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Unformatted text preview: t was the credibility of nurses providing the personal and professional
perspective that overcame the long-standing reluctance to expand OSHA-related
regulations of any kind.
Once the groundwork had been laid, ANA’s expert lobbying staff met with dozens of
congressional members and staffs. Nurse constituents by the thousands communicated
with their members of Congress and convinced them this issue was important to the
quality of nurses’ lives across the country. The momentum to pass a federal law also
resulted from the parallel success of the second prong: the rate at which state needlestick
legislation was sweeping across the country. More on the state strategy, and the third
prong, additional regulatory reform, follows later. 11 Three nurses who made the difference, and were the personal faces behind the injury
statistics are nurse heroes, and are still working to prevent any other workers from being
injured. Their stories are told with their permission, and stands as an example of their
commitment to prevention.
The first nurse who became an activist after her injury is Lynda Arnold. Lyn...
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This document was uploaded on 02/27/2014 for the course ENGLISH 101 at Montgomery College.
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