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Hundreds of Nurses, Care Givers and Supporters to Gather at the Capitol in Harrisburg on May 10 to Call for Staffing Legislation

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016

Healthcare professionals call for safer staffing in PA Hospitals through passage of the Hospital Nursing Staff Report Card Act

HARRISBURG, PA – Hundreds of nurses and other caregivers will join supporters on Tuesday, May 10, at 1 p.m. to fill the Capitol Rotunda and make a public call for legislation aimed at improving staffing levels and delivery of care in Pennsylvania’s hospitals.

Healthcare professionals are calling for legislators to pass Senate Bill 1081, the Hospital Nursing Staff Report Card Act. SB 1081 would create a public reporting system for nurse staffing in hospitals and other acute care facilities aimed at improving patient safety and giving patients and their families the information they need to make important choices when it comes to potentially life-saving medical care.

This day of action is being coordinated by a coalition of nursing and healthcare organizations led by the Nurse Alliance of SEIU Pennsylvania, part of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, the state’s largest healthcare union.

Nurses and caregivers will be joined by State Senator Wayne Fontana, main sponsor of SB1081, and State Representative Mauree Gingrich, member of the House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee.

WHAT: Hundreds of nurses and other caregivers, supporters, legislators rally for staffing legislation.

WHERE: Upper Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg                                            

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 1 PM                                                                         

*Nurses and other participating caregivers will be available for interview and comment.*

For more information, contact James Myers at james.myers@seiuhcpa.org or at 215-479-2213.

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The Nurse Alliance of Pennsylvania is an affiliate of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, uniting nurses across Pennsylvania in our commitment to provide the safest and highest quality of care for our patients and the public we serve. The Nurse Alliance was created as a forum for nurses to network and discuss ways to meet the challenges we face regarding our licenses and practice. Our mission is to unite nurses across the state to work for our common goals of universal health care, the highest standards of patient care and safety, respect for our profession, and dignity for our patients and their families.

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is the state’s largest and fastest-growing union of health care workers, representing 25,000 nurses, technicians, nursing assistants, and support staff in hospitals, nursing homes and public institutions across the Commonwealth. SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is committed to improving the lives of health care workers and ensuring quality, affordable health care for all Pennsylvanians.

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