My name’s Kimberlie, and I’ve been a nurse for over five years. I’m tired of meaningless statements about supporting nurses from politician and administrators every Nurses Week. Supporting nurses is more than throwing a pizza party. It is putting our patients first and supporting safe patient limits in PA.

This year, we’re changing that. This Nurses Week: Celebrating nurses means supporting safe patient limits.

I’m going to lay out our action-packed plans for Nurses Week for how we’re going to make that happen, and then I’ll ask you to RSVP for a conference call Wednesday at 7:30PM for important Nurses Week updates in the middle of all the action.

Today: We’re still collecting safe patient limits stories to deliver to legislators next week. Click here to comment on the Facebook post with yours.

Sunday: We’ll launch our own “This Nurses Week, Support Safe Patient Limits” Facebook profile frame, and ask you to use and share it.

Monday:

  • In the Capitol: A group of a dozen or so nurses will be delivering all the stories we’ve collected from across the state to legislators in the Capitol, and inviting them to our Nurse Listening Sessions.
  • Wherever you are: We’ll ask your help to call your State Senators to invite them to our Nurse Listening Sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday

Tuesday:

  • In the Capitol: We will hold a Nurse Listening Session in the East Wing Rotunda from 9am to 11:30am, and invite legislators to commemorate Nurses Week by coming to listen to nurses. Then we’ll ask for their support.
  • Wherever you are: We’ll ask your help to call your State Representatives to invite them to the Nurse Listening Sessions on Wednesday.

Wednesday:

  • In the Capitol:
    • First, we’re attending the Aging Committee hearing on nursing home staffing at 9:30AM. Strangely… they didn’t see fit to give the Nurses of PA time for official testimony at the nursing home hearing in Nurses Week, but we will deliver your stories to every member of the committee on their way in and out.
    • Second, we will hold a Nurse Listening Session in the Capitol Rotunda from 12:30pm to 3pm, and invite legislators to commemorate Nurses Week by coming to listen to nurses. Then we’ll ask for their support.
  • Wherever you are: We’ll hold a statewide call to recap whatever happens and whatever we learn from the first half of the week, and then — since legislators will be in their home districts Thursday and Friday — we’ll share our plan and toolkit for every one of us to drop by the office of our local legislators to ask them to spend a few minutes in Nurses Week listening to nurses.

Thursday and Friday:

  • Wherever you are: We’re all going to stop by legislators’ office to share your safe patient limits story and to ask for their support for safe patient limits! [We’ll share a toolkit with materials and talking points soon]

So… you tell me, do you think this Nurses Week might be a little different? I think Nurses Week will be different because we have built up momentum for safe patient limits across the state and have shown legislators that they must listen to us. Here is our chance to share stories with them from all across the state which has never been done.

Don’t forget to click here now to RSVP for Wednesday’s call. We’ll have midweek updates from the actions in Harrisburg and around the state, and the game plan for what you can do in your district Thursday and Friday!

Sincerely,

Kimberlie Aldrich RN