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House Bill Would Create ‘National Nurse’

Friday, February 8, 2013

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The House of Representatives will consider legislation that would create a “National Nurse for Public Health.”

On Wednesday, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), along with more than two dozen Democrats, and Pete King (R-NY), introduced The National Nurse Act, H.R. 485, which would “would designate the chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS)” as the “National Nurse for Public Health.”

Kerry Paige Nesseler is the current chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service. She advises “the Surgeon General, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Nurse Professional Advisory Committee and nurses across the country on health issues.” If the “National Nurse” position is created, her responsibilities would include working with the surgeon general to “focus on health promotion, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities.”

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