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On Wednesday morning, Anne Scheuring, Democratic candidate for the special election in the 24th Senate District met with members of PASNAP, a prominent nursing union, outside Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown.
"Healthcare is on the top of everyone's minds these days, there is no doubt that the system needs reforms. What many people aren't talking about is the quality of healthcare being provided to patients. Nurses are an extremely important factor in patient care, currently we aren't giving them the support they need to give the best patient care possible. Senator Leach has proposed a bill in the Senate dealing with nurse to patient ratios. When I am elected I will be an absolute advocate for healthcare, from access to affordable healthcare to making sure the patient is receiving the best healthcare when they need it," said Scheuring.
"It is hard to believe, but there are no regulations in Pennsylvania guaranteeing that there are enough nurses for patients. Its a dangerous situation which nurses are seeking to change. We have minimum ratios for schools, daycares and prisons, but not for hospitals. We need to have guaranteed safe staffing so that patients are kept safe. Anne Scheuring is committed to fighting for patient safety in Harrisburg, and we need to do what we can to help get her there," said Gilbertsville resident Beth Doyle, RN, president of the nurses' union and 31 year nurse at Mercy Suburban.
"I am glad that funding health care is a priority issue for Anne Scheuring. I believe she will keep the emphasis on quality medical care for every individual and support legislation to ensure safe nurse-to-patient ratios." said Gertrude Simplair, RN, an ICU nurse who resides in Lansdale.
"I am very happy to accept the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. Everyone who has ever been cared for by a nurse knows the dedication and warmth they give every one of their patients. I thank them for meeting with me this morning and I urge all who care about making healthcare better in Pennsylvania to come out and vote on Tuesday, September 29th," said Anne on receiving the union's endorsement.
Anne Scheuring is a Lansdale Councilwoman, wife, mother of four and grandmother of seven. She is a lifelong Lansdale resident and is active in many community organizations. She is the Democratic candidate for the 24th State Senate District.