For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Webber, 518.782.9400, ext. 223
ALBANY, April 21, 2009 - Approximately 2,000 registered nurses and nursing students came to the State Capitol on Tuesday, April 21, for the annual Lobby Day sponsored by the New York State Nurses Association.
They spent the afternoon visiting their legislators and promoting several key pieces of legislation that will help promote patient safety and prevent an attrition of nurses that has created a prolonged shortage of nurses in New York State.
Top priorities on the nurses’ legislative agenda include:
“We were excited by today’s turnout and encouraged by the response we received from legislators,” said Patricia Kane, RN, chair of the Nurses Association Council on Legislation. “Nurses recognize that, as the voice for patients in the healthcare system, they have a responsibility to promote legislation that will improve quality of care for everyone.”The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 36,000 members, it is the state's largest union and professional association for registered nurses. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.