I want to commend the article “Pa. nurses rallying to urge safe staffing legislation” for exemplifying a nursing role that is not often recognized or appreciated.
As a nursing student, our program focuses on training its students to become ambassadors to our educational institution by entering into our health care careers with the intention of not only practicing excellent patient care but improving it. We are taught to be vigilant in our pursuit of better nursing and overall institutional practices.
This article demonstrates the role that I envision nurses will continue to take on in the future — that of nursing leaders. These nurses are lobbying for how their role in the hospital can be best utilized for the benefit of the patients and staff. The article articulates the importance of nursing input in staff management decisions, such as nurse to patient ratio, within hospitals. I feel nurses have a particularly powerful role in patient care and nursing leadership, as reported on by this article.
Personal experience has given me insight into just how crucial appropriate nurse to patient ratio is for the highest quality of patient care. It is comforting to know that there is someone advocating for patients' rights out there.
University of California, San Francisco