How it came about
Susan Sullivan, secretary of the National Nursing Network Organization, started off by providing a brief history as to how the idea of having a national nurse came about as well as the movements that have been done to push it forward into implementation.
Moving on, the panelists discussed on the importance of having a public figure in the form of a national nurse to provide visibility of nurse leadership on a national level, get nurses be more involved in public health issues, and putting preventive nursing care in the highlight.
National Nurse and the ANA
Another thing that also came about in the discussion is the ANA’s seeming lack of support for this movement. As Kim McAllister had mentioned, she previously sent an open letter to the ANA basically asking them what they are afraid about in pursuing this movement since the position of national nurse would not in any way be threatening but an efficient and cost effective position and it is not about who is on top but the massive action at the community level that can come out of this.
International Nurse Representative
Susan Sullivan mentioned that there is already an existing representative for the US in international conventions for nurses which is the chief nurse of the public health service. Most nurses and the public is unaware of such and the position is still needed to be formally designated as national nurse where it goes back again to the reluctance of moving on into that direction.
Giving Nursing Students the Vision
For nursing students to better understand the meaning of having a national nurse and encouraging them to support this movement, Susan advised that they be informed of the resources available to educate them about it as well as the social media community to spread the word. Also communicating with congressional leaders on the matter is a very good way to get started.
On a final note, host Jamie Davis said that this is not only an investment in the future of the profession but an investment in the future of the country.
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Susan Sullivan of National Nurse for Public Health
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