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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit smysofficial.com for more details. Media Requests to jalil.johnson@SMYSOfficial.com.
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