Wednesday, January 3, 2018

#NursesTakeDC, Safe Staffing Rally, April 25, 26, 2018

Original Facebook post with photo album:

Dr. Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, 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!

This will be the 3rd Annual Rally for Nurse:Patient Ratios!

A 2 day event, April 25 & 26, 2018: Main Event page:

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!

Register here:

Hotel Information: Blocked rooms and a discounted price.

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

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!

Main Rally Page:
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

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 The piece titled Nurses Get Political to Address Unsafe Staffing may be viewed."

View #NursesTakeDC 2017 rally videos here.

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:

#SMYS For Change (Show Me Your Stethoscope)
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