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  • Name of Non-Profit Corporation:  The National Nursing Network Organization
  • Taxpayer ID Number:  20-3865653

Mission Statement:

The National Nursing Network Organization is dedicated to insuring that the same quality of health care afforded to past generations of Americans is available to future generations. Our mission is to promote, encourage, and support a National Nurse for Public Health and other projects that promote wellness and disease prevention. The National Nursing Network Organization supports the creation of opportunities for licensed practical and registered nurses to work together to solve our country’s health care crisis and improve the health of all Americans.

The work of the National Nursing Network Organization is focused on:

  • establishing a National Nurse for Public Health to complement the work of the U.S.Surgeon General, filling this position from among the ranks of the existing USPHS nurse leaders.
  • building a network of volunteer teams of nurses and other health professionals who will promote, encourage, and support nationwide efforts that focus on wellness and disease prevention.

The National Nursing Network Organization invites you to visit www.nationalnurse.org and join the grassroots efforts underway to assure that a National Nurse for Public Health becomes a reality.  >> TOP <<

Executive Board:

Teri Mills MS, CNE, RN

Teri Mills graduated from the College of San Mateo with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1973. She worked as a charge nurse on a medical-surgical floor before going on to complete her BSN at Sonoma State University.Teri Mills

Following graduation, Teri was hired to teach nursing at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. She was subsequently hired as a nursing faculty member in 1979 for Portland Community College (PCC) in Portland, Oregon and continues in this role.

In addition to teaching, Teri also worked for many years as a nurse and nurse practitioner for Multnomah and Washington County’s Health Departments. She graduated from the University of Portland, where she focused her graduate work on primary care of the adult and a minor in nursing education.

Teri received an excellence in teaching award from PCC in 2000. She was recognized in 2012 for Nursing Excellence by Nurse.com and Gannett Health Care and was chosen as a Mountain West Regional Finalist for Advancing and Leading the Nursing Profession. Teri also earned the coveted regional “2012 Faculty Member Award” for the Pacific Region from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

Teri continues to plan and carry out numerous volunteer activities in her own community, and is a trusted supporter of many political candidates. She serves as the Faculty Advisor for the PCC Chapter of the NSNA. Teri was appointed by Governor Barbara Roberts to serve on the Oregon Sexual Offenses Against Children Task Force and was a member of the Bradley Angle House, a shelter for abused women.

Teri has authored numerous articles, including “America’s Nurse”, published in the New York Times on May 20th, 2005. Teri co-authored “Office of the National Nurse-Leadership for a New Era of Prevention”, published February 2007 in Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice and “The Office of the National Nurse”, published November 2009 in the Journal of Nursing Law.

Teri is a long-time member of the Oregon Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Federation of Teachers-Oregon, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the National League for Nursing, and the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. Teri is presently serving her second term on the ONA Health Policy Cabinet.

Alisa Schneider MSN, RN
Vice President

Alisa Schneider has practiced as a registered nurse since 1989, specializing in pediatrics and nursing education. She has worked in nearly all areas of pediatrics including med/surg, OR, PACU, PICU, well-child care, and home healthcare management for medically fragile children.Alisa Schneider

Alisa graduated from Portland Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program in Portland, Oregon and then went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing Administration and a Certificate for Nursing Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She became interested in research through participation in the Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics in Virginia where she worked on emergency preparedness curriculum for nurses after the 9/11 attacks; she continues her interest in research of nursing care and nursing education.

Alisa is completing a PhD at Oregon State University focusing on Adult Education and Community College Leadership. She believes every person deserves the opportunity for entry into higher ed and the community college system benefits the lives of individuals and their communities by providing valuable opportunities for students to enter education for the health professions. Alisa currently teaches nursing at Central Oregon Community College, in Bend Oregon. >> TOP <<

Susan Sullivan MSN, PHN, RN

Susan Sullivan recently retired after more than 45 years in nursing, the final 20 of which were in Public Health. After completing her BSN at California State University, Los Angeles and her MSN at Loma Linda University, Susan worked for 10 years asSusan Sullivan Nursing Supervisor in a large acute hospital and taught nursing at Long Beach City College. During the latter half of her nursing career, Susan worked in public health where her leadership experiences in the acute hospital and teaching helped prepare her for the challenges she found in community nursing.

For several years Susan worked primarily in public health and with the American Red Cross at the local, state and national levels in HIV prevention and education efforts. Basic nursing skills coupled with graduate education and teaching experience were invaluable in her work with schools, businesses and providers to author and implement HIV Prevention programs for youth and at-risk populations. Before retiring she served as Public Health Staff Training coordinator in her agency. Susan is proud of continuing the family ties to nursing, and has no doubt that her mother and her grandmother, both RNs would be proud to know she is actively promoting the campaign to create a National Nurse for Public Health.

During her long career, Susan enjoyed memberships in ANA, CNA, American Public Health Association, and the Southern California Public Health Association. >> TOP <<

Elizbeth McPhee RN
Board Member

Elizabeth McPhee graduated from Portland Community College (PCC) with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2010.Liz McPhee Elizabeth served as Vice President and then the President of the PCC National Student Nurses Association Chapter while in school and led numerous community service projects. Prevention is one of her passions. Liz planned and organized multiple healthy living fairs including a Heart Smart in the Park for children and a Love Your Heart event during February for cardiovascular month. Throughout her education, Elizabeth was recognized for her leadership and scholastic excellence. She was selected to be the Phi Theta Kappa/Coca-Cola Silver Scholar and also received the Oregon Scholar Award.

Following graduation, Elizabeth was hired to work on a medical floor at Oregon Health Sciences University. Elizabeth currently serves as a volunteer of the Clackamas County Medical Reserve Unit. She is a member of the Oregon Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. Elizabeth authored We Need a National Nurse! What YOU Can Do which was published in August 2010. >> TOP <<

Sheryl Oakes Caddy JD, MS, RN
Board Member

Sheryl Oakes Caddy has practiced as a registered nurse for the past 26 years. She has worked in many settings, primarily obstetrics and infusion therapy. Currently, Sheryl is the Director of the nursing program at Linn-Benton Community College, where she graduated in 1984 with an ADN. Sheryl Oakes CaddyShe returned to school in 1995, graduating with her BSN from Oregon Health Sciences University. In 2007, she graduated from Willamette University College of Law with her Doctor of Jurisprudence. Sheryl earned a Masters in Nursing Education form Walden University.

Advocacy has also been a driving force for Sheryl; whether it is through involvement in nursing contract negotiations, educating students regarding professional responsibility and ethics, or in defending nurses before their regulatory board. The National Nursing Network Organization is yet another form of advocacy that speaks to Sheryl. She firmly believes in the need for a National Nurse to be the visual nursing representative for all nurses who advocate for healthier lifestyles and conditions for all citizens.

Sheryl is a member of several professional organizations including:  American Nurses Association, American Bar Association, The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, and the American Association of Womens’ Health and Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses. Sheryl has been appointed to a two year term on the OSBN Nurse Practice Committee. >> TOP <<

Debbie Orre MSN, RN
Board Member

Until her recent retirement, Debbie Orre has practiced nursing at her local community hospital for over thirty years.Debbie Orre During the last nine years of her career, Debbie served as the Dean of Nursing Education at Holyoke Community College (MA) and Dean of the Department of Health Science at Mt. Wachusett Community College (MA). During her tenure at the latter, Debbie oversaw a budget of nearly one million dollars and was responsible for three program accreditations as well as overseeing the development of multiple new courses. Debbie has published many articles including an editorial in the November 2006 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, "LPNs and the Nursing Shortage".

Debbie is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts: Amherst. The topic of her dissertation is Community College Nursing Programs and the Spirit of Inclusion.

Volunteerism is a mainstay of Debbie's practice. She has traveled twice to Haiti since this country's devastating earthquake and helped to treat many injured Haitians. Debbie is a long time board member of the Gardner Visiting Nurses Association and presently serves as the President. Debbie has been committed to seeing a National Nurse for Public Health since the idea was first introduced to the nation in 2005. She helped to organize a state wide conference at Mt Wachusett Community College in 2006 that featured keynote speakers from the National Nursing Network Organization. As a result her nursing students pursued and were successful in seeing the passage of a resolution in the Massachusetts General Court, the state legislative body of Massachusetts, urging the US Congress to enact legislation to create a National Nurse position in 2008. >> TOP <<

Terri Polick RN
Board Member

Terri graduated from Lake View Medical Center School of Nursing in 1978, and is a published author living in Maryland.Terri Polick She is currently working as a psychiatric nurse and as a freelance writer. Terri is a frequent contributor to Nursing Spectrum Magazine, Advance for Nurses, the Maryland Nurse, and she writes a weekly column about nursing leadership for Nursingjobs.org.

Terri has always helped the people of her community through public service. She has volunteered her time to help the homeless at Jude’s House in Champaign, Illinois. Terri also serves her community by giving testimony before lawmakers about nursing issues when the Maryland State Assembly is in session. Terri is currently enrolled in school, and is working towards a degree in journalism. >> TOP <<

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