I vote for that one up there "A call to arms"
very noble & pro-active! I like it.
ANA President Mary Foley, MS, RN, continued to share that message with consumers in an op-ed on MSNBC.com re: the nursing shortage:
"The ANA and nurses across the country are applauding legislation that could make a difference. The recently introduced Nurses Reinvestment Act and the Nursing Education and Employment Development Act are aimed at alleviating the growing nursing shortage of nurses in the United States. These bills
seek to put more nurses at the bedside through a combination of scholarships, loan repayments and innovative recruitment techniques designed to prompt young people to choose nursing as a career as well as to encourage existing nurses to increase their levels of education.........
But thats only half the story. Legislation is also being introduced that focuses on major safety, quality and workforce issues for nurses and their patients. The Patient Safety Act, when passed, will require health care institutions to make public, among other things, the number of registered nurses providing direct patient care, the number of unlicensed personnel being used to provide direct patient care, the average number
of patients per registered nurse, patient mortality rates, and the incidence of adverse patient incidents.
It also will provide protections for nurses who blow the whistle on unsafe care practices at their facilities. In addition, ANA is working with members of Congress to develop other measures to attack these workplace problems, including mandatory overtime, head on......
Tell your representatives in your state legislatures and in Congress that you want legislation passed that addresses the inadequate staffing and mandatory overtime that jeopardize your safety in the health care system and legislation that encourages people from all walks of life and backgrounds to join the ranks of one of the most honorable professions around.
On every unit and in every setting across the country, nurses make a difference daily in the lives of patients. Help us make sure they are still there in the future to make that difference."
for the full text, go to http://www.msnbc.com/news/571673.asp