This is great! 3 different nursing unions are joining hands for a rally.
SEATTLE, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Registered nurses of the state's three largest
nursing and health care unions: Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA),
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 NW, and United Food and
Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 141 are joining forces to kick off National
Nurses Week (May 6 - 12) and demand quality care, safe hours and safe
staffing. Hundreds of nurses are expected to attend the rally on May 6th
from 1 - 2 p.m. at Westlake Plaza in downtown Seattle. Representative Jim
McDermott of Seattle will deliver the keynote address.
Registered nurses make up the majority of health care professionals in the
U.S. with over 2.2 million nationwide and over 50,000 here in Washington
state. We are currently in the midst of a nursing shortage, with the average
age of nurses at 45 years old and less than 10% of the workforce under the
age of 30.
Janice E. Bussert, BSN, RN, President of WSNA, stresses that, "We demand
better working conditions in order to attract and retain experienced nurses.
With forced overtime, nurses are working more than 16 hours -- that is not
safe patient care nor is it safe for nurses!" Marilyn Savage, RN, President
of UFCW Local 141 calls attention to the growing hazards of the nursing
profession, "Registered nurses are at great risk for a variety of workplace
injuries ranging from back pain, needlestick injuries, latex allergy and
workplace violence." Diane Sosne, RN, President of SEIU 1199NW warns that,
"In order to protect our nurses and secure quality care, we must have safe
staffing at all the health care facilities. Patient care is compromised when
there is inadequate staffing of registered nurses."
This rally is an opportunity to recognize the important contribution of the
nurses in our community and also to highlight the concerns surrounding
quality patient care that has been jeopardized in recent years through forced
overtime and short staffing. Registered nurses will be speaking about their
experiences on these critical issues. Nurse legislators in the Washington
State Legislature will be recognized for their contribution and efforts
toward quality health care. The Seattle Labor Chorus will be providing the
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SOURCE Washington State Nurses Association