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House Proceeding 05-12-09 on May 12th, 2009 :: 0:53:15 to 0:56:05
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Janice D. Schakowsky

0:53:02 to 0:53:23( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gent mrs. christensen: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as she might consume to representative jan schakowsky of illinois. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from illinois is recognized. ms. schakowsky: i thank my friend and colleague and physician from

Janice D. Schakowsky

0:53:15 to 0:56:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Janice D. Schakowsky

Janice D. Schakowsky

0:53:24 to 0:53:45( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: islands for yielding to me. i rise in strong support of h.res. 192, a resolution and recognition of national nurses week. i, too, would like to thank representative eddie bernice johnson for introducing this bill along with lois capps and representative carolyn mccarthy, all nurses in this body, for

Janice D. Schakowsky

0:53:46 to 0:54:07( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: sponsoring this resolution and for their steadfast commitment to honoring nurses and highlighting the importance of the estimated 2.9 million nurses to our health care system. as we move forward with health care reform discussions, we must continue to listen to nurses. nurses will fight for improving patient access to quality care,

Janice D. Schakowsky

0:54:08 to 0:54:30( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: and it is nurses who will advocate for more preventive and primary care providers to help reduce the need for costly in-patient care. it is nurse who is will fight for appropriate nurse staffing ratios to reduce medical error and cut down on the number of readmissions to hospitals. we all know about the shortages

Janice D. Schakowsky

0:54:31 to 0:54:51( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: and primary care professionals, especially nurses right now, and as we move toward health care reform and bring more people into the system, we certainly are going to need more nurses. there are about 500,000 nurses out there who have left the profession and for many, many reasons, but one of them is

Janice D. Schakowsky

0:54:52 to 0:55:12( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: because they have very stressful working conditions. so as we celebrate national nurses week, we need to think about those. one of those is to reduce the number of patients that each nurse is -- has to take care of these days. the nurse -- the patient nurse

Janice D. Schakowsky

0:55:13 to 0:55:33( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: ratio is so high there are so many patients that they have to take care of, that many have just said can't do it. and so i think that we -- the best way that we honor nurses is to look at ways that we make conditions in the hospitals, in their workplace, much more

Janice D. Schakowsky

0:55:34 to 0:55:54( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: amenable to them, because they are the frontline people. right now when we send our loved ones -- when our loved ones have to go to the hospital, many feel they need to have an advocate with them because when the button is pushed calling for the nurse, sometimes they aren't there. not because they don't want to be there, but because they are in the next room or the next

Janice D. Schakowsky

0:55:55 to 0:56:06( Edit History Discussion )

Janice D. Schakowsky: room and not able to get to their patients. madam speaker, it's important that congress recognize and celebrate our nurses during national nurses week and throughout the year and

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