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April 22, 2016

Last call for Red Rally Shirts!

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#nursestakeDC Support Staffing Safety Awareness!

The Staffing Ratios Matter shirt. All funds go to overhead costs of the event and SMYS events, projects and operating costs only. SMYS is a not-for-profit organization.

Do you want to go to the Safe Staffing Rally in DC, but you have nothing to wear? Never fear, you still have 9 HOURS LEFT to get our Staffing Ratios Matter t-shirt to party in! Be part of the Sea Of Red that will occupy Washington, D.C. on May 12, 2016 (Florence Nightingale’s birthday—and yes, there will be cake to celebrate).

It’s on sale through April 22, 2016—estimated delivery May 6, 2016, so it should be in your hands and ready to travel with you to the DC Rally.

About the shirt:

  • The shirts are sourced from well-known producers; they normally are of a cotton-poly blend. The specific shirt is chosen by Bonfire based on what they can bid out for a reasonable production price.
  • Available in unisex, women’s, youth, long-sleeve unisex and hoodie cuts! NO V-NECKS, sorry.
  • The women’s shirts do run small—order up at least one size!
  • You can order it here.

Why, yes, you *will* see this handsome devil at the rally. Jalil Johnson, National Director of SMYS, in his Staffing Ratios Matter shirt.

What you can do to support safe staffing, t-shirt or no t-shirt:

  • Tell your health care friends, teachers and students about how unsafe staffing levels increase the number of adverse patient events, up to and including death
  • Also mention that it can increase the number of workplace injuries
  • Invite them to join us in Washington on May 12, 2016
  • Or, attend a state capitol event on the same day
  • Share this press release with your colleagues, coworkers and friends: http://smysofficial.com/advocacy/safe-staffing/


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I only wanted to see you Laughing in the Purple Rain

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Dearly beloved, We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life….

Today I got a little sentimental about Prince.  Or whatever symbol he was for that crazy period of time. Prince was one of the huge artists from my childhood, and maybe yours as well? Or maybe you are a new grad and your MOM listened to Prince.  Either way.  Prince is awesome.  Was.  SADNESS! My sister had a poster of him tacked to the ceiling and now he is dead.  prince

And way too young, I would like to add.

This is going to be a pretty short blog.  I was singing Purple Rain this afternoon, like half the planet.  I got teary over the Google Doodle….and had to listen. Then I got to the part of the song that goes like this…

Honey, I know, I know
I know times are changing
It’s time we all reach out
For something new, that means you too

news-0416-prince-600x400Maybe it applies to all of us.  It’s not like I am taking a song from 1984 and making it some mystical thing…. I just thought that it was relevant to us.  Because it IS time that we all reach out for something new. Unity. The old, awful lines that divide this profession are so destructive.  And for that matter, the old arguments that divide this nation should be relegated to ancient history.  These fossils which prevent change in our profession need to die.  Let it start with you. End the racism, sexism, destructiveness, divisiveness, persecution, general ridiculousness and cruelty with you.  Do not perpetuate everything that is wrong just because it has always been done this way.

Let change start with you.  


I will leave you with a quote from my favorite Prince song. It seems extremely appropriate to nurses:

Why do we scream at each other? This is what it sounds like when doves cry.






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