As Chair of SEIU Healthcare and a family physician, I know firsthand the live-saving work SEIU nurses do on the frontlines of our healthcare system. I also know what strong advocates they are for our patients and our communities. SEIU nurses rock!
SEIU nurses were tireless in their advocacy for their patients in turning the dream of a national healthcare law into the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). National Nurses Week 2013 provides a moment to reflect and celebrate the fierceness of nurses, and rededicate that fierceness to one of the most significant milestones in the ACA --
By 2014, more than 32 million Americans will be eligible to gain affordable, quality coverage. This part of the law will not just transform patient care, it will help to provide the financial foundation our hospitals and clinics need to provide the highest quality care. For nurses, that means better staffing, less "just-in-time nursing," more investment in prevention, and better health for our country.