Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Why NursesTakeDC 2018? Theresa Ward Puckett, @ExcuseSickNurses, Ohio Nurse Advocates

Why NursesTakeDC 2018? Theresa Ward Puckett, @ExcuseSickNurses, Ohio Nurse Advocates
https://www.facebook.com/groups/918648174982947/

        I’ve been a nurse for over 18 years and a nurse educator for over 15 years. During my career, my enthusiasm and enjoyment of the profession has ebbed and flowed. When I first started teaching, I couldn’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to be a nurse. Now, I worry that not enough nurses will be attracted to or retained in the profession. I look at my bright, motivated undergraduate students and wonder if they really know what they’re up against as they launch into their first job (they don’t). I also wonder if they will care about the profession and the patients enough to continue the fight for workplace safety.

        This year has been the most trying year of my career. I contracted the flu around the holidays and was sick for three weeks. During this time, I was fired from a PRN job that I loved because I missed three shifts. Even though I had doctor’s notes covering the days of my absence, I was fired per the hospital’s “No Fault” attendance policy. The hospital management that I had worked so hard to please texted me the news of my firing. I felt betrayed and like a fool for working extra shifts and leaving my family to cover holiday shifts that were above and beyond my obligation as a PRN nurse. I stood by them in their time of need, but they didn’t stand by me in mine.

        The second slap in the face came from co-workers at that same job. These were people who I considered my “work family”. We socialized outside of work and celebrated each other’s special days. Several of them had just attended my wedding four months prior to the firing. A few months after my firing, I had only heard from one person. Losing their support because I was fired when sick felt like a betrayal. Aren’t nurses supposed to stand together in times of need?

         The final event that rocked my sense of normalcy, security, and peer acceptance was being told that I was not invited back to teach at Kent State University next fall. The university and the hospital from which I was fired have close clinical ties. I’ll never forget the look of disgust thrown my way by the Dean of nursing after my story broke on CNN. Why wasn’t I being congratulated for speaking up?

        In walks Andrew Lopez, Show Me Your Stethoscope, and Nurses Take DC. When I learned about Nurses Take DC, I hoped that attending the event would bring me in contact with people who were like-minded and not embarrassed for me for what I did. I knew that I would be surrounded by people who are concerned about workplace issues that are ultimately patient safety issues, such as safe staffing and workplace violence, but would they see my issue as being just as important of a safety issue?

        Nurse Take DC. What did the experience mean to me? It meant being accepted. It meant having nurses who recognized me approach me with a thank you. Above all, it was validating. It validated that I did the right thing. It validated that my speaking out did not ruin my career, but took my career in a different, more important direction. It gave me hope that together, we can make changes. Below is a photo of myself standing at the Nurses Take DC rally. See all of those people standing with me? They are my new nursing community. They don’t just punch in and out of their shift and complain in the locker room. They do. They act. I couldn’t be more excited to be on this journey of patient safety together.

   



NursesTakeDC 2018 details here:
https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html



Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive 
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Emily Cardwell, MSN, RN, @kynurse4change #NursesTakeDC #NurseUp #NursesUnite #NationofNurses

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Emily Cardwell, MSN, RN, @kynurse4change

I’d say that “NursesTakeDC not just for the nurses of today, but for the day we will be patients. We are on the front line and see the shortcomings from lost due to under staffing, but it is the patients who suffer the most immediate ramifications. Those are friends, family, and eventually, each and every one of us.” Is that what you meant?

I often think the single biggest mistake nurses make is forgetting that they too will need the care they provide others, and not acting aggressively to force change to protect patients and staff until they fall victim to the understaffed system that has put nursing care on the chopping block.

It bothers me to see such wonderful, empathetic, educated professionals not consider what they would do if it were them in the bed tomorrow. Would they go to their own facility? Or would they fear for their safety? If the answer is the latter, then they need to advocate now.

I’ve been sick for years, and I know I won’t live long enough to see a total overhaul of healthcare. But I’d love to see nurses take back power over healthcare.


Emily Cardwell, MSN, RN @kynurse4change

NursesTakeDC 2018 details here:
https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html






Sincerely,

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com


Monday, March 26, 2018

Why NursesTakeDC 2018? Shelly Fink, RN #NursesTakeDC #NurseUp #NursesUnite #NationofNurses

Why NursesTakeDC 2018? Shelly Fink, RN

Nursing friends!!

I just booked my hotel room for this event.  If anyone is able to attend, or is interested, please check out the event page.  
https://www.facebook.com/events/695907173929749/?ti=as

Professionally, safe staffing ratios has not effected me.  I currently work with an amazing team model that flows well.  In my critical care years, it was always 1:2, sometimes 1:1.  But many of my colleagues who work other facilities struggle with this issue daily.  

For every patient added on to a nurses assignment, the risks of one of them dying goes up exponentially.  I don't rally as a nurse to make my job better, personally my job rocks!  I rally because I'm a daughter, a mother, a wife, a friend, and sometimes a patient, who understands why this is so important.  

This is not a partisan rally, not a Republican vs Democrat thing. This is standing up for our profession and our patients to all who will listen.  

Consider joining me.  Get involved!




NursesTakeDC 2018 details here: https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html





Sincerely,

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Janet Michaelis RN, @jgmichaelis #NursesUnite #NurseUp


Why #NursesTakeDC, Janet Michaelis RN?

An obvious fact: CARING THOROUGHLY FOR PATIENTS TAKES TIME, yet bedside nurses are too often saddled with impossible workloads we're expected to perform to perfection, while being pushed to push the patients out ASAP. So-called “quality standards” reward "throughput" over thoroughness, demeaning and endangering staff and patients alike.

Meanwhile legacy professional  organizations, like the ANA, have spent decades equivocating about the subject of mandatory staffing, allowing cruel and dangerous  practices to persist and fester like chronic wounds. 

Instead of listening to professional lobbyists, it’s time that legislators hear from us directly for a change!

NursesTakeDC 2018 details here: https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html





Sincerely,

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com

Monday, March 5, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Angela Kokopelytio, BS(N), RN, Silent No More Foundation, @silentnomorefnd


Why "#NursesTakeDC"? Because I have had the experience of knowing that just one more nurse could have been the difference between life and death for a patient. The level of fear that goes through a nurse when they know how fragile that situation is is horrible. We should never be put in this position. A patient needs more and better than that. 

#NursesTakeDC because we've trusted and hoped for our employers to do the right thing, and they've intentionally gotten it wrong, erroneously believing this saves money. 

#NursesTakeDC because we should never be faced with these terrifying situations. Patients shouldn't die because we are chronically short staffed.

One of the number one causes of healthcare worker directed violence is long wait times. A person becomes frustrated, then escalates to the point of physically assaulting staff. The longer the assault is able to continue, the worse the damage is. 

#NursesTakeDC because we've been silent about this since the dawn of time. The overwhelming majority of healthcare workers have experienced healthcare workplace violence. We are the most likely of any industry to be assaulted. 

#NursesTakeDC because we didn't take these jobs expecting to be assaulted. 

#NursesTakeDC because just one more nurse could mean the difference between life and death in situations of healthcare workplace violence. 

#NursesTakeDC because if we are assaulted, that assault will continue until someone else comes to help. 

#NursesTakeDC because we will be #SilentNoMore about the assaults we receive when we lack support to prevent them.

#NursesTakeDC because we want to safely return home after our shifts, without harming our patients from being stretched too thinly. #SilentNoMore

NursesTakeDC 2018 details here: https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html


Angela at the Illinois Show Me Your Stethoscope, #STAMP rally.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Jose Angel Torres, NP, RN @TheKnittedBrow #NurseUp #NationofNurses


(1) Nurses Take DC as members of a time-honored profession and patient advocates responsible to care for the sick, promote health, prevent illness and injury and maintain levels of health for others.

(2) Nurses Take DC because it is our responsibility and NO one else's to cultivate our profession and steer it in the right direction while placing patients' reasonable concerns ahead of our personal convenience, pleasure, profit, and safety without bias, stereotype or compromising the contributions of other healthcare workers.

(3) Nurses Take DC because healthcare is a time-honored profession genuinely dedicated to helping others and OBLIGATED with saving lives and stomping out disease. Despite that heritage and DUTY healthcare has been cheapened, by any means necessary and at the COST and LOSS of so much, into just another customer-driven service.

(4) Nurses Take DC because healthcare is like no other industry, NONE! and…
-the only industry with patients
-the only industry with OUR waiting room
-the only industry in which services are sought during some of the worse moments of our lives and during inconvenient times, for uncertain, unpredictable and volatile choices in places that are unknown, unpleasant and unforgiving
-the only industry where regardless of disposable income or time services are sought after and rendered
-the only industry whose workers maintain the public's confidence year after year as the public has recognizes us as the most honest profession and with the greatest ethical standard of any industry
-most notable, healthcare is the only industry where workers go to battle for every patient and if those patients succumbs-we cry for them as well.

(5) Nurses Take DC because picking your battles is a position of convenience, as anyone who has fought any battle will tell you how inconvenient that is and it is that inconvenience and sacrifice which gives worth to the battle.

(6) Nurses Take DC because "[t]he difference between a moment and a movement is SACRIFICE!" [Joe Madison]

(7) Nurses Take DC because the time for small thinking and simply taking part is LONG past. To take healthcare back and MAKE HEALTHCARE GREAT AGAIN it is time to take OVER! ANYTHING short of that is nibbling at the edges of the status quo that has been going on in healthcare for 30+ years and accomplished NOTHING!

(8) Nurses Take DC because "Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change" [Robert F. Kennedy].

NursesTakeDC 2018 details here: https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html



Jose Angel Torres at #NursesTakeDC 2017




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Sincerely,

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Debbie Hickman, Travel ICU RN, 2017 Rally Speaker #NurseUp #NationofNurses

YOUR JOB ISN’T SAFE. YOUR PATIENTS AREN’T SAFE
What is it going to take for us all to band together...
stand up together...
Make these changes happen!

How would you feel if your patient died and you could have prevented it?
Are you working in an environment that is detrimental to patients? Where they aren’t receiving the proper care? Where the care is bare minimum? Do you leave work feeling like you failed your patients and didn’t give them the care they deserve?

Don’t wait for someone else to stand up or speak out. Let me say that again. Don’t wait for someone else to do what you know needs to be done.

This must stop now. We need to stand together and say No More! We have power and strength in numbers. Harm comes to patients everyday from understaffing, too high acuity, too few inexperienced nurses and nurses working that are burned out from years of being overworked.

Your patients are your responsibility. They trust in you and are counting on you to take care of them. We are the most trusted profession for a reason! Be proactive. Stand up for your patients (present and future). 

If your patient dies on your watch and you could have done something preemptively to stop it and you didn’t. Can you live with that?

Stop letting fear hold you back.
Debbie Hickman, Travel ICU RN


NursesTakeDC 2018 details here: https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html



Debbie Speaking & #NursesTakeDC 2017




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Sincerely,

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com



Sunday, February 11, 2018

Why NursesTakeDC 2018? Charlene Harrod-Owuamana, LPN, HBOT, Rally Speaker #NursesUnite #NationofNurses #NurseUp


My "Why" if not, DC, then where?  Safe patient care is my concern; families and love ones depend on me, as well as I depend on my knowledge.  I took the Nursing Oath - to care for my patients.  

My “Why” if not, DC then where?  Let take it to “THE LAW MAKERS.”  We must advocate harder for ourselves; as we advocate for those we care for and depend on your loving hands...

NursesTakeDC 2018 details here:
https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html


More quotes needed, please contact us to submit, info@nursefriendly.com or IM Andrew Lopez, RN on Facebook.



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Sincerely,

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Jeannette Hand, RN-BC @JHandRN #NationofNurses #NursesUnite #NurseUp


Why do I participate in #NursesTakeDC?  I do it for my patients!  I work in long term care and rehab where patient loads depending on shift and facility can be as many as 60 patients for one nurse!  This is beyond stupendous!  

While I work day shift, and am not burdened with that many patients, I need to support those nurses that do.  On day shift, I have had 20+ patients.  Actually, when I worked solely long term care, I was expected to care for 30 patients!  

Nurses in hospitals and Nursing homes need to have mandated a  maximum number of patients they can care for.  It is a matter of patient safety and quite frankly a matter of patient dignity!  That is why I have participated and will continue to participate in #NursesTakeDC!


NursesTakeDC 2018 details here: 
https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html




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Sincerely,

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC @nursekeith, #NurseUp #NursesUnite

Why Nurses Take DC? As a career coach for nurses, I have my ear to the rails of the nursing profession and the healthcare system at large. There are many pressures and challenges facing 21st-century nursing professionals, and my personal mission is to elevate the profession and provide nurses with the inspiration, self-confidence, and knowledge they need to succeed in a shifting healthcare landscape.

I accept every opportunity to address nurses en masse or individually so that I can offer wisdom that will keep them moving forward in their lives and careers. If we can motivate nurses to be politically active and aware of the forces impacting their careers and their workplaces, we can increase the power of our individual and collective voices.

Nurses are the most trusted professionals in the United States, and we can leverage that trust in terms of exerting our influence on the legislative agenda around the country and in Washington, DC.

NursesTakeDC 2018 details here: 
https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html



Keith Carlson is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. Keith’s two podcasts, RNFM Radio and The Nurse Keith Show, offer inspiration and practical support to nurses seeking to create meaningful, satisfying lives and careers. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram---as well as at NurseKeith.com


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Sincerely,

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Sarah Brennan Mott, RN, @NurseBorn, Nurse Inventor, Nursing Entrepreneur

"Nurses Take DC to keep patients safe from harm related to nursing staff being spread too thin, to help reduce medical errors and protect other nurses from burnout.  We want to take care of our patients and have the time to provide them with the care that they deserve."
Sarah Brennan Mott, RN

NursesTakeDC 2018 details here: 
https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html


Sarah Mott is a Registered Nurse, Inventor of the Koala~Qlip Stethoscope Holder and Founder of Nurse Born Products an online store that carries products developed by Nurses.  Sarah is a supporter of SMYS and attended Nurses Take DC in 2017.  Sarah and her company Nurse Born Products will have a table at the SMYS Nurse Networking event on April 25 and then on April 26 she will rally at the Capitol with other nurses and concerned citizens from across the country for safe staffing ratios.http://www.NurseBorn.com



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Sincerely,

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com

Monday, January 29, 2018

#NursesTakeDC, Agenda For April 25 & @6, 2018, Washington, DC #NursesUnite #NurseUp

They say "If you build it, they will come."

Well we have built it so you better gather all your friends and neighbors and get to NursesTakeDC. April 25 & 26 2018

Hotel rooms blocked, permits secured, speakers secured, educative opportunities available. 

PLEASE SHARE!!!

All information: www.nursestakedc.com
#NursesTakeDC #NursesUnite




Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Julie Godby-Murray, RN @opeiu459nurses Rally Speaker


"I used to talk to young people who didn’t know what direction they should take in a career. I would always say “Have you ever thought about being a nurse?” Now I don’t want to encourage anyone to go into nursing as I see the discouragement on so many nurses faces  now.

How can I tell them that it is fulfilling to help people through the healing process when the consistent short staffing doesn’t allow them to care for patients in a safe way. I will now protest, march, contact legislators until we can get safe staffing legislation passed for everyone.

I believe we are the ones that have to make this happen. As a strong union activist I have seen how nurses can stand together in solidarity and make it happen. I support the SMYS movement as it is a grassroots movement that has been able to bring nurses together. See you in DC!"

NursesTakeDC 2018 details here: https://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html


Julie has been in working in healthcare for over 40 years. She actively promotes her Union OPEIU who support nurse patient ratios as the Vice Chair of the OPEIU International Nurses Council and as Chief Steward for Local459 Nurses In Lansing Mi. She also is a member of a Nurses Honor Guard that pays tribute to nurses at the time of their death.

Julie Godby-Murray on Facebook:
https://m.facebook.com/opeiu.local459nurses/

Nurses Honor Guard
https://m.facebook.com/nurseshonorguard/

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Sincerely,

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Pamela Sue Robbins, MSN, RN, Past President Illinois Nurses Association

"NursesTakeDC2018 is an opportunity for nurses to share successful strategies, tools and messaging to educate federal legislators on the value nurses bring to improving the public's health.  Join us in DC April 25 and 26 and be a change agent on the trajectory of healthcare reform by educating legislators that adequate numbers of nurses caring for patients saves lives."

Pamela Sue Robbins, MSN, RN, Past President Illinois Nurses Association




Biography source: http://smysofficial.com/about-us/our-leadership/

"Pam graduated from Saint Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1978. She has worked as a staff nurse in the PACU acute care and ambulatory setting for many years.  As a member of her professional state nursing organization, Pam served as a collective bargaining unit chair developing contract language. Pam was elected serving on the state professional nursing association Board, eventually elected Illinois Nurses Association President and has been deeply involved in Government Relations, fashioning and lobbying legislation for almost two decades.  Pam’s passion is awakening the professional nurse to their political power – enlightening them on the current legislation that will impact their nursing profession and the public’s health – and encourage them to become politically active as a nurse constituent advising their legislators on how to vote on health policy in Springfield. She received her BSN degree from the University of Saint Francis (USF) in 2007, and in 2013 graduated from USF with her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration.  Pam is adjunct professor Millikin University in Decatur teaching graduate nurse anesthetist students Health Policy and Politics. Pam served as an Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition Leadership (IHAC) sub-committee chair developed and presented with nationally recognized speakers the IHAC 2015 two-part series webinar Nurses to the Boardroom! In 2015, Pam was a consultant serving as a thought leader on two of the three workgroups for the national project, Value of Nursing. Three focused workgroups were developed around the key components: a clear definition of the value of nursing that can be shared with the healthcare industry and the public, development of a business case for the utilization of the RN and development of a licensing certification competency crosswalk for the inter-professional team."


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Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive 
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly
http://www.nursefriendly.com

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Doris Carroll BSN, RN-BC, CCRC @DorisCarrollRN: Nurses. This is our watershed moment.

"Nurses. This is our watershed moment. Yet, it’s more than that. It’s a grassroots movement to fight towards a common goal. 

You must make a decision. Do you want to be a part of history? Can you afford not to? This is an absolute truth. You have the power. Together we can fight to pass federal legislation to mandate nurse:patient ratios for patient and nurse safety. Remember. It’s your life. And your loved ones."



Doris speaking at #NursesTakeDC 2017






"Doris Carroll BSN, RN-BC, CCRC

Doris Carroll BSN, RN-BC, CCRC is an RN from the Midwest, with a background in OB/GYN, NIH clinical trials, Infectious Diseases, and Primary Care for Adults and Children. Doris started her career in Labor and Delivery, and left that position in the early 90’s to pursue a rare opportunity in the clinical research space. Doris says, “I left inpatient nursing in 1992 when I had the opportunity to work on the cutting edge of NIH research with pregnant women with HIV infection. I loved it, but it was very challenging. Many tears shed back then for our patients. Many died due to little treatment options in the early days of HIV infection. However, those women who enrolled in clinical trials were very brave. They took AZT vs. placebo in a double blind study, 5 times/day! Their participation led to nationwide benchmarks for the standard of care for the treatment of HIV infection in women and children.”


About ten years ago, Doris changed career paths again to the outpatient setting. Delivering nursing care between two services, Infectious Disease and Primary Care services for Adults and Children. Doris recounts, “I love the continuity this position provides in caring for my patients,” she says, “and the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.” She now is an Administrative Nurse for those clinics.
Published co-author for several articles, book chapter, and poster presentations throughout her 34 years in the nursing profession, Nurse and Patient advocacy has played a more important role in her career the last 4 years.
“I work nationally with a group of highly dedicated nurses with the same passion for patient safety. Similarly, I am now the Vice President of the Illinois Nurses Association, a Nurses’ Union, and a Vice President Affliate for Illinois AFL-CIO, as well as the Chief Co-Steward at my local hospital of 1200 nurses. I am grateful for the opportunities my nursing career has provided for me. I love what I do. My message to you…Stand up, Speak up, and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”
As a co-organizer for SMYS/Nurses Take DC since 2016, “I share my hopes and dreams with you now. You and I will need to continue the work of passing legislation for Nurse:Patient Ratios at the state and federal level, the only way to protect our patients, our loved ones…and nurses!”
Doris is also a single mother of teenagers. And cats. And one gecko. Enough said."


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Andrew Lopez, RN

Nursefriendly National Directories
38 Tattersall Drive 
West Deptford, New Jersey 08051
856-415-9617, Fax: 856-415-9618, info@nursefriendly.com, @nursefriendly

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Leslie Silket, BSN, RN, Rally Speaker @NursesChildren #NurseUp


"I take D.C because until we all have ratios the fight is not over. I am a California nurse and was part of the fight for ratios.  I do not take the right to have a safe assignment for granted. I know what It's like to have 10 Med/Surg patients and I know what it's like to have 4 or 5. We are stronger together. We will fight together."

Full #NursesTakeDC details here, http://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html

Leslie speaking at #NursesTakeDC 2017:



Leslie Silket BSN RN. An advocate and an activist. A Registered  Nurse (RN), she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from San Francisco State University in 1990. For the next 22 years she dedicated herself to improving patient care; both at the bedside and on the state and national level at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California, and in Washington D.C. As a member of the California Nurses Association, Leslie along with fellow nurses throughout California, fought successfully for nurse-to-patient ratios.





Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Deena Sowa McCollum BSN, RN, @dsowa_dsmcrn, Rally Speaker #NurseUp


"My Dad is my “why.”  He died in 2014 after multiple missed opportunities in healthcare.  For the first time in my 20+ year nursing career I was embarrassed to be in healthcare. I committed to going back to bedside nursing in the hospital setting and figuring out why so many errors happened to my Dad and I vowed I would make purpose of his pain and fight for change as long as I am physically able!"

Full #NursesTakeDC details here, http://4nursing.blogspot.com/2018/01/nursestakedc-safe-staffing-rally-april.html

Deena speaking at #NursesTakeDC 2017,


Deena Sowa McCollum is an RN in Texas.  Deena holds a BSN (1993) degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Her first 8 years as a Registered Nurse, Deena worked in the acute care setting as a bedside nurse/charge nurse on Medical, Surgical and Telemetry units. Deena spent the next 11 years in Leadership/Director roles. In 2014, Deena's Dad died as a result of multiple missed opportunities (errors) in healthcare.  After his death, Deena returned to bedside nursing to better understand what had changed over the past 11 years she was in leadership roles.  Quickly she realized the expectations placed on the bedside nurse are beyond unrealistic.  She knew in order to bring some purpose to her Dad's pain she needed to be part of the change that needed to occur in nursing.

Deena is a contributing writer for Nursecode.com, Sorryworks.com, guest speaker for HealthwatchUSA, Advocacy Heals You, Surviving Healthcare Today and Caregiving SOS.  Deena was one of three nurses who were the founders of the Nurses Take DC-Rally for Safe Staffing in May 2016.  Guest Speaker at 2017 Rally for Nurse to Patient Ratios And is part of the 2018 Rally planning committee.




Saturday, January 13, 2018

Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? My goal, mission is to give nurses a voice. Kate McLaughlin BSN, RN @NJSafeRatios


"My goal, mission is to give nurses a voice. Provide education so we can advocate for safe staffing and motivate our peers and elected officials to pass a bill. We've had a bill every senate season since 2002!"


Kate McLaughlin BSN, RN @NJSafeRatios: Founded NJ Safe Ratios to bring NJ nurses together to fight for patient safety. Safe staffing for Every Patient, Every Time! 


http://www.NJSafeRatios.com



2018 http://www.NursesTakeDC.com



Full Rally Details: Nurses Take DC, Safe Staffing Rally, April 25, 26, 2018
Dr. Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, www.GreatNurses.com ran the first nurses march with 35,000 in DC in 1995, and Show Me Your Stethoscope is continuing her work on April 26, 2018.

Laura will be speaking at #NursesTakeDC 2018, view her march video here!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHe6ERV9mQo
This will be the 3rd Annual Rally for Nurse:Patient Ratios!

Why should you go? Dr. Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio talks Safe Staffing with NJ Safe Ratios (Kate). If you want safe staffing we need nurses to unite.
Let's get every NJ nurse to unite. Tag your nurse peeps and share!
https://youtu.be/4IXT_-90Y9Y

A 2 day event, April 25 & 26, 2018: Main Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/695907173929749/

April 25, 2018 @ 4-8pm: Legislative Education Seminar. Hear from our nurse activists on health policy and how to become an effective change agent in healthcare. Walk away equipped with the tools to make change in your community and industry. Limited to first 250 registrants! Details to come!

April 26, 2018 @ 1030 am - 2:30 pm Rally at the U.S. Capitol Building followed by meeting with your legislators and staff! YOU MUST MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENTS, but don’t worry, we will make this as easy as possible! Try to plan appointment time around rally if possible. Details to come!

The purpose of the NursesTakeDC Rally is to support House Bill 2392 & Senate Bill 1063 Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act of 2017.

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 assigned to a nurse during a given shift. Nursing assignments would not exceed the proposed ratios. This legislation inherently has patient and nurse safety at the forefront.

NOW is the time to make appointments with your congressmen. We have tools to help assist you with this necessary task!
http://www.nursestakedc.com/legislative-information

Register here: http://www.nursestakedc.com/rally

Hotel Information: Blocked rooms and a discounted price. http://www.nursestakedc.com/hotel-information

Location: Permit Area 1, Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.


Main Rally Page: http://www.NursesTakeDC.com/
From the site:"Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Nurses, healthcare providers, and the scientific community understand that unsafe nurse-to-patient ratios contribute to increased morbidity and mortality for patients.

Unsafe staffing also creates unhealthy and unsafe environments for nurses to practice, and contributes to nurse burnout. As a result, our community is working to change the current care environment. #NursesTakeDC is a nurse-driven movement to make safe nurse to patient ratios a reality for all nurses in the United States. This year nurses will gather in Washington, DC for a National Rally to raise public awareness regarding the importance of safe nurse-to-patient ratios and to support pending legislation.

In the Fall of 2016 Medscape Nurses completed a survey that questioned working RN’s on their experiences and safe nurse staffing. The results of this study were recently published by Medscape titled What's Being Done About Nurse Staffing? According to Buppert (2017), “53% of nurse respondents said that at the end of a typical shift, they did not feel satisfied about the care they had provided. And 57% believe that patient care is suffering”. Log in for free to Medscape to read the complete article at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/877838_1

On May 4 & 5 2017 Medscape Nurses traveled to Washington DC to see the outcome of the Rally. To view their perspective of the event, log into Medscape for free at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/880474 The piece titled Nurses Get Political to Address Unsafe Staffing may be viewed."

View #NursesTakeDC 2017 rally videos here.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYp0EZSWDx3HOWVdfZa496r-vudYZUG_y

The issue is "Nurse Patient Ratios Now!" We are backing legislation to make California Style nursing ratios national. Something the American Nurses Association, American Hospital Association is dead set against.

Will be posting updates and activities leading up to the rally, if you'd like to attend or get involved, do contact us or visit:

Main Rally Forum:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1528010070852117/

#SMYS For Change (Show Me Your Stethoscope)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/609085302563442/

Andrew Lopez, RN
Nursefriendly, Inc.
38 Tattersall Drive, Mantua, NJ 08051
856-415-9617, info@nursefriendly.com