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.
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!
[ May 23, 2001: Message edited by: PeggyOhio ]