THANKS for the post! I LOVE IT that you gathered some assignment sheets-----imagine ANYONE, with a medical/nursing background, reading the patients' charts AND THEN seeing the assignment sheets for those same patients!! I think THAT would put the FEAR OF GOD into ANYONE, since ALL people are potential patients!
I believe that eventually, at least some of our horror stories about inadequate and unlicensed staffing WILL make it to television or some type of media, and that is ONE of the reasons I believe that we need to continue to POST, POST, POST and DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT and CONTINUE TO WRITE, WRITE, WRITE to our legislators, the ANA, the state nursing associations, the AARP, Sylvia Johnson at ABC's 20/20 (THANKS AGAIN Canrckid!), and any other appropriate organizations that are potential vehicles for positive change! IF ANY of them STOP HEARING from us, I'm concerned that they will forget about our dilemna or assume that it has been resolved. I imagine that research, production, etc. takes the media weeks or months to complete on a story of this magnitude, so PLEASE don't give up your efforts if we don't see immediate results!
At present, I await a response from Rep.Young (I faxed a letter only a few days ago), the ANA, and the FNA (FL). I continue to e-mail the ANA and FNA at polite intervals. I will post any responses I receive.
Since I believe that certain legislators, Sylvia Johnson and other people/organizations have been INVITED TO READ our posts, I URGE all of you to continue to post. How else can our readers/"posters" know what our mission is? They and we NEED ALL THE INFO we can get to effect positive change, right?
Another piece of GREAT NEWS is that LRichardson has agreed to post, when ready, the editorial she is writing for a city newspaper!!
AND a BIG THANK YOU to the administrator of this site, Brian Short, for the VERY LARGE and VERY RED forwarding messages he has left at our previous forum, referring people to THIS forum!!
HUGS TO ALL!!!
P.S.--Please don't forget to give your suggestions re: adding to, deleting from, or rewriting my suggested "Mission Statement" (posted on our previous forum)! Thanks!