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Rally for nurses to take place in D.C. on May 12

May 6, 2016

The below press release is republished here from the event organizers.

Washington – On May 12, 2016 a rally event organized by grassroots nursing organizations will be held in Washington to raise awareness for proposed safe staffing legislation.

The event will be held by Nurses for National Patient Ratios; A Voice For Nurses Now; and Show Me Your Stethoscope (SMYS), a health care advocacy group based in St. Louis. It is supported by Illinois Nurses Association and HireNurses.com, of Boston. The rally is to support S. 864 (National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act) and H.R. 1602 (Nurse Staffing Standards for Patient Safety and Quality Care Act). The proposed bills would establish federally mandated requirements for nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in acute care hospitals. This would regulate the maximum number of patients nurses would be allowed to care for during a given shift. Nursing assignments would not be allowed to exceed the proposed ratio.

Current speakers scheduled to appear at the event include Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky Illinois 9th District, who instroduced  H.R. 1602; and sponsor of H.R 1602 Congresswoman Joyce Beatty Ohio 3rd Congressional District; Andrew Lopez, RN, CEO of NurseFriendly; author Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH, executive director of The Truth About Nursing; and Janie Garner, RN, founder and executive director of SMYS, Kelsey Rowell, RN, founder of YourHeatIsMine, and Caroline Porter Thomas, RN, founder of EmpoweRN inc. and author.   

The event will take place at the corner of First St. NE and Constitution Ave, permit area 9 between 8am-4pm. Suggested attire for attendees includes scrubs, a stethoscope, and an event-centered t-shirt. T-shirts will be available through Bonfire.com.
 Individual state rallies promoting staffing ratios will also be held at their respective state capitols on the same day.
Health care workers of all practice levels, students in professional health care programs, faculty, and interested members of the public are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Pam Stogner-Barcomb at pamelajs@email.sc.edu or https://www.facebook.com/groups/1528010070852117/ for more details.