'Heart Teams' of Nurses to Explain to Legislators and Public the Urgent
Need for HB 2041, The Arizona Patient Protection Act
Bill Guarantees Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios, Protects Nurse
PHOENIX, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Registered nurses from throughout Arizona will hold a major rally this Thursday, February 14 in a bid to improve the state's healthcare by passing a key patient safety bill. After the rally, they will form "Heart Teams" and lobby legislators to pass HB 2041, legislation that would make Arizona hospitals safer by guaranteeing safe nurse-to-patient ratios, protecting the right of nurses to act as whistle-blowers against unsafe conditions, and offering legal recognition of the professional and moral obligations of RNs to act as patient advocates, solely in the interests of their patients.
The RNs, members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee, will be
joined at their rally by Rep. Tom Prezelski, the sponsor of the
legislation, as well as other legislative cosponsors and Rebekah Friend,
the executive director of the Arizona AFL-CIO. The nurse "Heart Teams" will
tell legislators: "Don't break our hearts on Valentine's Day."
RNs Rally for Patient Safety
DATE: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008
TIME: 12 Noon Rally
PLACE: State Capitol Front Plaza Complex -- 17th Avenue b/w Adams &
Nurses across the state worked to introduce the bill amid increasing
alarm about the erosion of care conditions in Arizona hospitals --
conditions that put patients at risk and worsen the nursing shortage as
many RNs refuse to work in unsafe hospitals.
Among its major provisions, the Act:
-- Mandates minimum, specific RN-to-patient staffing ratios which are
widely seen by nurses and health care experts to be the most effective
standard for safer nursing care and for promoting th
|SOURCE National Nurses Organizing Committee|
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