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April 23, 2016

UPDATED Rally Press Release

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Safe Nurse Ratios Rally in Washington DC

On May 12, 2016, a rally event organized by a collaboration of three grassroots nursing organizations; Nurses For National Patient Ratios, Show Me Your Stethoscope, and A Voice for Nurses now to raise awareness for proposed safe staffing legislation, will be held in Washington, D.C.

The event is supported by the Illinois Nurses Association, HireNurses.com, and Show Me Your Stethoscope (SMYS), a health care advocacy group based in St. Louis, Mo. Support will be shown at the rally for S. 864 (National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act) and H.R. 1602 (Nurse Staffing Standards for Patient Safety and Quality Care Act). The proposed bills seek to establish a federally mandated requirement of nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in acute care hospitals.

This legislation would strictly regulate the number of patients nurses would be allowed to care for during a given shift. Patient acuity—the degree of care a patient requires—would be considered, but not allow nursing assignments to exceed the proposed ratio. The event Facebook group is: Rally for National Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

Suggested attire includes scrubs, a stethoscope, and event-centered t-shirt. Representatives from the health care field will address attendees during the event. Current speakers include the sponsor of the Bill, Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Andrew Lopez, RN, CEO of NurseFriendly; Sandy Summers, RN MSN MPH, Executive Director of The Truth About Nursing; Caroline Thomas, BSN, RN, EmpoweRN; and Janie Garner, RN, founder and Executive Director of Show Me Your Stethoscope.

The rally will take place at the corner of First St. NE and Constitution Ave, permit area 9. The informational session will take place between 10am-3pm; the rally, from 11am-2pm. Health care workers of all practice levels, health care students and faculty, and interested members of the public are invited to attend. All of those attending are encouraged to make appointments with their elected legislators for May 12, 2016. For more information, please contact Show Me Your Stethoscope at smysofficial@gmail.com or visit smysofficial.com for more details. Media Requests to jalil.johnson@SMYSOfficial.com.

 

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Workplace Safety….Shoes

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The sky is blue, the grass is green, and someone is talking about the best shoes to wear to work on Show Me Your Stethoscope.

It would also help if they looked something like these.....just for fun

It would also help if they looked something like these…..just for fun

These are absolutes.

This topic is so prevalent that searching shoes in the group will actually take a moment.  There are literally thousands of posts about the the most comfortable shoes for healthcare workers.  I am going to give you a peek into the admin world here…. every now and then someone will go insane and say “Why don’t they JUST SEARCH THE TOPIC? There are thousands of these posts!”

And yet, they are always popular.  Because we are all looking for THE SHOE.  The shoe that makes you feel like you have had a week off after a 3-in-a-row.  You know, the shoe that makes your back stop hurting, never lets you fall, and doesn’t mess up your pedicure?

I am a Dansko girl.  I have been wearing them forever.  I have home Danskos, between-home-and-the-hospital Danskos, and EP Lab Danskos.  I also have interview Danskos in black patent leather.  I rotate them this way:

  • New shoes are lab shoes
  • Then they get passed down to travel shoes
  • Then they get sanitized and become ‘outside’ shoes at home.
  • Interview shoes – in a box. Don’t touch!

See? There is a system.

So….Don’t be shocked, but I am going to try new work shoes for the first time in a decade.

We have met the owner of Akesso.  Bruce has a pretty interesting product and we decided to promote it for him, but after a few weeks of dropping his ads in postsakesso_logotype and around the website, nada! And I think I know why.  You have no idea what they are! So, I am going to wear Akesso shoes for a month and give you updates about the break-in process and how they perform.

So, know this.  I am not going to ruin my rep with you by telling you I adore shoes that I do not like.  If I hate them, you are going to know.  I kind of doubt I will, though.  There was all kinds of science involved in the design of these shoes. They have been tested by healthcare workers, and they were made FOR healthcare workers.  Bruce tells me they are non-skid, supportive, comfortable, and prevent gross, wet body fluids from penetrating.  So that is totally a win. I see his point, but it is going to be hard sell to pry me away from my clogs.  Seriously.    So, when Bruce did his studies, these shoes felt more non-skid and stable to the people who participated.  We can decide if we agree!shoe

Akesso shoes aren’t quite clogs.  You can look at the website here.  There are a bunch of styles and the site is designed really well.  It’s easy to navigate.  Go take a peek and see if you like them.

Also, some of them are really cute.  I will let you know how we are doing in the blogs entitled ‘Akesso Diary’.  Also, he is interested in letting a few of you try out these innovative shoes, so if you are interested send me an email at janie.garner@smysofficial.com.  Tell me what your specialty is, what your activity is like during a workday, what size shoe you wear, and if work has a dress code that makes you wear a certain color shoes.

I love SCIENCE! 🙂

Love,

Janie, the shoe guinea pig.

 

SMYS20:  this is a 20% discount for SMYS members and a $10.00 donation to SMYS for each pair sold – SMYS20 is good on ALL akesso products.
SMYS30:  this is a 30% discount for SMYS members and a $5.00 donation to SMYS for each pair sold – SMYS30 promo code is good ONLY for white shoes.
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