I wish you could walk in my shoes for a day.
How they cry with a family at the birth of their first born and hold the hand of an elderly women as she breaths her last breath.
They are there when the young father asks, "what do I do now?" after a young mother dies in a car crash or from cancer.
They reach out to each other for hugs of support and then go home exhausted and hug their own children and spouse, fully understanding how precious life is and how important a role they play in it.
Being a nurse or other health care worker is not means to make a living, it is a way to live a life. A life dedicated to the service of others.
I am passionate about the nurses I represent because I walk in their shoes. I hug and cry with my 20 something year old colleagues after they have worked for hours to resuscitate a newborn and have failed. I pray they have the strength to recover and continue in a vocation that is, for them and those like them,
I am passionate about the care of our patients and passionate about the health of our community hospitals, because after 20 years in the emergency department, these are my patients and my community hospital.
There is nothing more essential to a nurse's ability to fulfill her mission than the ability to freely advocate for her patients.
This bill would protect that ability to advocate by requiring any for profit corporation to commit to maintaining certain staffing levels and collective bargaining requirements and this would protect our patients and our community hospitals.
Please help me help them.
Please protect our patients and our community hospitals.
Please support SB460
Thank you and I am at your service to help in any way I can.