We have a member who is asking for our help. She is requesting that we sign a petition that will help put safe staffing ratio's into place in Nevada. Currently Nevada has surpassed California as the state with the worst nursing shortage, and we need to help our fellow nurses. I urge any of you who have experienced the routine short staffing so many of us complain about to sign this petition. When New Jersey signed into law the abolishment of Mandatory Overtime in that state, much of it had to do with letters that were written from nurses all over the country urging New Jersey to be the first to take a stand. Do this for your fellow nurses.
Copy/ paste from the activism forum.
Please come and sign a petition to lower the Nurse-to-Patient ratio in Nevada. It's a safety issue. Go to:
Every signature helps!
Dianne Moore, RN
Nov 19, '02
I don't know if nurse patient ratios are the answer, but they are better than 1 nurse for 30 patients as quoted in the article in 2000! I really feel acuity is a better system myself, but I will sign the petition because we can't afford losing any more nurses.
I also am starting to question the average ages of nurses these days! In the article back in 8/13/2000, it said the average age of nurses was 47 (and that is the figure that I have seen repeatedly in other sources for that time period). However, another article in this series (11/2/2001) said that the average age of nurses is 45! Not only are we able to care for impossible numbers of patients; but we are managing to get younger while doing so! Now I KNOW that the numbers of young nurses is increasing; but at a rate to drop our average age 2 years in 1 year? I doubt it! I still know too many "seasoned" nurses who are still working.
Last edit by Jenny P on Nov 19, '02