CHARLESTON – Nurses from across West
Virginia converge on the Capitol today in hopes of improving their standing in
the medical field.
Nurses from West Virginia University
and across the Mountain State were represented for Unity Day, a day where
nurses come together as one.
They were at the Capitol today urging
lawmakers to consider their standing in medicine.
Officials are worried that with the
Affordable Care Act, patients will soon exceed doctors, so nurses want more
authority to pick up the slack.
“The laws will help support us to be
able to function at the full scope of our practice, so that we're able to do
what we're trained to do instead of being limited by law,” says WVU nursing
student Heather Weaver.
“If we're trained to write
prescriptions, we should be able to write prescriptions. If we're trained to
diagnose and see patients, we should be able to do that,” added Weaver.
Officials at Unity Day say 1 in 43 West
Virginian’s are nurses, so there is plenty of care to go around.