Hundreds, maybe thousands, of nurses from across the country are expected in the nation's capital starting Thursday, May 12 to honor the lives and service of those lost and advocate for change.
Their goal is to focus on commemoration, Memoriam and action while commemorating their 202nd year of nursing as a profession. Other nurse organizations making their way to the District are expected to use the opportunity as a call to action for legislation.
Who is marching?
There are several nurse organizations planning to march in D.C. on May 12.
- The Nurses' March
- The National Nurses March
- Nurses Take DC
- Nurse unions
- Show me your Stethoscope
- Nurses Take DC
- The Pink Berets
- Healthcare workers, and more
When and where are they marching?
Some nurse groups will start assembling at 8 a.m. on May 12 and begin marching at 9 a.m. near the White House on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. Following the march, attendees will meet at Audi Field Stadium located at 100 Potomac Avenue Southwest for a program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Another nurse group says they will assemble at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Why are they marching?
The healthcare workers' organizations said they are planning this event to fight for fair and realistic wages for nurses, safe staffing environments, no violence against healthcare workers, and changing the culture of the biases and discrimination in the nursing profession.
All of the organizations are showing support for the following bills and legislation:
H.R. 3165/S.1567: Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act of 2021
H.R. 1195: Workplace Violence Prevention for Healthcare and Social Service Workers Act
The Nurses' March organization said they will hold a memorial and have speakers, such as American physician Zubin "ZDogg" Damania, in attendance.
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