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Legislation #: 030528 Introduction Date: 5/1/2003
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 5/1/2003
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER XBARNES
Title: Declaring May 5, 2003, as Patient Care Day and May 6-12, 2003, as National Nurses Week.

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4/30/2003

Prepare to Introduce

5/1/2003

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RESOLUTION NO. 030528

 

Declaring May 5, 2003, as Patient Care Day and May 6-12, 2003, as National Nurses Week.

 

WHEREAS, the AFT Healthcare Leadership Council has designated May 5, 2003, Patient Care Day to coincide with National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2003; and

 

WHEREAS, Patient Care Day events will initiate a multi-year campaign focusing on legislation about safe staffing, and will highlight the groups efforts to encourage state legislatures to pass laws establishing appropriate nurse-to-patient ratios; and

 

WHEREAS, the theme of Patient Care Day is Set Limits, Save Lives and will be used to inform legislators and consumers of the need for proper staffing in all patient settings; and

 

WHEREAS, nursing staff issues are a growing concern. There currently are an estimated 120,000 open nursing positions, and researchers conclude that unless steps are taken to address this shortage, it will increase to 400,000 in the next twenty years; and

 

WHEREAS, patient care is of utmost importance, not only to the patient and family members, but also to doctors, nurses, healthcare aides, pharmacists, and all who are entrusted to care for patients in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other care facilities. As is stated in Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health Care System for the 21st Century (Institute of Medicine, 2001), The people who deliver care are the health systems most important resource. Healthcare workers face significant challenges and should be afforded a work environment that allows them to protect the health, safety and rights of their patients; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby declare May 5, 2003, as Patient Care Day and May 6-12, 2003, as National Nurses Week; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to affiliates of Nurses United for Improved Patient Care with the Mayor and Council urging all Kansas Citians to honor nurses and celebrate the contributions nurses make to the people they serve.

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