Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson introduced the bipartisan National Nurse Act of 2013. The National Nurse Act of 2013 would designate the Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service as the "National Nurse for Public Health." The National Nurse for Public Health would function alongside the Surgeon General and focus on health promotion, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities.
"As the first registered nurse in Congress, I know from experience how nurses play a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention," said Congresswoman Johnson.
"Chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease threaten the health of so many Americans. The National Nurse for Public Health would raise awareness about what each of us can do to prevent illness while improving our own health and that of our families."
The National Nurse Act of 2013, co-led by Congressman Peter King (R-NY), has gained the support of thirty original cosponsors