Nurses are on the march again.
After their successful demonstration in Washington last March 31, the nation's nurses plan to return this spring and descend on the Capitol to make their presence felt.
This time the event is scheduled for May 10 at noon. Why May instead of March? "It's nurses week," said Rosann Livolsi, a staffer at Revolution magazine. "Also, it was a little cold out there in March."
Revolution, which calls itself "The Journal of Nurse Empowerment," is again sponsoring the march. Co-sponsors include the Health Care Rescue Network, Communications Workers of America, Local 1199 RN division and the California Nurses Association.
The American Nurses Association, a co-sponsor last year, begged out this time because it is preoccupied with its own centenary observances in June.
The theme of the march was expressed by Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, publisher of Revolution, in a press release: "Hospitals are systematically reducing the quality of care for patients by substituting untrained, unlicensed personnel for professional registered nurses. It's really consumer fraud. They dress these untrained workers in uniforms just like nurses, so the patients won't know what's happening to them."
Organizers hope 80,000 nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers will attend. Last year, they said, 35,000 nurses converged on Washington. Organizers said many more would have come had they known about it sooner.