In the midst of the medical malpractice debate and increasing health-care costs, we must not forget about our nurses, because they provide day-to-day services, kindness and the human touch. When patients reflect on experiences at hospitals, long-term care facilities and clinics, it is the nurses who are remembered.
Why should nurses endure long hours of work and low wages given all the work they do for us? I saw that Rep. Rick Larsen is working on increasing funding for our nurses in addition to helping pass the landmark Nurses Reinvestment Act. His is also a member of the Nurses’ Caucus in the U.S. Congress, which promotes laws that aid nurses. Through Rick’s efforts and this law, nurses will benefit from much-needed grants, training programs and scholarships.
We should do more for health-care workers and nurses, but this is a good start for many of the nurses we remember in times of need.