nurses union supports equal access for all
the view from the hospital floor where nurses give care 24/7 is quite a distance from the halls of congress, which is consumed with debates on debt ceilings. or from labor department cubicles, where monthly unemployment numbers are being crunched. or from corporate boardrooms, which are signing off on executive bonuses.
our view is of the immediate needs of the sick. still, in the end, these are pieces that inform a critical national discussion. for us, the question is: how can the richest country in the world-by far-be in such a serious crisis, and what can we do now to remedy it?
we nurses see the effects of the crisis up close. very close. the insecurity that engulfs american communities reveals itself in a rash of stress-induced illnesses: high blood pressure, stroke, kidney failure, heart disease, mental illness....
...anna smith, an emergency room nurse in oakland, calif., said, "we are seeing more kids, and we are seeing sicker kids. they are forced to use our er as their primary-care provider, and so when they come to us, they are really sick. asthma flares are more prevalent and more deadly. diets are high in fat, and children are developing pancreatitis, usually an adult illness."
if there is anyone who understands the logic and necessity of an expanded medicare for all, it is nurses. we support new federal legislation for single-payer health care-the sanders/mcdermott american health security act of 2011....