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Hundreds of Texas Registered Nurses March on Capitol Thursday to Demand Lifesaving Patient Safety Improvements
Date:11/12/2008

Nurses Cheer Introduction of 'Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act of

2009' to Combat Unsafe Patient Care and Unsafe Nursing Assignments

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of registered nurses from nearly every city in Texas will march to and rally at the state Capitol this Thursday in support of the "Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act of 2009," which will save the lives of untold numbers of Texans by cracking down on unsafe practices in today's hospitals. The nurses will be addressed by legislators, healthcare experts, and activists.

The Act would significantly improve patient care by mandating safe nurse- to-patient ratios, which will end the dangerous practice of assigning nurses more patients than they can safely care for, and by providing nurses with strong patient advocacy and whistle-blower protections.

WHAT: Texas RNs Rally for Patient Safety

WHERE: South Steps of Texas State Capitol-will march up Congress

WHEN: Thursday, November 13th 10:45 a.m.

The nurses are members of Texas' RN union, National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas, part of the national movement for direct-care RNs, composed of more than 80,000 RNs in all 50 states across the country. NNOC-Texas recently won an election at Cypress-Fairbanks Medical Center in Houston, the first private-sector hospital to be unionized in the state.

The Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act of 2009 gives nurses the legal protections and support to provide patients with the care they deserve. As the patient population grows sicker, and their treatments grow more complicated, safety protections for hospital patients becomes more urgent.

The Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act would:

-- Set minimum RN-to-patient staffing ratios

-- Assure RNs the legal guarantee to serve as patient advocates

-- Establish real whistle-blower protections for RNs who expose unsafe

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SOURCE National Nurses Organizing Committee
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