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Jan 23 9 tweets 6 min read
This is the NYT piece in which #AHA & #AONL is referencing. As I’ve said, I’m a fan of Robyn Begley she is truly committed to #nursing. But their response is wrong.… @WeNurses #NurseTwitter #ANursesVoice
I know the controversy of this piece seems to be on nurse to patient ratios (which lets be honest have worked well in CA, with the highest patient outcomes in the country in healthcare), but let’s not miss what was said: Today there are MORE NURSES in the US than ever in HISTORY!
Over 5 million to be exact - and only a little more 3 Million of them are practicing today. Why?!? The environments in which nurses are working are unsafe, understaffed & place so much risk on the license of a nurse - that nurses are choosing to no longer work in healthcare.
Honestly, can you blame them?!? Heck I don’t practice at the bedside (& I loved nursing) today because I’m worried I could make a mistake due to understaffing that could kill someone & risk losing all I love in this world. @ANANursingWorld @ICNurses
They are now criminally charging nurses for mistakes being made on the job due to short staffing. So maybe the @nytimes didn’t get it all right, but they got closer than anyone & we should ALL stand with #nurses. @LindaAiken_Penn @MomRobe @RobinCogan @BGlickstein @shesinscrubs
To criticism of looking into who these nurses are: I spent a significant amount of time researching who were the nurses in this video, each one of them works actively at the bedside - some are in unions, others are not, but they took great risk in speaking out.@artayyeb @TaofikiG
Across nursing history our profession has often made the mistake to divide nurses among each other - often preventing us as a profession from being able to make real change when the opportunity presents itself for nurses to truly have a seat at the table & elevate our profession.
I hope we dont make that same mistake now, it would be brilliant if nurses aligned here to recognize there is much truth in what was said in the NYT article and we must address what is being said. @jkerridgeDNP @TheBlondeRN
For all of us nurses in exectutive roles in healthcare to ignore the frontlines would be cutting off our noses to spite our face. Let us convene a conversation & truly elevate our entire profession by showing it is nurses who can solve this problem when we come together to do so.

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