses are the often the first line of defense for many young girls and integral to the health and wellbeing of all patients. Through the EFA's Nurses Conference, which was originally put together in consolation with Padma's mother, RN/MPH Vijaya Lakshmi, the EFA has increased awareness about the disease and provided continuing education credit to nurses in the New York area. The conference became so successful that it was recognized by the NYC Board of Health, and eventually mushroomed into the ENPOWER Project. Through its ENPOWER Project, annual educational events, and research collaborations, the EFA has engaged in a robust campaign to inform both the medical community and the general public, placing particular emphasis on the critical importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention for limiting future reproductive health consequences.

March is endometriosis awareness month. Celebrate with @endofound by spreading the word in your community! For more information visit the Endometriosis Foundation of America website.

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April 4-10th is National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week is April 4-10th. The theme is Healthiest Nation 2030. Some fast facts for this week include building a nation of safe, healthy communities and improving our country's growing income inequality that puts unhealthy stresses on adults and children. According to NPHW's website, everyone has a right to good health. It is up to us to remove barriers so everyone has the same opportunity to improve their lives and their health. NPHW encourages all of us to take action by taking one small step every day for a healthier life.

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Until next time,
Alisa, Audrey, Debbie, Katie, Liz, Teri, Susan


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