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1,000 Nurses Call on Congress to Act Now on Patient Safety

Gathering Highlights Growth of National Nurses Movement

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More than 1,000 registered nurses from across the country rallied in Washington DC Wednesday, raising an unprecedented, unified voice for patient safety reforms and new, national standards for patient care conditions and standards for nurses.

The event was sponsored by the nation’s largest nurses’ union and professional association, the 155,000-member National Nurses United, which came to Washington to press the case for quality of care legislation that was not part of the national healthcare bill enacted earlier this year, and to build on the unity of RNs who are NNU members from coast to coast.

In addition to a march, rally, and conference, the RNs visited nearly 100 members of Congress, prodding legislators to work on the unfinished business of healthcare reform, quality of care and patient safety. The actions coincided with National Nurses Week.

"We’ve got to say something in a united way that tells employers it’s a new day in America and RNs are going to stand up and not take it anymore," NNU Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro said.

The RNs unanimously endorsed a resolution to establish national collective bargaining standards that notes the growing attack by many hospital employers against nurses and patient safety conditions.

In addition to D.C. events, thousands of other RN heroes who were unable to attend, made phone calls to congress echoing the unified voice of national RNs standing up for their patients and their profession.
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