AAMC’s ED nurses advocate for staff and patients on Capitol Hill
Your voice can be heard in both big and small ways. As nurses, we advocate for our patients every day. This month, two of our ED nurses had the opportunity to advocate for their fellow nurses and their patients in a different way.
Pictured above, Karen MacPherson (left) and Holly Moreta attended the Emergency Nurses Association’s Day on the Hill. The first day of this two day event was spent learning about the bills they would be supporting and receiving training on how to present the information to the representatives and senators. On day two, they met with staffers from Senator Van Holland’s office, Representative Brown’s office and Representative Jamie Raskin.
Karen and Holly presented several bills to their representatives, including a bill both ED nurses are most passionate about — the Health Care Workplace Violence Prevention Act (H.R. 5223) — which works to prevent violence against health care workers. One third of ED nurses report considering leaving the profession due to workplace violence. Serious incidents of work place violence is four times more common for healthcare workers than all other workers in the US.
Other important legislation the nurses discussed were: Good Samaritan Act – providing liability protection for heath care professionals volunteering during disasters; Mission Zero – Improving the nation’s trauma system through training with the military whose survival rate is 98%; and the SOAR Act – training professionals in identifying victims of human trafficking.
Karen and Holly encourage all nurses to get involved in advocating on the national level. As the most respected professional year after year, nurses have a powerful voice!