Rally and press conference to take place on the last day of National Nurses Week
WHAT: Nurses in Ohio and across the country are rallying to bring light to issues plaguing the profession, and consequently, causing 40% to consider leaving the profession during the last day of National Nurses Week. Over 300 Ohio nurses have committed their attendance at a rally at the Ohio Statehouse to tell lawmakers and healthcare administrators: the time is now to fix the nurse staffing crisis. Nurses need solutions to safe staffing, workplace violence and recruiting and retaining good nurses at the bedside.
“Nurses and healthcare professionals have had enough. For decades, healthcare systems have put profits above all else, which contributes to jeopardized patient care and unsustainable work environments. The pandemic has only magnified these issues. We are speaking out because it is time the decision makers start trusting the most trusted profession. We must come together to create meaningful solutions now. Ohio lives depend on it,” stated Ashley Lantto, RN, event organizer.
“We are at a crisis point. Ohio was on track to have a surplus of nurses by 2030, but the past two years have caused nurses to say enough is enough. Nurses are tired of being abused and fed up with unsafe staffing that can negatively affect their patients. Since January 2021 alone, nearly 3,000 documented cases of nurses objecting to unsafe situations were filed by nurses with the Ohio State University Nurses Organization. It’s time that lawmakers enact common sense legislation that guarantees the safety of nurses and patients because we can’t rely on healthcare administrators to do the right thing,” stated Robert Weitzel, Ohio Nurses Association president.
WHEN: Thursday, May 12th
Rally: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Press Conference: 11:00am featuring workplace violence legislation sponsor, Representative
Casey Weinstein, and House Minority Leader Allison Russo. See agenda for full list of speakers.
WHERE: Ohio Statehouse, West Lawn