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    <td width="310" valign="top" height="226"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Gigi
    Dues
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    March 05, 1999 09:01 PM</font><hr>


    Reading through the various replies sounds like we are at my hospital in Ohio. We are
    also experiencing a nursing shortage that is greatly impacting patient care. I agree with
    you that we need to let ANA &amp; our legislators know of this situation.

    I have tried for over an hour to get on the ANA web site, but I am getting an 'overloaded'
    message. Hopefully, it is all the nurses out there writing to tell them of their
    situations. I'll try again in the AM. We do need to stick together- we could be a very
    powerful group with the ability to accomplish many great things.

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    March 05, 1999 10:25 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    I hope you keep trying to contact the ANA. You are right--there is power in numbers and
    as the old adage goes....the squeeky wheel gets all the grease. It's time we start
    squeeking. Hopefully the legislators not only hear us, but also act on these requests. </font></font></td>
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    March 06, 1999 09:00 AM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    I believe that only legislation change make things better for pt/nuse/family.
    Unfortunately, the ones who can make things better take too much $ from big HMOs. When I
    was living in Ca, the governor vetoed a bill that would have brought reforms to managed
    care that would have made treatment easier to get and allow HMOs to be sued for
    malpractice if a pt dies because of delayed diagnostics/treatment.

    What I can't understand is why they don't see that it's cheaper to treat people early
    rather than later when the prognosis is worse and recovery time longer. Prime examples are
    those people who are working (both parents) that are trying to raise a family but can't
    afford health insurance so their only way of obtaining medical care is via the ED. Costs a
    lot more in the long run. Or what about states that don't require insurance co's to pay
    for mammograms. Earlier diagnosis, earlier tx, better prognosis, less cost. But hospitals
    and HMOs aren't concerned with the long run, they only care about how much cash can be
    made now and how can we get a bigger piece of the pie. Sophie and I used to work together
    so she fully understands about what $$$ can buy. And that includes putting a monetary
    value on human life. And all this time I thought life was supposed to be priceless. </p>


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    March 06, 1999 09:58 AM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Hi All,</p>


    THANK YOU to GigiDues, BethanyJ, and bluesboyj for responding!</p>


    GigiDues---Thanks for attempting to e-mail the ANA and I'm SO glad you'll keep trying!
    It's REALLY good news that their site is OVERLOADED isn't it? I'm SO glad you told me
    that! We can only hope, as you say, that it is due to overwhelming mail from nurses. I
    haven't received a response from my e-mail to them on 2-26-99(?) so I plan to e-mail again
    on Monday (or maybe weekends ARE better since I assume their offices are closed), and then
    on Monday, if they read their mail, I'm hoping they have a LONG list of e-mail from all of
    us! Will you let us know if you get through and if you get a response please let us know
    what it is. THANKS!!</p>


    BethanyJ,</p>


    Thanks for responding! Have you been able to get through to the ANA? Please let us know
    if you do and what they say, will you?--and don't forget those state legislators!!
    THANKS!!</p>


    bluesboyj,</p>


    Sounds like you've had one bad experience with health care legislation out there, but I
    beg you not to give up! Please e-mail the ANA and your legislators and let us know what
    happens, ok?</p>


    THANKS!</p>


    By the way all, I try to keep my mail to them short and to the point--(so I get my
    message across before they get bored)--something like:</p>


    &quot;To Whom it May Concern: (for ANA, otherwise legislators name and title)</p>


    I would like to know if the American Nurses Association is doing anything about nurse
    understaffing. If so, please explain what it is and please tell me what I can do to help.</p>


    Sincerely,&quot;</p>


    Please KEEP UP the communications with the ANA and legislators and please keep posting
    results so we can all see the positive steps we are taking and keep each others' spirits
    buoyed!!</p>


    THANKS TO ALL!!</p>


    barton</p>




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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
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    March 07, 1999 12:30 AM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    barton,

    I also used brief messages to my legislators. I directed them to this message board,
    stressed understaffing is a national concern among nurses and wouldn't it be GREAT if it
    was *OUR* wonderful state that was the forerunner in instituting changes to improve the
    staffing and thus quality of patient care. I'm hoping this angle will work. I intend to
    keep sending my messages on a weekly basis until I get a response. I should rephrase that
    to say until I get the response I want to hear.
    haha. I will post any response I receive.</font></font></td>
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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
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    March 07, 1999 08:43 AM </font><hr>


    There would be hell to pay but I wonder if it isn't time to get the media involved. I
    worked for a &quot;community owned, not for profit&quot; hospital and I believe if the
    &quot;owners&quot; really knew what is going on there would be an uproar. One of the
    problems is that board members are MDs, lawyers, generally those with mucho $. I think the
    boards of hospitals should be made up mostly by those who we serve. Only a small portion
    of our census is wealthy. Most are trying to get by on Social Security, Medicare, etc.,
    yet decisions regarding the quality of care is being determined by those who can afford to
    go to private, for profit, &quot;posh&quot; hospitals if they choose. I worked with a
    couple of nurses from New Zealand where everyone is covered by insurance provided by the
    government. They said it is NOT like Canada. There is no waiting for surgery, denial of
    care based on age/Apache score. Ironic isn't it? Using the name of a tribe who lost a lot
    of &quot;family&quot; to those who wanted their land to describe a tool used to determine
    how agressive we will be in treating someone based on age/prognosis. We all know that
    something has to be done. With tools such as the Apache scoring guide, again I say there
    is now a $ value on life.</p>


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    <td width="310" valign="top" height="777"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial">barton</font>

    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
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    March 07, 1999 12:22 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Hi All!</p>


    Way to go BethanyJ!! Yes, it would be nice if &quot;our little group&quot; gained
    enough support, with letters from nurses everywhere, to effect a positive change in
    staffing!

    Thanks for your stamina---keep up those letters and e-mails!</p>


    I have e-mailed the ANA (webfeedback@ana.org)on 2-26, 3-3, and 3-7, 1999 and have not
    received responses, BUT I am not giving up!</p>


    I also could not get to the ANA sites at webfeedback@ana.org OR
    http://www.nursingworld.org----(I hope these addy's are correct.)</p>


    HOWEVER, I believe that one CAN E-MAIL the ANA at webfeedback@ana.org----that's the
    address I've been using. (I hope the mail is getting there! Ha!)</p>


    I also e-mailed the Florida Nurses Association and begged them to make this issue one
    of their &quot;priority&quot; legislative issues and told them that I had written the ANA
    and Rep. C. W. Young.</p>


    I wrote to Rep. C. W. Young (he doesn't have e-mail apparently). I'm afraid my letter
    was not as brief as I've suggested (Ha!)and after describing our problems I told him that
    we ARE NOT WHINING--that as licensed personnel we have many opportunities for advancement
    not previously available--that we FEAR for our patients' well-being and CHOOSE to remain
    in bedside care!</p>


    I also used your suggestion and referred him to this site under &quot;General
    Discussion Topics&quot;.</p>


    bluesboyJ,

    I agree that the media is a good way to go. Have you had any dealings with them? Could you
    advise us on how to approach them and what we can legally say?</p>


    Keep up the letters and e-mail folks!! I feel momentum here and it feels GOOD and
    PROMISING!</p>


    PLEASE post any and all mail you've written and received about this!</p>


    I still think it's GOOD NEWS that both the ANA sites I've tried are overloaded or
    whatever, don't you??!! </p>


    barton</p>


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    <td width="310" valign="top" height="162"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Gigi
    Dues
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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Junior Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="162"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 07, 1999 03:47 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    barton-</p>


    I did finally get on the ANA's web site and was able to e-mail them. Will post any
    response. Also, I will be encouraging the nurses that I work with to do the same.</font></font></td>
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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
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    March 07, 1999 05:20 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;</font><hr>


    Thank you GigiDues!!</p>


    THE MORE THE MERRIER, HUH?!</p>


    barton</p>


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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="303"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 07, 1999 07:00 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    barton,

    I don't think that there is anything we can't say to the press--legally speaking as long
    as the concerns are legitimate and true. However, as bluesboyj wrote--there would be hell
    to pay even in those states with whistleblower acts enacted for those who chose to speak
    up. Those pulling the strings and running the show can make life even more miserable than
    it is now for the nurses who speak up. Suggest nurses DOCUMENT and keep private records at
    home before they speak up. That way those who speak out via the media will have a little
    leverage to fall back on when the management turns up the heat. You can bet your bottom
    dollar that nurses will be asked to provide specifics such as dates and instances to prove
    that staffing endangered patient care, etc. They will have their own records, undoubtedly
    fudged somehow to show that no such problem exists in their facility. I'd bank on it. I've
    heard it's happened before. Then they point to the nurses and label them as troublemakers
    and whiners. I'm new to this political arena here and don't have a law degree--these are
    just my thoughts.</font></font></td>
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    <td width="310" valign="top" height="621"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial">barton</font>

    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
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    March 08, 1999 09:08 AM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    BethanyJ,</p>


    Thanks for your response. I agree that documentation is the key AND that we might find
    discrepancies between our documentation and that of administration! Apparently, one of the
    most valuable tools they gave us in school was the incessant cry, &quot;DOCUMENT,
    DOCUMENT, AND DOCUMENT, huh? I like to think that if 2 or 3 nurses on the same shift have
    similar documentation, it would negate that of administration.</p>


    POINT OF INTEREST:</p>


    Have you looked at your state nursing association's web site? Obviously, I am
    paraphrasing only a small portion of what is written on the Florida Nursing Association
    site but here goes:</p>


    Under &quot;Workplace Advocacy&quot;, one of its purposes is to promote the welfare of
    nurses so that everyone will receive better nursing care. They encourage nurses to call
    with their concerns, etc., including staffing, and one of their goals is to provide
    guidance and information to resolve a problem.</p>


    This annoys me. Is there no ONE POWER for us to turn to that has the ability to speak
    and rule definitively? </p>


    I am confident however that if we can encourage ALL nurses to contribute to our
    outpouring of e-mails and letters, that not only might we effect some positive changes,
    but perhaps we WILL be provided with a law or SOMETHING that will keep our hospitals
    safely staffed!!</p>


    Thanks BethanyJ--Please continue to post---your ideas and info have proven invaluable!</p>


    barton</p>


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    <td width="310" valign="top" height="347"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Canrckid</font>

    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="347"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 09, 1999 12:25 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Barton et al............</p>


    I was perusing another Nursing BB, and came across an individual who says she works for
    a major TV news magazine requesting some info

    on the use of assistive personnel to replace RN's at the bedside. I've emailed her
    explaining what our BB was trying to do and to ask if she might be interested in what we
    have to say about this and other issues and to ask for her permission to post her email
    address. I'm not sure if this is legitimate or not, so if this person does exist, I don't
    want to &quot;alienate&quot; her with unsolicited email. As soon as I have her relpy, I
    will post........</p>


    Waiting on &quot;Pins and Needles&quot;.....

    Canrckid</p>


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    March 09, 1999 03:49 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Canrckid,</p>


    YOURS IS THE MOST EXCITING NEWS I'VE HEARD SO FAR!!!!!!</p>


    I am waiting on pins and needles along with you! I trust that you will post as soon as
    you hear anything.</p>


    I have e-mailed the ANA 3 times (with no response yet), the FNA (Florida--I received a
    return receipt today that states it was read today--but no response yet), and I faxed a
    letter to Rep. C. W. Young (FL) just this afternoon.</p>


    I have a feeling that the ANA and state nursing associations are receiving a large
    number of e-mails and letters from this site, and I'm concerned that these associations
    might be thinking &quot;We'll just let this little &quot;phase&quot; of theirs pass and
    they'll stop writing.&quot; </p>


    PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE fellow nurses, DON'T let this happen! I'm not suggesting that we
    be a nuisance---just PERSISTENT! Please DON'T let them think that we will give up trying
    to get ADEQUATE and LICENSED staffing for our patients!</p>


    Even if I don't receive responses to my mail, I plan to continue writing and e-mailing
    at regular and polite intervals and I urge all of you to do the same. Please don't give
    up. If they stop receiving mail from us, because we are discouraged with the lack of
    response, then I believe we will fail. </p>


    PLEASE---EACH OF YOU---TELL ME THAT WE WILL NOT GIVE UP AND THAT WE WILL NOT FAIL!!</p>


    Thanks again Canrckid----I am THRILLED and I think that your post gives all of us a
    much needed piece of OPTIMISM!!</p>


    barton</p>


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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="370"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 09, 1999 05:34 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    I have to agree with barton that canrckid's news is very exciting! woo-hoo!! Yet
    another avenue of the media to pursue. Thank you canrckid for your vigilence and for
    posting that info.

    So far I have just received an automated response that my messages were received and I
    will be receiving a written response in the near future. I hope so, but will continue to
    remail my messages until I do hear something. If I don't, I'll head out on a different
    front..perhaps television, huh? What local newscast wouldn't jump at the chance to show
    overworked nurses and endangered patients while administrators are rolling in the dough
    and not losing an ounce of sleep over the matter??? hmmmm...

    barton, I've tried to access the MI Nurses Association website but haven't been able to
    get anything to load to up. I tried to email them also but got it back through the mail
    daemon as an unknown user. I'll have to look up the addy and send a letter conventionally.

    Hey you guys...have you noticed the registered users on this board are growing rapidly?
    I'm hoping it's our legal beagles on here sniffing out the territory!! <img
    SRC="http://wwnurse.com/bb/redface.gif">

    Thanks barton for the words of encouragment to stick this out. For me, an unanswered
    letter is nothing in comparison to understaffed facilities and patients not receiving the
    care they deserve!

    Carry on my friends....</font></font></td>
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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Junior Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="175"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 09, 1999 06:00 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Recently the hospital I work in has recently experienced record census for many days -
    weeks - months. Of course staffing has not been the best due to this high volume.

    An incident happened that I think woke up administrators and supposedly now we have more
    positions created! I guess I'll have to believe it when I see the new nurses working, but
    for now it has our hopes up that someone has finally listened that more staff is needed in
    our unit!</font></font></td>
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    <td width="310" valign="top" height="611"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial">barton</font>

    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="611"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 09, 1999 07:51 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Hello BethanyJ!!!</p>


    GREAT news that you received responses, even if they're automated, they DID say they'd
    be followed by written replies, which is a BIG step in the right direction, huh?</p>


    I agree with you also that TV would REALLY shake things up!</p>


    Thanks for your continued efforts and posts and words of encouragement! We musn't give
    up!</p>


    When I e-mailed the ANA today (AGAIN), I told them that I had sent a letter to Rep.
    Young (FL) and I also asked them (paraphrasing here): What is the point of their
    association's &quot;lofty&quot; goals for nurses if we can't provide the most basic of
    care---plenty of LICENSED nurses to provide bedside care?</p>


    Yes, I have noticed the number of registered users increasing and I HOPE the right
    people ARE sniffing around here!</p>


    And THANK YOU for YOUR continued support, frequent posts and updates. It really helps
    keep me (and I bet others) going!!</p>


    jmccrn,</p>


    Thanks for the input! Keep posting and HANG in there with us, OK?</p>


    Talk to you all soon!</p>


    barton</p>


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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
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    March 09, 1999 07:53 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Barton...........</p>


    Yea! Here it is! Sending you her response. Make the best of it!</p>


    Go ahead and post my name, email, and phone. I am interested in staffing

    issues involving nurses and techs, and am willing to hear from anyone who

    has a specific concern. I am most interested in hearing about situations

    that are ongoing, where patient care is being affected. Anyone may leave

    their number and a description of their concern and I will call them back as

    soon as I can.

    Sylvia Johnson

    ABC News 20/20

    212-456-1421

    sylvia.johnson@abc.com</p>


    I will email her my thanks, and let her know about this bulletin board where she can
    read some of the issues for herself......in case there are those of us who are too
    &quot;shy&quot; to respond. And by all means, all of you pass this info out at your places
    of employment (discreetly of course!), so we can give input from places other than this
    BB.</p>


    Canrckid</p>


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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Junior Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="159"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 09, 1999 10:10 PM &nbsp;</font><hr>


    Hi everyone,

    I'm glad to see this BB expanding. Just read Canrckid's post, made a copy, and taking it
    to work! Just to let you know--I emailed the ANA today.

    jmccrn--it almost sounds like we work for the same hospital--but we don't! </font></font></td>
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    <td width="310" valign="top" height="385"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial">bshort</font>

    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Administrator</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="385"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 09, 1999 11:21 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Hello All! I have been busy lately, and havent had time to participate much on my own
    BB </p>


    I'm glad to see the BB really getting some good discussion rolling :-) I will highlight
    these discussions in the next issue of &quot;Nurse-zine&quot; <a
    HREF="http://wwnurse.com/Nurse-zine/" TARGET="_blank">wwnurse.com/Nurse-zine/</a> (19,000
    subscribers). Hopefully will get more nurses involved! The more voices that speak out on
    these issues, the more likely that voice will be heard. I am glad to see the
    professionalism by all your post! Keep it positive! </p>


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    WORLDWIDE NURSE: The Internet's Nursing Directory

    <a HREF="http://wwnurse.com/" TARGET="_blank">wwnurse.com/</a> </p>




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    March 10, 1999 07:32 AM &nbsp;&nbsp;</font><hr>


    Brian............</p>


    Good for you! &quot;Nurse-zine&quot;, is the perfect vehicle for getting out the word
    to all those &quot;stressed out&quot; nurses that they now have another route to express
    their concerns over patient care/safety issues. Please post Sylvia Johnson's verbatim
    reply to my email, so that those who wish to respond to her, know what she is looking
    for.....</p>


    Canrckid</p>


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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="831"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 10, 1999 11:16 AM &nbsp;</font><hr>


    OK! OK! OK! I'm almost too excited to type!!!</p>


    Canrckid,</p>


    ABC??!!??-------20/20??!!?? This is MAGNIFICENT!! I will e-mail her TODAY!!</p>


    As you said, SPREADING BEYOND THIS BB!!

    PLEASE FOLKS--WE CAN'T STOP NOW, CAN WE?</p>


    Joellen,</p>


    If you were standing here right now, I'd KISS you! LOL!! Thanks for bringing the ABC
    20/20 info to WORK!! And thank you for e-mailing the ANA.</p>


    Brian,</p>


    I think you were reading my mind today! I had planned on posting to you TODAY, to ask
    what you thought of our ideas and efforts.

    NURSE-ZINE!!!!---------19 THOUSAND SUBSCRIBERS??!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!</p>


    With our posts on this BB, your including us in NURSE-ZINE, 20/20's interest, all of
    our e-mails/letters to legislators, the ANA, the AARP, the state nursing associations, and
    with people here spreading &quot;the word&quot;, I believe that our optimism and chances
    of SUCCESS are greater than I'VE EVER SEEN!!!</p>


    And, Brian, (b.short), I hope that you will do as Canrckid asked and post Sylvia
    Johnson's info in the Nurse-zine! Will You?

    Thank you Brian, for taking our efforts one BIG STEP FORWARD!</p>


    TO ALL OF YOU,</p>


    I CONTINUE MY PLEA--DON'T GIVE UP ON CORRESPONDENCE TO THE ANA, LEGISLATORS, ETC.</p>


    PLEASE--- DON'T let them think that we are making a BRIEF and WEAK cry for help and
    that eventually we will &quot;shut up&quot;! I believe that ONLY with CONTINUED efforts
    will we be taken seriously and get LOTS of LICENSED nurses back to the PATIENT'S BEDSIDE!</p>


    THANK YOU ALL!!</p>


    barton</p>


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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="509"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 10, 1999 12:08 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    P.S.---</p>


    I hope no one minds that I've invited others from other BB's on wwnurse.com to join in
    our conversation and efforts.</p>


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    Canrckid,

    I hope you don't mind that I told them we have 20/20's interest!!!!!!!!</p>


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    Brian,

    I hope you don't mind that I told them you were planning to include some of our input in
    NURSE-ZINE.</p>


    I really didn't think any of you would mind these things, but I thought I'd post, just
    to be sure.</p>


    THANKS,</p>


    barton </p>


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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="258"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 10, 1999 12:21 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Hello everyone! Oh you guys have done such a great job! I thank you all for your
    efforts! Hugs to all!!!!

    Barton, I've had another thought...suppose we should get a new topic list going re:
    nursing issues/concerns and how they affect our patient care? After we've gotten a few
    responses we can forward the entire page to our legistlators, ANA, etc. along with our
    other little notes of concern. Just a thought....

    We can also continue to spread the word about this BB in our workplaces to fellow
    nurses....just post the web site on education/general news bulletin boards in the
    workplace and advertise it as a great nursing resource...which it is. <img
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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="978"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 10, 1999 04:07 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Hi BethanyJ!!</p>


    Great to hear from you! I'm SO glad that you continue to post. I think that updating
    each other frequently like this is a GREAT way to keep us ALL actively involved. We don't
    want ANYONE to give up, do we?</p>


    I LOVE your idea re: a new topic list re: nursing issues/concerns and how they affect
    patient care-------and I REALLY like your idea to forward this topic list to legislators,
    ANA , etc.. </p>


    I'd like people to continue to write it on THIS topic list though, and here is my
    reason: I'm concerned that if we move any of our communications to another topic list, the
    people that have been invited to join/read this BB (legislators, other BB users on this
    site, media, etc.) might &quot;get lost&quot;, so to speak, trying to find us.</p>


    WHAT DO YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE THINK?</p>


    I also suggest that we ALL brainstorm and form a &quot;Mission Statement&quot;.</p>


    Perhaps something like this:</p>


    We nurses, acting in our roles as patient advocates, and finding no ONE definitive
    power to represent us, are prepared to perform the following acts to ensure the safe care
    of our patients and ourselves:</p>


    1) We will communicate with any and all parties who are charged with the responsibility
    of legislating and/or mandating the practices of nurses.</p>


    2) Since we believe that nursing administrators and other nurses not currently involved
    in direct patient care do not have first-hand knowledge of the rapid and dramatic changes
    in bedside nursing, we will ask our legislators to form a body of nurses, comprised ONLY
    of currently practicing BEDSIDE nurses.</p>


    3) We will charge this body of nurses with the solemn responsibility of formulating a
    patient acuity system that reflects the true nature of today's more seriously ill hospital
    patient. Based on this and the additional time that nurses require in using Universal
    Precautions, they will formulate a safer and more realistic nurse/patient ratio.</p>


    4) We will ask our legislators to support these findings as law and to impose a fine on
    hospitals that do not comply. We will ask them also to withdraw federal dollars, if
    applicable, from hospitals that repeatedly ignore this law.</p>


    Just a start..........and a thought.....my brain is tired! (Ha!)</p>


    AS I SAID EARLIER, LET'S ALL BRAINSTORM!!

    PLEASE ADD TO, DELETE FROM, REWRITE---(WHATEVER) TO WHAT I'VE JUST WRITTEN, OK?</p>


    Hugs to ALL!!!</p>


    barton</p>


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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="373"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 10, 1999 06:57 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    I'd have to say barton is taking her Ginkoba--her brain cells are working overtime!
    LOL!! In all seriousness barton, you've really outdone yourself here. I am impressed by
    your organization and excellent wording skills.

    I think that you have a great start on the mission statement... Right now, I can't think
    of anything to add because my brain cells are on strike. teehee. I'll give it some thought
    and post again if I can think of anything to add.

    I do know that I stand behind what you have written thus far. I'd love to see crucial
    decisions made by those who know what is going on at the bedside rather than those hidden
    behind closed doors.

    I also have to admit that you have a good point about leaving all posts in here so they
    can be found easily, and I agree with that. </p>


    Talk to ya's later!

    Beth</p>


    PS-- Word must be traveling....the number of registered users continues to climb daily.
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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Administrator</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="490"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 10, 1999 07:44 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    Hello everyone! After reading your recent post.... I have decided to create a new forum
    just for this topic of &quot;nursing issues/concerns and how they affect patient
    care&quot;. </p>


    I have created hot links to this and other discussions in the announcement section at
    the top of the new forum, so new comers can follow the discussion from the beginning.</p>


    BTW, I am always open for feedback and suggestions <img
    SRC="http://wwnurse.com/bb/wink.gif"> </p>


    Also, I have e-mailed Sylvia Johnson ABC News 20/20, and see what she thinks about
    posting her contact info in Nurse-zine. Only with her permission will I mention her in
    Nurse-zine.</p>




    PLEASE POSR ALL YOUR REPLYS TO THAT YOU HAVE ON THID THREAD TO THE FOLLOWING NEW FORUM:</p>


    I will close this thread so no new post can be posted here.</p>




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    WORLDWIDE NURSE: The Internet's Nursing Directory

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    <font SIZE="1" face="Verdana, Arial">Member</font> </td>
    <td width="1037" height="541"><font SIZE="2" face="Verdana, Arial"><font SIZE="1" posted
    March 10, 1999 11:14 PM &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </font><hr>


    HI ALL!!</p>


    Brian,</p>


    Thanks for your response. I'm glad to hear that you'll be contacting Sylvia Johnson! I
    agree with you that asking how she wishes this to be handled is the only considerate thing
    to do.</p>


    I tried to post on the neat new forum you created, but could not (I'm not computer
    savvy and there was some Server thing(?) that prevented me from posting).</p>


    In any event, I'm still concerned that some of the people invited to read our posts
    will get &quot;lost&quot;, ESPECIALLY if their computer skills are as limited as MINE!!
    LOL!!!</p>


    Well, I'm sure we can all work this out, huh?

    We seem to be doing a darn fine job so far, and I am proud to be associated with the fine
    group of people I've met here!!</p>


    Talk to all of you Thursday!</p>


    Lots of hugs to all of you!</p>


    barton

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