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UAN & KNA Activists Demand Justice for 9 ARH Nurses: ’Safe RN Staffing is the Key to Reducing Medical Errors’; News Conf. Aug. 12, 10 a.m.


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At a press conference in Lexington Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. (EDT), United American Nurses (UAN) Secretary-Treasurer Mike Nilsson, RN, Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA) President-elect Pat Tanner, MPA, BSN, RN, and KNA Executive Director Sharon Eli-Mercer, MSN, RN CNAA BC will bring the message that the Appalachian Regional Healthcare nurses who spoke up for safe staffing should be applauded, not disciplined.

Recently, nine nurses in the Beckley, West Virginia, and Hazard, Kentucky, hospitals of Appalachian Regional Healthcare were suspended for one day without pay for alerting prospective patients and the community to dangerously low levels of nurse staffing at both facilities. Numerous studies have shown the indisputable link between unsafe staffing and an increase in medical errors that can result in preventable patient injuries and deaths.

All speakers, as well as nurses employed at ARH, will be available for comment.


-- UAN Secretary-Treasurer Mike Nilsson, RN

-- KNA President-elect Pat Tanner, MPA, BSN, RN

-- KNA Executive Director Sharon Eli-Mercer, MSN, RN CNAA BC

-- Nurses employed by ARH

WHAT: Press conference on safe staffing

WHERE: Springs Inn, Harrodsburg, Road, Lexington, Kentucky

WHEN: 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12


The United American Nurses, AFL-CIO, is the nation’s largest RN union, representing 102,000 nurses in 27 state affiliates, including the Kentucky Nurses Association, and is the labor union affiliate of the American Nurses Association.

The Kentucky Nurses Association was established in 1906 and is the only full-service professional organization for the state’s entire nurse population. In addition to its role to promote the essential role of the registered nurse in health care delivery, the Association serves as an advocate for quality patient care in all settings.


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