SEIU Blog -In awe of Nurses Week 2015

4:04 PM Eastern – Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In awe of Nurses Week 2015


As Nurses Week comes to a close, I sit in awe of how our Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare colleagues choose to celebrate the week by promoting quality patient care and advance the nursing profession–much in the same way we do throughout the year.

It’s not just the work SEIU nurses around the country do to provide the highest standard of care at the bedside, but the work we do as patient advocates in our communities, our state capitals and in Washington, DC really sets us apart.

Here are just a few examples of how nurses took action this week:


As part of the 2015 California Nurse Alliance Legislative Conference: Safe Nurses Save Patients, nurses rallied at the capitol in Sacramento to support the California Safe Care Standards campaign. SEIU nurses are working with Cal/OSHA and others to develop an enforceable workplace violence prevention regulation for healthcare workers with common sense safeguards for all healthcare workers. Check out photosand video from the action.Nurses-Violence5.jpg


Local 199 nurses in Iowa developed a series of Letters to the Editor for their local papers like this one, educating patients and the community about the benefits and protections the Affordable Care Act has delivered to patients and what is at risk as the Supreme Court considers the King v Burwell decision.

New York

Often described as the Oscars of nursing, the 12th Annual Nurse of Distinction Awards ceremony brought together union members community and health industry leaders to honor and recognize all 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East registered nurses for their excellence and commitment to quality patient care. Click here to see the award winners, video and photos from the event.


SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania nurses gathered in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to do blood pressure checks while urging legislators to support a new House bill that would institute concrete, minimum nurse-to-patient ratios for hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the state. SEIU Healthcare PA also developed a week-long series of profiles to highlight the amazing work done by nurses. Check out their profiles hereherehere,here and here.


SEIU 1199NW nurses hosted a speak out in Seattle where they called on hospitals to put patients first and ensure communities have access to safe, accessible, quality care. Check out the pictures from the event.


Our work isn’t over, and on some fronts it’s just beginning, but I have no doubt that SEIU nurses are up to the challenge. The Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare is 85,000 strong voices who will continue educating and caring for our fellow nurses, patients and our communities.

Be the first to know.

Like our Facebook page. Follow our twitter feed – @seiunurses. Visit our Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare homepage to see some exciting announcements and blog posts and look for our special Nurses Week Roundup. If you aren’t signed up to receive it yet, click here to sign up!

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