<Maybe we can get someting done on a national level.>
We ARE getting "something" done on a national level! The following bills are all in Congress now - the ANA, its members & the nurses unions got them there. Now EVERY nurse & nursing student should be contacting her/his own national elected officials demanding their support & passage of all these "somethings":
The Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act (S. 1686).
This legislation will limit mandatory overtime for nurses in order to protect patient safety and improve working conditions for nurses.
Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2001 (H. R. 3238)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for patient protection by limiting the number of mandatory overtime hours a nurse may be required to work in certain providers of services to which payments are made under the Medicare Program.
The Patient Safety Act of 2001 (S.863)
. This bill requires healthcare providers to make publicly available certain minimum information regarding nurse staffing and patient outcomes. S. 863 will improve the safety of patients by encouraging higher nurse to patient ratios, and ultimately help retain nurses in the face of a nationwide nursing shortage by encouraging safe work environments.
Nursing Home Staffing Improvement Act of 2002 (H. R. 4715)
, To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to establish minimum requirements for nurse staffing in nursing facilities receiving payments under the Medicare or Medicaid Program.
H. R. 3589
, To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to eligible entities to implement and evaluate demonstrations of models and best practices in nursing care and to develop innovative strategies for retention of professional nurses.
Hospital-Based Nursing Initiative Act of 2001
(S. 1585), To establish grant and scholarship programs to enable hospitals to retain and further educate their nursing staffs.
Nurse Retention and Quality of Care Act of 2002 (H. R. 4654)
, To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide programs to improve nurse retention, the nursing workplace, and the quality of care.
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a Nurse Corps and recruitment and retention strategies to address the nursing shortage,
and many more......
But a national petition would be nice!