National Director Jalil Johnson at #NursesTakeDC 2016. Photo credit PJ Allen-Thomas

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Nurses, healthcare providers, and the scientific community understand that unsafe nurse-to-patient ratios contribute to increased morbidity and mortality for patients. Unsafe staffing also creates unhealthy and unsafe environments for nurses to practice, and contributes to nurse burnout. As a result, our community is working to change the current care environment.

On May 12th, 2016 Show Me Your Stethoscope assisted in organizing a rally in Washington, DC to promote safe staffing ratios for nurses in all health care sectors. Next year, we’re coming back with a bigger, better event: DC 2017.



DC 2017 includes #SavePAT, our awareness campaign; PAT (Patient Accidental Tragedy), our mascot, will be making appearances at events all over the US. These events will take place between July 2016 and May 2017; we will post more information as details become available.


2017 #NursesTakeDC Rally

Members of SMYS will again descend upon Washington, DC in May 2017 for the 2nd annual #NursesTakeDC – a rally to support national safe nursing ratios.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 Lobby Your Legislator Details TBA
Friday, May 5th, 2017 Rally at the Capitol Details TBA
Details TBA

Register to attend #NursesTakeDC here. Additional details to be announced in the near future.

Contact Information

We are in the process of forming committees for the various aspects of this event.

Media Relations

If you are a member of the media, and would like to cover this event, please contact Doris Carol (doris.carroll@smysofficial.com)

Sponsors / Vendors

If you’d like to sponsor any of the DC2017 events, or if you’d like to be a vendor at one of our events, please contact us via e-mail at dc2017@smysofficial.com

Professional Organizations

If you represent a nursing (or other healthcare) organization that would like to participate in this event, please contact Jalil Johnson (jalil.johnson@smysofficial.com)