To all my friends and fellow nursing family out there! I created this petition to raise awareness to to the often overlooked nurse to patient ratios in Skilled Nursing Facilities and am asking for your support! 150 signatures will make this petition visible on the Whitehouse.gov website. 100,000 signatures and the Obama Administration MUST address it. If anything I would ask that you would take the time to read it. If you want any further info or have questions feel free to email. I would have added more detail to the petition but was limited in the amount of characters I could use.
Below is the link to sign, you may have to copy and paste into your browser:
Here is the description of the petition:
We petition the Obama Administration to:
Implement a safe and practical nurse to patient ratio in Skilled Nursing Facilities nation wide.
Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF's), also referred to as Long Term Care or Nursing Homes, nurse to patient ratios typically range from 20-59 patients per nurse depending on the shift. The large misconception that only the elderly reside at these types of settings who need little more care than having their medications given to them on time simply is false.
The type of care at these facilities range from patients with gastronomy/tracheotomy tubes, have large or multiple wounds, post-op patients, psyche as well as brain injured or mentally handicapped patients vary from 18 years of age and up.
The average nurse/patient ratio at a Hosp. is 1:6. The current ratios at SNF's is simply too high to attain the highest practicable physical, mental or psychosocial well-being these patients deserve.