Senator Hillary Clinton wants to know "What would you have us do?"

  1. Please answer Senator Hillary Clinton. In the Senate Hearings on the Nursing Shortage 5/17/01 she posed the question, "What would you have us do?", let's all answer it.

    I urge everyone to watch the video clip of this Senate Hearing. You can reach it through this link, then click on the orange "View HealthCast" button.

    SenateHearing

    If you don't have time to watch the whole thing (it's about two hours) you can fast forward the video to 1:31:30 to listen to Senator Clinton. She reads a letter from an LPN in a LTC facility "doing the work of 2 nurses", it is very poignant. Then she asks, "If you could have us (legislators) do anything....what would you have us do?" I think it is imperative that we answer her. I think we should flood Senator Clintons e-mail with answers to her question from all over the United States. Let her know what you want them to do. Be it better reimbursement to hospitals, better staffing ratios, better wages, no MOT, all of it.

    She continues the discussion with Michael Elsas who represents paraprofessionals, the nurse aides, who is very articulate about our need to "change how we value the work". He is speaking about the work the aides he represents do, but clearly every level of health care worker is undervalued from the residents down to the aides. Senator Clinton then states, "how we value things in this society has something to do with how much we are willing to pay for them...I don't want you to be shy about that".

    You can contact her via e-mail at this site. And please don't be "SHY" about it!

    SenatorHillaryClinton

    [ May 23, 2001: Message edited by: PeggyOhio ]
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  2. 33 Comments

  3. by   kjmta57
    okay I e-mailed her and I hope all nurses take 2 minutes really thats all it takes to do so also they should be e-mailing their own senators and governers also it only takes a couple of minutes!
  4. by   StaceRacer1
    thanks for the link.
    i have e mailed Sen. Santorum already!!
    He is my State Senator from PA.
    HIS WIFE IS A NURSE !!!!!

    I THINK THAT WILL HAVE SOME IMPACT ON WHAT HE DOES TO HELP US OUT!!!!!!!
  5. by   natalie
    Thanks Peg, for this. On my next day off, I'll listen to the full 2 hours and definitely give Hillary some feedback.
  6. by   Level2Trauma
    I just sent the following letter to my State Senator:

    Dear Senator Cochran,

    I would just like to ask a "SERIOUS" question!!! What is your stance on the future of healthcare, more specifically the "NURSES"? What are your views regarding mandatory overtime, unacceptable staff to patient ratios, and the poor wages which nurses are forced to work for (HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES MAKE MORE AT SOME FACTORIES THAN DO NURSES WITH A 4 YEAR COLLEGE DEGREE). And, I might add, they don't owe the government an arm and leg in student loans; like many of the nurses in todays job market. Truck-Drivers with 3 months training make more than nurses; they also don't owe an arm and leg in student loans. Having said this, What is your views on forgiveness of student loans for nurses (TEACHERS ALREADY HAVE THIS BENEFIT). Basically, What are your plans to improve the nursing profession. Let's not forget that the nurses in this country are 2.7 MILLION VOTERS STRONG!!! We will eventually get the benefits, pay, and working conditions we deserve. THE QUESTION IS WILL YOU STAND UP FOR THE NURSES OF THIS COUNTRY OR VOTE YOURSELF OUT OF THE SENATE???

    I beleive we should each write our respective senators and demand some changes be made. I will provide the link for you, you must provide the letter. The following is the link which will take you to the appropriate page, then just clik on your state for your State Senators' home page.

    http://www.senate.gov/
  7. by   PeggyOhio
    Level2Trauma
    There are two Senate Bills pending that address the loan forgiveness issue I believe. I downloaded them today. And haven't really had time to pore over them. One is S 706, also known as the "Nurse Reinvestment Act". The other is S 721, otherwise known as the "NEED Act" which stands for "Nurse Employment and Education Development Act". You can access them from the same site you have in your post. You need a lawyer to translate for you however! NRA is 8 pages long and NEED is 12! Good Luck!

    Keep those cards and letter going!
  8. by   RN2Bn2003
    I would not waste my time responding to Hillary Clinton. Believe me she is not going to do anything unless she can find a way to benefit herself. She has had 8 years to help out the nurses and she did nothing so why would she start now. As far as that goes she has done nothing in the past 8 years but make scandals for herself and her hubby. I think you can find better things to do with your time than write to someone who is going to do nothing.
  9. by   stiritup
    Originally posted by RN2Bn2003:
    <STRONG>I would not waste my time responding to Hillary Clinton. Believe me she is not going to do anything unless she can find a way to benefit herself. She has had 8 years to help out the nurses and she did nothing so why would she start now. As far as that goes she has done nothing in the past 8 years but make scandals for herself and her hubby. I think you can find better things to do with your time than write to someone who is going to do nothing.</STRONG>
    If we don't respond to our policy-makers, WHO DO WE RESPOND TOO??? Enlighten me RN2B.
  10. by   PeggyOhio
    I hear the disenchantment in your post RN2B. Believe me I am no Hillary fan. But like I said she asked, and it behooves us to answer. LOUD AND CLEAR. Kind of like "Speak now or forever hold thy peace." Flood her fricken mail box, nurses, PLEASE!
  11. by   ikimiwi
    thanks Peggy, I have spent just a few minutes to send my thoughts to the Senator , and my own state senators. and I hope everyone else will also
  12. by   cargal
    Thanks , Peggy , for this link. It is long and for me, difficult to navigate, because I had so many interruptions, a sticky keyboard, and the fast forward is slow. But I had to laugh out loud when one gentleman said that nursing is an attractive profession except for the working conditions and the pay! He must be talking about the attractive stress and c-diff, dangers with blood bourne pathogens and working with management, and families! LOL! I am emailing my state senator today. I have always found Allen Kukovich ready to listen. I have heard that he will run for Pa Lt. Gov-anyone in PA should support this candidate, write to him also-he does listen. His email is Kukovich@dem.pasen.gov.
    Carrie
    PS just a reminder from Level2Trauma- go to [URL=http://www.senate.gov/]www.senate.gov/.

    We need to flood them. Hiliary asks "What would you have us do?" after listening to an hour and a half of testimony on MOT, wages, working conditions, then asks us? Was she sleeping?

    [ May 23, 2001: Message edited by: cargal ]

    [ May 23, 2001: Message edited by: cargal ]
  13. by   PeggyOhio
    cargal
    I laughed at that "attractive profession" thing too. That was Senator Dodd of Connecticut. I found his comments worthy of another topic all by itself. Check it out.

    SenatorDodd

    I agree about the fast forward thing. I sent the site a comment thanking them for providing the video and asking them to upgrade their real player as to be easier to use.

    [ May 23, 2001: Message edited by: PeggyOhio ]
  14. by   cargal
    Thanks psychnrs, and welcome!! I did contact Senator Kukovich with your suggestion. I am getting excited, because if we keep this up, we will make a difference. Keep up the great posts, Peggy.

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