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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:

  • designating 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 (R), 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 is the 2014 recipient of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys Foundation Humanitarian Award. In 2016 Teri was recognized for her political activism and contributions, receiving the OR Nurses Association Honorary Political Involvement Award.

Teri continues to plan and carry out numerous volunteer activities in her own community, and is a trusted supporter of many political candidates 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 National League for Nursing, and the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. She recently joined the Case Management Society of America. Teri is serving her fourth term on the ONA Health Policy Cabinet. She also serves as Vice President for ONA's Political Action Committee (ON-PAC) and the Nurses United Political Action Committee (NU-PAC).

Elizabeth McPhee RN
Vice President

Liz McPhee Elizabeth McPhee graduated with double-cord honors and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society from Portland Community College (PCC) with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2010. Elizabeth served as Vice President and then President of the PCC National Student Nurses Association Chapter. In this role she led her SNA team to present resolutions at both the state and national SNA annual conventions. What she is most proud of is organizing numerous student nurse led community service projects. Health promotion and disease prevention is one of her passions. Elizabeth planned and organized multiple healthy living fairs including a Haunted Hospital and food drive and a Heart Smart in the Park for children and a Love Your Heart Fair during February for cardiovascular month.

During her education, Elizabeth was recognized for her leadership and scholastic excellence earning the USA Today Academic Team and Coca Cola Silver Scholar award and was named Outstanding Student Scholar by the Oregon Community College Association. Elizabeth is currently enrolled in the RN Baccalaureate Completion Program at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU).

Following graduation, Elizabeth was hired as an RN at OHSU and is now working on the Vascular Access Team. In 2013 she became a member of the Bargaining Team that negotiated the 2014-2017 Contract Agreement between the Association of University Registered Nurses (AURN, CA-52) and OHSU. She now acts as Secretary of the AURN.

Elizabeth is a member of the Oregon Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. Elizabeth authored We Need a National Nurse! What YOU Can Do that was published in August 2010. She currently serves as a volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps of Clackamas County, Radiation Response Volunteer Corp of Oregon and the State Emergency Response Pool for Oregon.

During the 2016 ONA House of Delegates, Elizabeth was honored to be the first recipient of the Oregon Nurses Association Susan E. King Emerging Leader in Nursing Practice Award recognizing her leadership and political involvement.

Susan Sullivan MSN, PHN, RN

Susan SullivanSusan 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 as 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 <<

Audrey Griesel Byrnes BSN, RN, PCCN-C
Board Member

Audrey BayerAudrey Audrey Byrnes graduated from Abington Hospital Dixon School of Nursing in Pennsylvania (PA) with a diploma degree in 2007. In 2009, Audrey became a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) when she obtained her Progressive Care Nursing Adult certification (PCCN). Audrey continued her studies in nursing with Immaculata University. She graduated Cum Laude when receiving her BSN in 2013. Audrey worked as a hospital bedside nurse for 8 years in Step Down Progressive Care and Telemetry Units at Abington Hospital in PA and Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersey (NJ).

In 2015, Audrey began working in the Pharmaceutical industry as a Case Manager in the Pharmacovigilance Department. She is a member of her employers Philanthropy committee. She also served on her hospitals Unit Council, served as Co-chairman and was nominated for a Nursing Excellence Award. Audrey served as a member of the NNNO Advocacy Team for a year before becoming a Board Member. Audrey has actively participated by advocating in both PA and NJ, testified at Health committee meeting in NJ for passage of resolution and has also traveled to meet with representatives in Washington DC in support of the National Nurse for Public Health legislation.

Audrey feels that the National Nurse Act is important, because as a bedside-hospital nurse, she witnessed and cared for many patients with chronic, debilitating diseases that were preventable and believes that prevention can improve one's quality of life so that they can be active and enjoy a healthy life style to the best of their ability. Audrey is also a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association. Audrey resides in Lambertville NJ and volunteers for community organizations including:  Lambertville Elks, Steamboat Splash and the Hunterdon County Medical Reserve Corp. >> TOP <<

Katie Hall MSN, RN-BC
Board member

Katie Hall recently completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing; the focus of which was health policy advocacy, she is a member of the West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA) and the American Nurses Association (ANA). ForKatie Hall the past 7 years Katie has been employed at a Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV and is an ANCC certified psychiatric/mental health nurse. Katie also serves as co-chair of the Nurse Practice Council, where she participates in review and revision of organizational policies which guide the nursing practice of the Martinsburg VAMC. Katie has written two organizational policies concerning the inpatient use of a continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) pump and cultural care of the military Veteran, both of which have been implemented in to practice.

During her graduate studies Katie co-authored an article which was published in the August 2013 edition of the Dorland Health online publication. The article published in Dorland Health is titled, 'Nurses on the National Stage: Leading the Charge to Better Health Outcomes' and conveys Katie's passion for empowering the nursing workforce to enhance and strengthen health prevention efforts.

Following graduation from Chamberlain College of Nursing, Katie has become actively involved with West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA) as a member of WVNA's health policy & legislative committee. Katie has arranged meetings with a number of WV state delegates and senators in advocating for the removal of unnecessary legislative barriers to APRN practice and will be attending the ANA Membership Assembly Meeting to participate in lobbying. >> TOP <<

Holly Herrera BSN, RN, CHFN
Board Member

Holly Herrera graduated from Portland Community with an AAS in Nursing in 2010 prior to completing a BSN at Western Governors University in 2014.Holly Herrera While at Portland Community College, Holly served as chapter president of the National Student Nurses' Association. She also supported health promotion and community service by organizing a volunteer first aid tent at a large community cycling event call Bridge Pedal, and led fundraising efforts for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Holly is currently a cohort member of the Oregon Nurses Association Nurse Leadership Institute, a seven-month intensive leadership development program.

Following graduation, Holly followed her passion for advocacy, social justice and health promotion working with individuals living with HIV in both long-term care and community-based settings. Currently, she works as Lead RN Care Manager at OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond, a large university-affiliated federally qualified health center. She leads a team of 12 nurses, and has been involved in quality improvement projects and innovations to create a clinic emergency response protocol and implement a new RN orientation process. She recently helped to start, and was elected chair of, a United Based Nursing Practice Counsel for shared governance.

Holly is a member of the Oregon Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. In an effort to better meet the needs of the many patients she serves who live with heart failure, she is a board certified Heart Failure Nurse. >> TOP <<

Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN
Board Member

Anne is a healthcare leader with over 40 years of experience as a critical care nurse, case manager, professional patient advocate, educator, editor in chief and most recently a patient. Anne has lectured nationally and internationally on case management, patient advocacy and care coordination.Anne Llewellyn Anne is author of Nurse Advocate, a nation blog providing information meant to empower patients, care givers and healthcare professionals to improve the delivery of care throughout the complex healthcare system. Anne is a past president of the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and an active member of her local chapter, the South Florida Case Management Network. Anne is a member of the Government Affairs committee of CMSA and was a past member of the National Nursing Network Organization's Advocacy Team.

In 2015 Anne received the prestigious CMSA Lifetime Achievement Award that honors an individual whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of case management, and whose life and character have earned the respect and admiration of their professional colleagues. >> 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".

Volunteerism is a mainstay of Debbie's practice. She has traveled several times to Haiti since this country's devastating earthquake and helped to treat many injured Haitians. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Forward in Health, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health condiditions and dignity of the people in and around Les Cayes, Haiti. Debbie is a long time member of the Gardner Visiting Nurses Association and during her tenure, served as 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 <<

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