This week, I met Theresa Puckett, the nurse you saw on CNN who was fired for staying home sick with the flu. I spoke to a nurse from Tennessee whose brother suffered brain damage directly related to understaffing when he was admitted to an overflow unit after a car accident. We spoke to Representatives and Senators, nursing leaders and hundreds and hundreds of nurses from Oregon to New Jersey. This all took place in Washington, DC to support the #nursestakesdc rally with allnurses.com and fellow speaker, Nurse Keith Carlson. We were there with national nurse leaders, Show Me Your Stethoscope (SYS), and Congressmen to support nurse-patient ratios and safe staffing. Your help is needed to prevent patient harm due to unsafe staffing. Here are 7 Things You Can Do To Support Safe Staffing 1. REPORT Unsafe Staffing Anonymously You are going to love this! For those of you that are not familiar with FlosWhistle.org: This is a new, anonymous reporting site for unsafe staffing issues. The information is recorded by zip code and shared on a heat map by congressional district. The QR code on the meme is scan-able and will take you directly to the site, or go to FlosWhistle.org. Without your reports this […]
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Did You Know?: The ten largest healthcare occupations represent 5.5 percent of national employment.
Forty-two percent of employment in healthcare occupations are related to nursing, including nursing assistants. Employment for registered nurses was nearly 2.7 million in May 2014, making it one of the largest occupations in the nation. The annual average wage for nurses was nearly $70,000. The top 10 percent of nurses earned $98,880 per year or more. Among the ten largest healthcare occupations, the top paying was physicians and surgeons, all other, with annual average wages of $189,760.-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics