About 100 members of the nonprofit Nurses of Pennsylvania gathered in Penn Square on Wednesday to advocate for safe staffing legislation.
They had been attending a summit at the convention center across the street.
Support has grown since the effort started five years ago, they said, but not enough to garner a floor vote in Pennsylvania’s legislature.
They placed 132 pairs of shoes to symbolize 1,320 Pennsylvania deaths a study estimates could have been prevented over the past five years if the state had adopted California’s minimum nurse staffing ratios.
#Nurses of Pennsylvania sing for #SafeStaffing legislation Wednesday in Lancaster. Each pair of shoes represents 10 lives a study estimates could have been saved in the last 5 years if such limits had been enacted. pic.twitter.com/FtMFQuIglQ— Heather Stauffer (@HStaufferLNP) September 19, 2019
Ann Arbuckle, an LPN from Marietta who said she worked in a long-term care facility before becoming disabled, was among the Nurses of Pennsylvania advocating for #SafeStaffing on Wednesday in Lancaster. pic.twitter.com/KsiYuppfWO— Heather Stauffer (@HStaufferLNP) September 19, 2019