Who knows? With the rate our nurses are leaving the Philippines it might not be long before we find ourselves in their shoes.
Anway the article below is a bit late since it was put on the net last year. The American nurses were still working on making a bill then but now it is known as HR 4903 (see http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.4903 ).
For the original proposal see http://nationalnurse3.blogspot.com/2006/10/original-proposal-submitted-to_31.html
Be Proactive, Not Reactive--A Way To Make A Difference
by Teri Mills
As many of you know, the National Nurse Team has been working with nursing leaders in Congress for a bill. Representative Lois Capps (D-CA) has taken the lead and her staff spoke with us a few weeks ago, stating that the bill was headed to Legislative Counsel. We are asking Congress to create an Office of the National Nurse www.nationalnurse.blogspot.com to focus on providing all Americans with preventive health care resources.
The Office of the National Nurse would provide Americans with the tools to prevent disease and effectively manage chronic illness thereby reducing utilization of health care resources. The National Nurse will oversee state coordinators who will assemble volunteer nurse teams to provide screening, education and referral services in their communities. The office is necessary to acknowledge the critical role nurses play in hands-on patient care and education.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Read on ... http://www.blogfororegon.com/2005/09/be_proactice_not_reactive--a_way_to_make_a_difference