Delaware County Nurses Association
District 23/ Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA)
P.O. Box 1227, Media PA 19063
For further information contact: Claire McGuire RN 610-353-1495
Delaware County Nurses Association Inc., in conjunction with the nurses
of District 1 (Philadelphia) Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is sponsoring a MILLENNIUM NURSES MARCH on Saturday, May 5th, 2001. Our goal is a grassroots effort to bring attention to the nursing shortage and how it impacts on patient and consumer safety.
Featured speakers are Christina Terranova RN, LNC, Chairperson of the Florence Project,Inc. a patient/nursing advocacy organization, who will discuss workplace advocacy and ways to improve nursing retention; Claire McGuire RN,C Psychiatric Clinician, discussing methods to prevent workplace violence; and Lieb Zalon PhD, RN, CS, President of PSNA who will present solutions to the nursing shortage.
The event will begin at 10 AM from City Hall courtyard. Participants will march about 1 1/2 miles east on Market Street to rally at 11 AM at the Independence National Visitors Center Park, Third and Chestnut St, near the Liberty Bell.
Nurses from throughout the tri-state area are joining forces to bring attention to the severity of the nursing shortage and how it impacts on quality of patient care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration 2000 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses released February 14, 2001 found that the nations RN's continue to grow older, with average age of 45 years.
In 2000, the average age of a graduate nurse was 30.5 years compared to 23.4 years in 1986. The rate of nurses entering the profession has slowed over the past four years with only 137,666 nurses graduating since 1996. There is an estimated 2.6 million active, licensed RN's in the United states and fifty percent of those RN's will retire in the next 10 to 15 years, that is 1.3 million nurses, leaving a huge shortage of professional caregivers.
"We find it imperative to encourage young men and women to consider our profession as a career" states Claire McGuire RN, president of the Delaware County Nurses Association. "It is important for health care facilities to not only attract new nurses to their facility, but also provide incentives to retain their expert nurses of long standing." Information on entering the profession will be available at the rally.