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May 12, 2017 No comments

T-shirts of blue and orange peppered D.C., as SMYS (Show Me Your Stethoscope) took to our nation’s capital to ask for safe nurse to patient staffing ratios. As proponents of this cause, MDF joined are sisters and brothers at arms to support SMYS in their mission to band nurses together so they may voice their opinions without the fear of employment termination. Nurses like Linda Boly, RN, whose patient advocacy led to her wrongful termination by the hospital system that, up until then, lauded her services for 34 years. Good on you for fighting back Linda!


According to Janie Harvey Garner, the founder of SMYS:

“Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Nurses, healthcare providers, and the scientific community understand that unsafe nurse-to-patient ratios contribute to increased morbidity and mortality for patients. Unsafe staffing also creates unhealthy and unsafe environments for nurses to practice, and contributes to nurse burnout. As a result, our community is working to change the current care environment.”

And work they did. At the rally, speakers like Dr. Marty Makary and Katie Duke joined Linda to speak and lend their support to the SMYS cause.

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MDF was proud to be a part of this and to bring Brooke Anne Smith (TLC’s Too Close To Home) to perform Your War, and lend some words of encouragement to the crowd. If you haven’t heard it yet you can click HERE.

We also had the opportunity to speak with many of the attendees and ask them specifically what they were there fighting for. These answers were written down on large cards where their picture could be taken and later uploaded to our Facebook page as a memento for the occasion.

Want to see some snappy looking snapshots? Check these out:




You can see more of these pretty people on our Facebook page. To learn more about this great nursing cause and how you can get involved please click here.

Thank you SMYS and nurses everywhere. If you keep fighting, we’ll keep crafting the weapons. Much love.

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