NursesEverywhere: Using Your Voice as a Trusted Partner
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In April of 2020, after COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns had taken full effect and thousands of people were already infected and in ICUs, nurse leader and CEO of Gifted Healthcare PK Scheerle sent out a call to action to 17 of her closest nursing colleagues. She wrote:
“Nursing and nurses, for the first time in my career, are front and center in the minds and hearts of America for heroism, strength, compassion, and bringing essential value to the bedside. It is incumbent on us to find “sticky”, effective, scalable, and sustainable ways to assure this momentum, appreciation, and value for the work of the nurse continues long after this crisis ends.”
Like PK, the recipients of her call to action are internationally recognized for their impact in the profession. They too could see the challenges that lay ahead for our communities as the COVD-19 pandemic took hold and so they sought a venue to work with the public. Together, this team founded a nonprofit called NursesEverywhere, with a mission focused on the public, helping them achieve health equity and wellbeing for all through exceptional nursing care.
Professor Linda Aiken, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and founding member of NursesEverywhere, says that, “NursesEverywhere came into being because of the coronavirus pandemic and the realization that in this medical emergency, many policy restrictions for accessing nurses were being lifted. There was a consensus that the public needed more care than could be provided without full deployment of the existing health care workforce. When restrictions on access to nurses were lifted, we saw how our friends and neighbors were able to access more timely and valuable care.”
Equitable access to care has been a constant issue in our county. Even before the pandemic, a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that 82 million Americans, roughly a quarter of the US population, lacked access to a physician. NursesEverywhere knew that nurses could fill that gap, and took action to see if their partners in the public felt the same way. Commissioning the Harris Poll to conduct a survey, NursesEverywhere found that that 89 percent of people in our country believe patients should be able to receive the same level of care from nurses after the pandemic is over as they did during it.
With the public wanting to keep all the services that were offered during the pandemic, a natural partnership began to form. Tim Raderstorf DNP,RN who serves as the Chief Innovation Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and founding member of NursesEverywhere, highlighted the opportunity, “To achieve this goal of increased access to care, the public is going to have to be more actively engaged in advocating for those services. NursesEverywhere is partnering with the public to give them the tools and education they need to be more actively involved in every part of our communities and political life.”
“By understanding what nurses do and advocating for better access to nursing, the public will benefit in having timely access to nursing care in their children’s schools, in their homes, in nursing homes, and at the beginning and end of life and all the important points in between,” says founding member Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Nurses are everywhere, we care about you, and we want the public to see that we have solutions for addressing the challenges facing our country,” adds Hassmiller.
One in every 10 families in our country includes a nurse. Nurses are everywhere. NursesEverywhere is dedicating our legacy to showcasing to the nation that unrestricted access to highly qualified nurses is essential for everyone in America to have a fair and just opportunity for health. To learn more and become involved, please visit www.NursesEverywhere.com and post a picture …. With the #NursesEverywhere.
The founding members of NursesEverywhere are:
PK Scheerle, RN CEO - NursesEverywhere and GIFTED Healthcare
Tim Raderstorf, DNP, RN, COO NursesEverywhere, Chief Innovative Officer, The Ohio State University
Deborah Ford, Treasurer, NursesEverywhere, Chief Nurse, Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Nancy Howell Agee, CEO, Carilion Clinic & RN
Linda Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, Professor in Nursing - University of Pennsylvania
Rhonda Anderson, BSN, RN, CEO, RMA Healthcare Consulting, Former CEO, Chardon Children’s Medical Center
Virginia Trotter Betts, MSN, JD, RN, FAAN, CEO, HealthFutures, Inc., Past President ANA
Odette C Bolano, BSN, MHA, CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System
Cole Edmonson, DNP, FAAN, Chief Experience and Clinical Officer, AMN Healthcare
Ernest Grant, PhD, MSN, President, American Nurses Association
Susan Hassmiller, PhD, MSN, National Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sr. Scholar in Residence and Adv. on Nursing to the President of the National Academy of Medicine
Lucille Joel, EdD, RN, APN, FAAN, Distinguished Professor, Rutgers, Past President ANA
Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL – Founder, SONSIEL
Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN – CEO, National League of Nursing, Past President ANA
Kathy Mershon, MSN, RN, CNAA, FAAN – Board of Directors, Galen University
Barbara Nichols, BSN, RN – CEO, Barbara Nichols Consulting, Past President ANA
Franklin Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN – CEO, CGFNS International Inc.
Ruth Williams-Brinkley, RN – President, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region
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