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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Nurse Statisitcs: The average wage for nurse practitioners was more than twice the U.S. average for all occupations
Nurse practitioners earned an annual mean wage of $97,990 nationally, but wages for this occupation varied from $82,880 in Oklahoma to over $115,000 in California, Alaska, and Hawaii. Although average wages for nurse practitioners were similar in Alaska and California, California employed many more of them, 9,980 in May 2014,compared with 370 in Alaska. Mississippi had among the highest employment concentrations of nurse practitioners—more than twice the U.S. average.-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics