"As long as unreasonable schedules, dangerous understaffing, and fears of institutional reprisal keep nurses from meeting this calling, many will continue to leave the bedside. Nurses do not want to be a part of a health system that fails to meet the needs of patients. Registered nurses, hospital administrators, other health care providers, health system planners, and consumers must come together in a meaningful way to create a system that supports both patients and health care providers. We should begin by improving the environment for nursing. "
for the Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health
Statement of the American Nurses Association
Regarding Improving Patient Safety
March 7, 2002
Mary E. Foley, MS, RN