The National Nurses Organizational Commitee (NNOC) has organized a petition here in Ohio. The goal is to lower the nurse patient ratio in several areas. If you feel you may be interested in helping this cause, please go to www.NNOC.net, there you will find a printable version of this petition. Please also feel free to take this and obtain signatures. The only requirement is that the person signing be a registered voter in the state of Ohio. If the required amount of signatures is received, this petition will be sent to Columbus to Governor Strickland. Also it is very helpful to write your local representatives in Columbus. To find out who your local State representative is in your District go to www.google.com and type in "Ohio House of Representatives", click on the link that says (something like) find your representative, then simply type in your zip code. If you already know who your representative is, you may write them at: 77 S. High St, Columbus, OH 43215.
I've read hundreds of blogs already about staffing, we've all been there. Now it's time to make a change. When I became a nurse, I took a vow to be an advocate, to speak for those who could not speak for themselves, to take care of those who could not do it alone. By 2010, 78 million baby boomers will be in some form of nursing establishment. If you live in Ohio, or know someone who does, please forward this message! My name is Darlene.