Please come and sign a petition to lower the Nurse-to-Patient ratio.

  1. Please come and sign a petition to lower the Nurse-to-Patient ratio in Nevada. It's a safety issue. Go to:

    http://users.lvcm.com/nursenevada

    Thank-you,
    Every signature helps!

    Dianne Moore, RN
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   -jt
    nice petition & article. I signed it.

    what group of nurses or organization is conducting this?
    Last edit by -jt on Nov 13, '02
  4. by   Nurse Nevada
    This petition got stared by an individual, myself. It is now being backed by Nevada Nursing Association (NNA.)

    Please come and sign!

    http://users.lvcm.com/nursenevada

    Thank-you,
    Dianne Moore, RN
  5. by   -jt
    <This petition got stared by an individual, myself. It is now being backed by Nevada Nursing Association (NNA.)>

    ONE NURSE. I knew it! More proof for those disbeilivers who dont think that ONE NURSE can make the difference. Congratulations to you for taking the initiative & to the Nevada Nurses Assoc (a member of the ANA) for standing behind you.
  6. by   NancyRN
    Signed it and added my own comments. Thanks Diane!
  7. by   shannonRN
    kudos to you!! i signed it...anything to help a fellow nurse. well, almost anything. (especially since it is such an important issue in nursing today!) good luck.
  8. by   Nurse Nevada
    I just want to thank all those who signed the petition. Please spread the word around for others to sign. We need a lot of signatures.

    About 18 people signed but we need lots more. Also, if anyone wants to make a comment about how many patients they've had in that past on one shift and what that was like, I'd love to hear from you. I will post interesting articles on the website if you want to write something. Be sure to sign it for credit!

    http://users.lvcm.com/nursenevada

    Thanks for all your support!
    Dianne Moore, RN
  9. by   shannonRN
    just a thought, you might want to have this thread moved to the general nursing discussion or start another thread in that section...more people might look at it there.
  10. by   Nurse Nevada
    Thanks for the advice Shannon. I started a thread in the general nursing discussion. Thanks again to all of you who signed!

    Dianne Moore, RN
  11. by   Nurse Nevada
    Hello,

    I have been receiving a lot of signed petitions. There is an area in the petition to write about your own experience with a heavy patient load. The more I read about what nurses are going through at work, I can understand why so many are leaving the nursing profession. I would like to enter some of the testimonials on the website for others to see. I will do it ananomously so as not to cause any problems for anyone. If you would like your name to appear with your posted testimonial, please contact me at: nursenevada@lvcm.com They are very interesting to read.

    Thanks again for your support! Please keep the petitions comming in. Maybe we can get someting done on a national level.

    Nursing Nevada

    Dianne Moore, RN
  12. by   -jt
    <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.

    S.721, 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......
    www.congress.org

    But a national petition would be nice!
    Last edit by -jt on Nov 19, '02
  13. by   Nurse Nevada
    I'd like to thank everyone who are posting current articles on the nurse-to-patient ratio issues around the US. I don't have a lot of time to search for the latest news. I am posting links on my site.

    Please keep the petitions comming! I have 59 signed petitions from all of you, thanks again!

    Dianne Moore, RN
    Nurse Nevada
    http://users.lvcm.com/nursenevada
  14. by   -jt
    <Please keep the petitions comming! I have 59 signed petitions from all of you, thanks again!>

    Have you tried sending it to the state associations of the states that border yours? Since their states nurses may be targetted by Nevada hospitals more heavily due to their close location, they may be willing to link your petition on their websites too, especailly once they know your state assoc is supporting it.

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