The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
I am (Author’s Name); currently the president of the California Nurses Association (CNA) and the overseeing head of its umbrella organization, the Arizona new Registered Nurse (RN) Union called the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Arizona (NNOC-Arizona).
I am sending you this letter in connection with a significant health issue in the State of California. This pertains to the apparent incorrect and irresponsible nursing staffing ratio in hospitals and other medical or nursing facilities here in California.
This specifically concerns the defiance of the authorized safe ratio in the number of RN-to-patient thereby endangering the welfare and eventually the lives of patients while at the same time hinders our profession’s goal of providing quality nursing care for our patients (“The Ratio Solution,” 2008).
Our profession’s positive position to said measure is substantiated by the fact that the bill supports the mandated RN-to-Patient Ratio which works to the improvement of patient care by having enough number of RNs. Citing the CNA/NNOC’s Report, the results of a series of scientific researches have proven that the RN-to-Patient Ratio indeed work to the advantage of both nurses and patients (“The Ratio Solution,” 2008).
While similar bills already ensure adherence to RN-to-Patient Ratio, it is an utmost goal that HB 2041 heralds the same objectives in all states of the country.
In view of this, I respectfully hope for the Speaker’s full support and eventual endorsement of HB 2041 to the Senate once it is approved by the lower Congress. The Prezelski-sponsored bill aims that the mandated RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratio be guaranteed and that nurses are protected when they spill irregularities in the profession and eventually turned witnesses.
I show gratitude to you for finding time to regard our position on this issue. I hope that the above problem concerning the nursing field will be addressed through the support/endorsement of HB 2041 that we earnestly pray from your office.
California Nurses Association/ National Nurses Organizing Committee-Arizona. (2008). The Ratio Solution: CAN/NNOC’s RN-to-Patient Ratios Work – Better Care, More Nurses. Retrieved January 21, 2009, from http://www.calnurses.org/assets/pdf/ratios/ratios_booklet.pdf