Contacting Elected Officials About the Problems Gets Results - page 2
Natalie..... Re: the meeting with my Assemblyman...... It was a round table discussion here. 2 administrators from St Vincents, a nurse educator from college of S.I. nursing program, and the VP... Read More
May 26, '01<Just think if you had not attended. We need to read, write, speak and vote. I have written my legislators before but will once again write and call.(>
Thats what Lobby Days are all about - networking. I think the trick is to put in your letter that you would be willing to be available to that elected official to discuss the issues further - and include your address & phone numbers.
Thanks Peggy. Im including a copy of that CEO wages list with the thank you note I send the Assemblyman. BTW, an article was in about the meeting was in the newspaper today. If its online, Ill post it here. I love the part where it quotes the bedside nurses & then says the hospital administrators tried "to DEFEND themselves by blaming diminshed reimbursments". The reporter got the story of what went on down pretty good.
May 26, '01Good job JT alot of nurses can learn from you to be pro-active.I know its alot of work and you deserve the thank yous!
May 26, '01If I may use a quote: "YOU'VE GOT TO STAND FOR SOMETHING, OR YOU'LL FALL FOR ANYTHING". Way to go jt!!! TO YOU!!!
May 26, '01<The proposal from your State Association for the funds to go directly to the Nursing Department...>
it makes sense, yes?
The first part of the bill NYSNA wrote proposes increasing funding to the hospitals so that they have more money to put towards developing recruitment/retention incentives -like improving working conditions & increasing compensation to the nurse. They keep saying they have no money to do those things so instead they do little things here like offering free bus fare to work! or free messages for 10 minutes or on-site dry cleaning services, and ATM machines so when you have to work mandatory OT you can still get some of your errands done. DUH! So we said ok you dont have the money to make the place attractive to nurses to work here? well, we'll fight for you to get the money.......BUT......if youre going to get more money to help you "find" nurses, you cant spend it on new carpets for the executive suites or new lighting in the OR. You HAVE to spend it on finding those nurses and in order to insure that, this money MUST go to directly to the NURSING dept - not your overall budget. The final part is if you dont make a real concerted effort to use the money appropriately & really make those recruitment/retention improvements, the reimbursement is with held. That should be incentive enough to move them to come up with real & better ways to "find" nurses, other than giving them free $1.50 subway tokens.
May 27, '01Julie,
Great job and great post. This post alone could inspire many bedside Nurses. The proposal from your State Association for the funds to go directly to the Nursing Department...I wish that was discussed in the 2 hour Senate Committee!!
This is absolute representative of how one person can influence this profession. Just think if you had not attended. We need to read, write, speak and vote. I have written my legislators before but will once again write and call.(Florida has alot of work to do) I appreciate your actions Julie, thanks!!!!