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For Immediate Release

Charles Idelson, 510-273-2246 or
Shum Preston 510-273-2276

Hundreds of Nurses Mark New "Nursing Super Union"

MAY 13: National RN Day of Action


In an unprecedented event marking the beginning of a
cohesive, national movement of registered nurses, hundreds of
nurses from across America will march and rally in Washington
D.C. May 13 in an RN day of action. The focus for the event,
which coincides with National Nurses Week, is on the national
nurses' legislative agenda, especially the critical patient
safety reforms that are a key component of efforts to reform the
healthcare system and cure our national healthcare crisis.

When: Wednesday, May 13

Event Schedule
Conference on RN Ratios,
Rights and Representation:
9 a.m. - 12 noon, Washington
Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave NW

March and Rally on RN Ratios and Guaranteed
March 12:15 p.m. from Washington Court
Rally 12:30 - 2 p.m., Upper Senate Park, Washington

RN Lobby Day: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Capitol

Participating sponsors include:
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing
Committee, United American Nurses, Massachusetts Nurses
Association, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied
Professionals, New York State Nurses Association, Service
Employees International Union Nurse Alliance

A centerpiece of the day of action is the introduction of new
federal legislation, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, to
guarantee a safe ratio of nurses to patients in American

That bill, modeled on California's safe RN-to-patient ratio
law, would end the common hospital industry practice of
overloading RNs with too many patients, thereby depriving
patients of adequate nursing care, a practice which prematurely
ends the life of tens of thousands of American patients each

RNs will proceed from a morning conference to a midday march
and rally, which will also include an emphasis on the need for
comprehensive healthcare reform, as in a single standard of
quality care for all, and then to Capitol Hill to advocate for
the Boxer bill, and for their larger legislative agenda, which
brings together quality of care, nurse protection, and
healthcare access concerns.

National Nurses United, with close to 185,000 members in every state, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in US history.

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