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February 9, 2016

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Nursing Organizations Collaborate for Safe Staffing

Nurses for National Patient Ratios, A Voice for Nurses Now, and Show Me Your Stethoscope have partnered in an effort to mobilize nurses and students across the country to attend the Rally for National Nurse-to-Patient Ratios in Washington DC on May 12, 2016.  This collaboration will exemplify the goals of these groups by uniting all Nursing groups for one day in one place, for one cause.  The cause is patient safety, which is the embodiment of all that is Nursing.

All Nursing organizations are strongly encouraged to take part in this extraordinary and remarkable event.  We must show the world the truth, that nurses are united based on their profession and the trust the public has placed in us, not the individual nursing organizations we belong to.

Because our similar objectives and concerns place us in the neutral center of the nursing community, we invite you to take part in our event, make a statement for nurses in our Nation’s Capital, and bring your expertise, education, and enthusiasm along. #Nurses4Change2016 #NursesTakeDC

The link to the Rally Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1528010070852117/

About A Voice For Nurses Now:

Founded by two nurses in Fall of 2015 after Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson spoke for nurses all over the world that nursing is a talent requiring skills, intelligence, empathy, poise, and a STETHOSCOPE. Like Miss Colorado, AVFNN wants to give the nurses that don’t have that voice, that voice and a place to be heard regarding safe working environments and patient safety. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/A-Voice-for-Nurses-Now-1674270332795098/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

About Show Me Your Stethoscope:

SMYS is a Nursing Empowerment organization with nearly 700,000 members, designed to be a platform from which nurses can advocate for themselves.  This group was formed when Janie Garner, RN from Missouri asked nurses from far and wide on social media to show her their stethoscopes. While SMYS began because of nurses rallying around one of their own, it has greatly evolved.  SMYS is a unique, supportive environment for health care providers that provides a strong, united voice for health care providers on issues such as patient advocacy and policy change; Supports their personal and professional needs; And creates philanthropic opportunities for members. For more information, please visit www.SMYSOfficial.com

About Nurses for National Patient Ratios:

Nurses for National Patient Ratios is a grassroots movement that is focused on improving patient safety by advocating for having a national standard for nurse to patient ratios. The group is founded by Kristine Fry. A registered nurse who has worked in states who staff based on staffing plan, and in California where set nurse to patient ratios is a legislative mandate. She has experienced firsthand the difference in nursing care that occurs when nurses are only given a safe nurse to patient ratio. Set ratios are clear, concise, and specify the maximum number of patients that a nurse can care for safely. We want revolution, we want to be the change agent; we want the resources to be the nurses we strive to be. For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/929997953713716/

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Safe Staffing News – A Collaboration

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I am Janie Garner, the founder of Show Me Your Stethoscope.  We are a 700,000 member strong nursing group on Facebook. We are collaborating with two established nursing organizations, A Voice For Nurses Now, and Nurses for National Patient Ratios, to begin the grassroots movement toward safe staffing.  safe staffing
If you ask a nurse what their biggest problem at work is, it will not be their salary, their benefits, or their schedule.  It will be their impossible patient load, and their fears that their best will not be good enough to deliver safe, timely care to their deserving patients, many of whom are critically ill. It is estimated that medical errors permanently injure or kill 440,000 people in the US alone every year.  Can you imagine what that total is worldwide? And worse, can you imagine how many medical errors go unreported based on fear of reprisal and the shame of hurting another human being?
The fact is, Safe Staffing Saves Lives.  This is a mantra to nurses, because we know it is the only way to lower the risk of errors and neglect that endanger our patients daily.  We want to be the nurses who are able to listen to our patients when they need to talk. We want to have time to thoroughly assess our patients and catch their deteriorating condition before it is too late. And quite frankly, we do these things better when we have meal and bathroom breaks.  You would think that these things are guaranteed in 2016, but they are not.  Not in nursing.
We want our patients to get the care they deserve.  Their very lives depend on it.
We cannot do it alone.
We must get every nurse in the country involved with this movement.We must demand safe staffing for our patients.
We have organized and scheduled a Rally For National Nurse-To-Patient Ratios on May 12, 2016 in our Nation’s Capital. We would like to have simultaneous Rallies in as many State Capitals as possible for those who cannot travel to Washington DC. We need to get the public involved, and encourage them to come out and support us. They should care about the staffing level in their local hospitals. The Nurse Staffing Standards for Patient Safety and Quality Care Act of 2015 (H.R.1602) – introduced by Rep Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has been recently introduced to Congress. This is what we must come out to support.
You are a nursing organization who has the power to join with us and encourage your members to take part in a movement that can change their patient’s lives. The nurses on the front lines are with us; my question for you is if you will support the profession of nursing, or if your organization’s goals are more important than the patients we serve.
We look forward to hearing from you, as allies in nursing, and advocates for our patients. #Nurses4Change2016
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