Summary: To designate the same individual serving as the Chief Nurse Officer of the Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health. Cosponsors (Bipartisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 10/15/19.
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “For years, our national healthcare policies have not helped nurses administer the best possible health care. The National Nurse Act of 2019 improves the health care of Americans across the country by appointing a National Nurse to join the Surgeon General in advocating for nurses who provide care for millions of Americans each day,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “This act would empower a medical professional to focus on critical issues, such as promoting healthier practices, improving health literacy and decreasing health disparities.” (Source: Rep. Johnson, Press Release, 03/07/19)
- Cancer is one of the key health conditions listed in the bill’s language, as it has a massive impact on public health and our economy. Nurses provide the direct services needed to improve outcomes around chronic disease and cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and management. We educate the public on preventable risk factors, teaching them to reduce their risk. According to the National Cancer Institute, 38.4 percent of the population expected to have cancer at some point in their lives. Our role in supporting this bill as oncology nurses is crucial to its success. (Source: Oncology Nursing News)