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The SMYS Classic is back!

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Back by popular demand, the SMYS Classic T-shirt is back on sale for the next 17 days. All funds raised go toward missions, scholarships, and operational costs. We appreciate your support! Don’t miss out–get your shirt today! They’re only periodically on sale. Get them here.

It's back! The SMYS Classic is available again until 7/12/16. Unisex and ladies' cut on comfy, stretchy cotton blend.

It’s back! The SMYS Classic is available again until 7/12/16. Unisex and ladies’ cut on comfy, stretchy cotton blend.

Things you might be curious about:

  • It’s on sale through July 12, 2016.
  • It takes about two weeks for it to be delivered from the end of the sale period—Bonfire treats the fundraiser like one big order. You could expect the delivery to be around July 26th, 2016.
  • 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 cuts—sorry, no v-necks at this time.
  • The women’s shirts do run small—order up at least one size!

 

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Reflections on an Event

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Nurses from all over the US gather to support and raise awareness for staffing ratio legislation. Photo credit: David Miller, RN.

 

Written by David Miller, RN

I’ve never “rallied” before. I am not the rallying kind.

I have watched rallies, protests and marches. There was lots of yelling and noise, and threats of violence or consequences if the agenda or cause was not acted on by those in power. It frequently devolves into an ugly scene, with news cameras covering the mayhem.

This rally, The Rally for Safe Staffing Ratios, was nothing of the kind. The speakers were emphatic and emotional but there were no angry outbursts, or calls for ousting of political leaders. There was no political rhetoric or campaigning. What I saw was a group of nurses, family and friends who gathered to bring to light an issue that all nurses face at some point—not having enough help to safely take care of the patients on their assignments. This can result from inadequate staffing, staff call outs, or other reasons. The stress of knowing we are unable to get to every patient that may need our help, or possible mistakes that could be made can be overwhelming. It is too much for many to take. I have personally seen recent nursing school graduates quit their jobs over this stress. This saddens me, as Nursing can be one of the most rewarding careers out there.

This rally was an amazing example of how people of every race, gender, political opinion, religious beliefs (or non-belief) could come together to speak from the heart about why we do our jobs: patients, and patient safety. This is not about Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Conservatives or any other political party. Do we have all the answers? Not yet, but we must begin to talk about it. We must work together to find the solution. I am proud to have been a part of this rally and I look forward to what lies ahead. Nurses United for Patient Safety: it’s a cause I believe in!

dm_cameraDavid Miller is a long term care RN that hails from Virginia. You can see his portfolio of photography work here. If you’re looking for images David captured while in Washington D.C., you can view and purchase them here.

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Akesso Shoes are celebrating Nurses’ Week with us!

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akesso_adakesso Shoes are celebrating the fabulousness of Nurses’ Week with us! They spent May 5-6, 2016 at Boston Medical Center, sharing their thoughtfully  engineered, designed shoes with the medical and nursing community. Especially gracious is the fact that akesso will give back a percentage of sale proceeds to support BMC. How cool is that?

Even better: akesso loves the nursing community so much, they give us a special discount. akesso Shoes were specially designed for nurses after the designer’s family member was cared for by “athletes in scrubs“. (It’s a great story.) Go check them out! If you use promo code SMYS20, there’s a 20% discount on all shoes—and SMYS30 gets you 30% off white shoes. We know a few students who could use the saved cash and the good shoes to get them through clinicals.

Celebrate Nurses’ Week with some new kicks made by somebody who loves you. Go to akesso.com to order what may be the best shoes ever, and peep the company and their doings on Facebook.

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Spreading the Gospel of Ratios

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ZDoggMD, representin’.

Huh. Who knew staffing ratios were a big deal?
Oh, right. WE DID.

Nurses everywhere have taken up the call—staffing ratios impact the care and safety of our patients, and keep the profession from burning out and getting hurt on the job. Even a certain Dogg knows it. (See Z-DoggMD’s AMA here.)

(ZdoggMD is on fleek in our Staffing Ratios Matter shirt. Get one here.)

We’re waking up and ready to destroy the current paradigm: doing more with less. SHENANIGANS, Y’ALL. All chronic understaffing has done is increase the rates of morbidity and mortality, and decreased professional satisfaction—which means fewer nurses stay at their jobs…which means fewer nurses are at work…which leads to more injury and infection. Instead of the Circle of Life, it’s the Spiral of Disaster.

Let’s tell our administrators, CEOs and legislators what we know to be true. Are we cool with staffing ratios that endanger patients, decimate the health care worker population and and ultimately increase cost of care? NOPE.

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Kelsey R. of yourheartismine.net. She knows what’s up!

Here’s what you can do:

  • 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/
  • Get the Staffing Ratios Matter Shirt & rock that thang! It’s the Little Shirt that Could. It’s everywhere, and it’s back on sale. Order here.
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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.
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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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