WASHINGTON, D.C. – Honoring National Nurses Day, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced the bipartisan National Nurse Act of 2015, legislation that would elevate the role of nurses in America’s public health by designating a National Nurse for Public Health.
HR 379 was introduced in the House of Representatives in January, 2015 by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Rep. Pete King (R-NY). Now there is a companion bill in the Senate.
Rep. Johnson is one of several nurses serving in the Congress. Sen. Merkey’s wife is a nurse. “As the husband of a nurse, I know firsthand the hard work that nurses
put into caring for their patients and helping them live healthy lives,”
said Merkley. “As we celebrate National Nurses Day, it is important to
recognize the essential role of nurses in our health care system. It’s
time we had a National Nurse for Public Health who is empowered to act
as a national leader in improving our public health.”
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