I know Peg, so here we all are again. Now Karen accomplished alot with her Millenium March and I am glad she was successful. Yes I am sure the turn out could have been greater in both Pennsylvania and Ohio.
I am watching and waiting too. It sickens me what happened to the MNM also.They have changes even the vision now, and contradict themselves all over the place.
Here is the new revised vision:
I would like to introduce you to an organization called the Million
Nurse March. Currently, there are three leading members: Ron
Phelps RN, BSN, Executive Director; Teri Sulewski LPN, State
Coordinator, and Louise Garcia RN, CCRN, Media Coordinator.
The concept of this march was created out of a profound need to
unite the healthcare professions, and address unsafe healthcare
practices. We are hoping to have the march in Washington D.C.
summer/fall of 2002, but need much financial and logistical
support to accomplish this goal. There has been excellent media
coverage pertaining to the current nursing shortage, but very
little about potential solutions to this crisis. We at the Million
Nurse March believe that solutions come with activities which
promote dialogue and purpose: consensus of ideas. This march
will be the long over due catalyst to unify all disciplines in
healthcare: we are inclusive, not exclusive.
1) Unification of all healthcare workers in body and spirit:
strength in numbers.
2) Open dialogue and frank discussion of working conditions
amongst healthcare workers and the public: mandatory
overtime, high nurse-to-patient ratios, salaries, recruitment
and retention of healthcare personnel.
3) All inclusive: the Million Nurse March includes allied
healthcare workers, medical professionals, families
4) Informative website: Healthcare news, articles by Million
Nurse March staff, recommended readings, printable versions
of press releases to hand-out, helpful tips on getting the word
out about the march.
Medical consumers in this country are quite savvy and naturally
want the best care for themselves, and their families. Our
nations babyboomer population will demand quality healthcare.
And, in part, those demands will focus much needed attention on
nursing issues that inhibit good patient care. Every American
needs to use a bit of preventative medicine and actively try to
overt this crisis through participation in the Million Nurse March.
How Can You Help?
1) Visit the Million Nurse March Website: http://millionnursemarch.org,
and sign-up for membership-
invite all family and friends to do the same. With membership,
updated newsletters will be delivered via e-mail.
2) If you choose to help the Million Nurse March with
fund-raisers, please contact us, we would be glad to assist.
3) General word-of-mouth: this goes a long way, and it's easy too!
4) Printable articles, press releases and mission statements can
be accessed from our website: just make copies and pass
5) Ask questions: the Million Nurse March leadership is available
to all through our website.
Many individuals have asked questions, and are curious about
statistics related to the nursing profession...
1) There were 2.2 million registered nurses working in healthcare
last year, but 494,000 were not using their license: Bureau Of
2) There are now 100, 000 job openings for registered nurses:
Joseph Boshart, president of Cross Country Travelcorps.
3) The average salary for a full-time registered nurse last year
was $46,782: Bureau Of Health Professionals in the Federal
Department Of Health And Human Services.
4) The average age of a registered nurse is 45.2 years and rising:
The Health Professionals Bureau.
5) 41% of nurses stated they were dissatisfied with their jobs,
and 22% stated they were planning to quit in the next year:
Survey, Pennsylvania of 14,000 nurses.
6) 2.1% drop in enrollment of entry-level bachelor's degree
programs for nursing in the fall of 2000, the 6th annual drop:
The American Association Of Colleges of Nursing in
The Million Nurse March is available for comment through our
website, or directly from the Media Coordinator, Louise Garcia
(firstname.lastname@example.org). We value the power and
generosity of the American public, and appreciate all willing to
help us make this march a success. If, in the future, you would
like more information, writings, pictures, etc. from us, please
don't hesitate to ask. On behalf of Ron, Teri and myself, thank
you for your time and interest.
Louise Garcia RN, CCRN
Media Coordinator: Million Nurse March
Ron Phelps RN, BSN
Executive Director: Million Nurse March
Teri Sulewski LPN
States Coordinator: Million Nurse March
I believe we could have made an impact initially with a unified front, back at the grassroots level we started here at allnurses.com. This has become like anything else in healthcare "Profit driven"
I wonder if joining the state Nursing Association or waiting for the Union expansion out of the CNA is the proper direction.As I wait I am still participating by reading the news, writing letters to editors and posting over here. I have a bad taste i my mouth from 8 mos going nowhere, but I have not given up completely yet.
My focus has prioritized to my family and less on my profession. Apathy might be setting in, it creeps in slowly ya know.
Breaking the apathy mask is the million dollar question I suppose. I like the idea of independent contracting, but I also believe we need to shift focus and elevate the bedside care nurse. We are educating ourselves away from the bedside...who is going to replace us?