The Michigan Nurses Association and the Michigan Nursing Students Association hosted about 800 nurses and nursing students during Michigan Nurses MARCH! at the Lansing Center in Lansing.
The annual legislative day featured national speakers, Michigan legislators, and a march to the Capitol culminating in a rally on the Capitol steps, according to a news release.
Ann Converso, RN, president of the United American Nurses, spoke at the event, alonf with Steven Francy, executive director of RNs Working Together, AFL-CIO. Michigan Chief Nurse Executive Jeanette Klemczak and Derrick Quinney, director of Workplace Health and Safety, Michigan AFL-CIO, also were featured.To learn more, visit www.minurses.org.
Congressman John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., was awarded the 2009 Friend of Nursing award for his support of national healthcare reform and safe patient handling legislation for nurses.
Seeing 800 nurses and nursing students marching together in support of safe patient care for Michigan patients is an incredible sight, Diane Goddeeris, MNA president, said in a news release. As the primary caregivers in our hospital settings, nurses are in an integral position to address the issues faced by our state and national legislators.