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On May 15th, 2014 Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon introduced The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act (H.R. 1821/S. 2353) in the U.S. Senate. Nurse staffing and patient outcomes are inextricably linked. It is for this reason that safe nurse staffing is non-negotiable. Optimal nurse staffing takes into account the multi-factorial nature of providing patient care in a complex environment, and supports the nurse in the delivery of ethical, quality care, at every practice level and in all setting. ANA applauds the Senator for introducing this important legislation (H.R. 1821/S. 2353) that holds hospitals accountable for developing and implementing unit-by-unit nurse staffing plans, created in coordination with direct care RNs, and based on each unit’s unique circumstances and changing needs.

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ANA Prepares for Lobby Day

Three hundred nurses and student nurses from across the country prepare to make the trip to Washington, D.C. for the American Nurses Associations (ANA) annual Lobby Day June 12th. The day will begin at 8:00am with a breakfast briefing during which, there will be a review of the important issues facing the nursing industry and an update on ANA legislation pending before Congress. The issues to be addressed during this year’s Lobby Day include Safe Staffing, Safe Patient Handling, Home Health & Durable Medical Equipment. Participants will be briefed on key talking points and strategies for effective communication with Representatives.

With everyone gathered at the Washington Hilton, Jefferson Room for the briefing, ANA will present two awards -- Congressional Advocate of the Year and Nurse Advocate of the Year. We will honor deserving advocates from the Hill and from the field to show appreciation for their selfless efforts to advance nursing legislation.

Following the breakfast briefing, Lobby Day participants will prepare for their day on Capitol Hill by meeting with their state delegations.
Can’t make it to Washington? You can still participate in our Virtual Lobby Day. Learn more >>