Beginning Monday, May 5, the American Nurses Association asks all nurses to call, Email, or FAX their Senators and Representatives and encourage them to honor nurses during Nurses Week (May 6-12) by co-sponsoring the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2007 (S.73/H.R.4138). The bill was introduced in the Senate by Daniel Inoye (D-HI) and in the House by Lois Capps (D-CA) and Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL). (Rep. Capps is an RN.)
According to the ANA, this bill would hold hospitals accountable to establish "valid, reliable, unit-level nurse staffing plans." The plans would be developed by direct-care RNs and would be based on the unique needs and characteristics of the unit.
Encourage your patients to get involved and contact their legislators as well.
Do something for yourself, your colleagues and your patients this Nurses Week, and help make Safe Staffing a reality! Read ANA's Principles for Nurse Staffing at the Safe Staffing Website.