Now is the time to stand with us to demand that nurses have a say in the decisions being made about our patients.
Nurses are standing up and telling our elected officials what it means to support nurses. We don’t need hollow statements of support or politicians making decisions about our patients without us. We need our #NursePlatform: The Nurse Plan for Pennsylvania’s Recovery.
We are in mourning. Every nurse knows that in Pennsylvania and across the country we have lost far too many patients, colleagues, friends, and neighbors to the pandemic. We lost them to the virus — but also to the inaction of elected leaders, the failed planning of healthcare executives, and the chronic deficiencies of our healthcare system.
Nurses did our jobs. It’s what nurses do. As frontline caregivers and patient advocates fighting COVID-19, we are proud of the work we’ve done to heal patients and to help keep people out of our hospitals. We’ll continue to be there for our patients and our communities. That’s what nurses do.
In this moment, being a nurse means guiding the PA recovery plan. We’re trained to advocate for our patients and residents and for the health of our communities. If you come to our facility, we want you — and us — to be safe and get well. But we’d prefer not to see you in our ICUs. That’s why, as the Commonwealth turns from flattening the curve to organizing life with COVID-19 and no reliable vaccine, we are raising our voices in the recovery. Nurses’ experience, knowledge, and courage should guide every aspect of planning. Nurses’ voices are more important than ever.
Nurses support a safe recovery, which must be guided by healthcare professionals on the frontlines of the pandemic. Nurses want businesses and day care centers re-opened. We want to schedule important elective surgeries, send our kids to school, and hug our friends and families. The sooner we can do these things safely, the better. But how and when we choose to do these things are literally matters of life and death, and we need to get it right.
It’s time to put patient and public health advocacy above partisan politics. Pennsylvania’s legislators cannot continue to plan a pandemic recovering while not only failing to seek out the advice of nurses but actually failing to accept our meeting invites or even return our calls.
Here’s how to do it right: The Nurse Plan for Pennsylvania’s Recovery. We expect any plan for Pennsylvanian’s recovery to be guided by nurses’ expertise. Along with other medical professionals, we are united in our demand that any plan to put Pennsylvania back to work be accompanied by our #NursePlatform: The Nurse Plan for Pennsylvania’s Recovery.
Learn more about The Nurse Plan for Pennsylvania's Recovery
Check out our 6 Step Guide to get Your elected official to support for our #NursePlatform
If you’re ready to take action here’s 3 things you can do next:
- Sign onto the #NursePlatform by sending an email asking your legislator to support it, and you will get added to our email and text updates on our work and how to get involved.
- Use our 6 Step Guide to Get Your Elected Official to Advocate with Us for our #NursePlatform as a resource and start advocating with your elected leaders to get their support for The Nurse Plan for Pennsylvania’s Recovery.
- Contribute to help fund our movement. We’ll never outspend the healthcare corporation lobbyists, but we don’t need to. We simply need enough resources to help make the voices of thousands of nurses louder than their money.
Why Nurses are Coming Together:
Breaking Point: Pennsylvania’s Patient Care Crisis
We surveyed 1,000 nurses who work in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care and more — from Scranton to Erie to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia — and the results show a clear crisis in patient care with nurses spending less time at the bedside, chronic understaffing, and high turnover.
About Nurses of Pennsylvania
Nurses of Pennsylvania is an organization of, by and for nurses focused on improving the beside care nurses provide. PA nurses work in cities and small towns, at large hospitals, in nursing homes and more – tied together by their commitment to their patients, their families and their communities. United for quality care, Nurses of Pennsylvania is focused on leading the state to a healthcare system that puts patients first.