Beebe Medical Center Nurses Visit Capitol Hill and Let Their Voice Be Heard

In support of proposed healthcare legislation, 10 nurses from Beebe Medical Center participated in the Delaware Nurses Association’s (DNA) 3rd annual trip to Capitol Hill. The nurses met with Delaware Senators Thomas Carper and Chris Coons and Delaware Representative John Carney to discuss issues that specifically impact the nursing profession.

Throughout the day, the nurses were given the opportunity to discuss various aspects of nursing practice and patient care. For example, one proposed piece of legislation would require that hospital staffing decisions include input from a committee of direct care nurses. The American Nurses Association (ANA) maintains that such a requirement would lead to a more positive work environment and thus, better patient care.

Additionally, the ANA has recognized how the growing nursing shortage already has contributed to diminished patient care nationwide. Therefore, the organization is advocating for significant funding increases to improve nursing education and professional opportunities. Several major grant programs have been developed as a source of funding in areas including advanced education nursing and workforce diversity.

“The trip allowed Beebe nurses to get involved in supporting federal legislation to improve patient care,” says Steven Rhone, Vice President of Patient Care Services. “It opened their eyes to how laws are made and how they might become part of that important process.”

“As a nurse, you spend the majority of your time taking care of patients,” says Megan Williams, FNP, Director of Population Health. “This event was an excellent opportunity for us to share our individual experiences with congressmen.”

The Delaware Nurses Association encourages nurses to become involved in our Government to increase access to high quality and safe healthcare.

“For more than a decade, nursing outranks all other professions in Gallup’s annual honesty and ethics survey and is viewed as the most trusted profession,” says Janet Haebler, MSN RN, from the American Nursing Association (ANA). “Thanks to the DNA’s partnership with the ANA, nurses were able to voice their support for needed federal policy.”

Caption: A group of Beebe Medical Center nurses went to Washington D.C. to meet with Legislators. Pictured here are the nurses, from left to right: Megan Williams, FNP, Director of Population Health; Kelly Decyk, RN, Progressive Care Unit; Theresa Houston, RN, BSN, CCRN, Critical Care Educator; Janet Haebler, MSN, RN, Executive Director of State Government Affairs for the American Nurses Association; Jennifer Hargreaves, BA, RN, Clinical Education; Sarah Carmody, Executive Director, Delaware Nurses Association; Jacqueline M. Cooke, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC, Clinical Educator, WHP; Lynn Toth, RN, MSN, NP-C, Cardiovascular Service Line; Patti Hall, RN, Nursing Supervisor; Paula Goodman, CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist; Jen Mancuso, RN, BSN, Nursing Supervisor; Susan Davis, CRNA, Nurse Anesthetist.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers multiple services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing lab, imaging, physical rehab services and walk-in care. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org