2,000 PA Docs close offices-rally re malpractice limits; Can PA nurses rally in #'s



  1. Two THOUSAND Doctors in PA have closed their offices for a week--or more to protest malpractice rates---my own Doc included. Imagine what that message is sending to PA State legislators---can PA nurses send that kind of message too re mandatory overtime and staffing issues??

    In Pennsylvania, doctors rally for malpractice limits
    Two thousand Pennsylvania doctors gathered outside a convention center to demand that the governor and state legislature enact a $250,000 limit on malpractice awards.

    Washington Post, April 29, 2003
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...2003Apr28.html

    Phila. Inquirer coverage:
    "The protest yesterday was organized by the Politically Active Physicians Association (PAPA), which will be joining various medical societies in a major protest rally on the steps of the Harrisburg Capitol Building on May 6."
    http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/5739143.htm

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    How many PA nurses will turn out for May 7th Harrisburg Rally-
    see PA Nurses: Get on the bus!
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...threadid=35745
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Apr 30, '03
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  3. by   funnygirl_rn
    NRSKarenRN....I don't know the head count of nurses in Pennsylvania...but, hopefully these nurses will show up in masses on May 7th.....now..that will be a positive statement!!
  4. by   betts
    UPDATE of; I Said HUH... Post #1

    (Post# 126)

    Mr. Governor,
    I applaud your approach, admirable as it is; it's not the major problem. What about nurses that come to Florida after the 2 to 3 months wait for a license, only to be told that they've NO Experience practicing as a Nurse in Florida? Granted, we will need to educate ourselves to the laws here, but we knew that when we came. Why should facilities (Corporations) be allowed to "Skirt" the age discrimination laws with the above?
    I returned here, and have almost 30 years experience in healthcare, at my expense in hopes that 'Home' would be different. It's expensive to fly here, rent an auto, temporary housing w/utilities, and then find affordable housing to purchase, without being "Rejected' because we've not had any "Practice" as a nurse here.
    A "Nurse is a Nurse"; "Professional Caregiver", and what we do isn't "Practice", but years of "Education", "Skills Learned and Applied", proven over years of working in short staffed facilities, long hour's, and all to often, with uncaring "Corporations" that terminate us for unjust causes because we "Care about those we Care for".

    Mr. Governor,
    We want the "Respect", and the "Dignity" afforded other "Professionals", such as "Firemen and Teachers" get with home purchases. Relocation expenses, and the right to do our "Jobs" without "Fear" or "Intimidation". In short "JOB SECURITY". Immediate and affordable "Health Insurance", without the 90 day constraints.

    Our motto:
    "We Care What's Given and We Give What Cares"; "We're Healthcare Professionals".
    Respectfully,

    Letter sent to Governor Bush in Florida commenting on his new law concerning nurses in Florida.
    Posted 06/04/2002

    August 27th,2002
    Low-rate loans target nurses...
    In an attempt to lure more nurses and other health-care workers to Florida and retain them, Gov.Jeb Bush announced a program Monday that will make them eligible for low-interest mortgages and student loans.
    The state has partnered with Fannie Mae, to promote up to 100% financing for home loans to nurses and select health-care workers in Florida.
    Knoxville-based edsouth is offering Florida nursing students or nursing graduates working in the state a 1.06 percent interest rate for their student loans.

    orlandosentinel.com

    What I've accomplished since my return to Florida in 2002

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