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Florida Nurses Weigh In On Side of Patient Care

May 9, 2012

MIAMI - National Nurses Week is giving nurses in Florida and across America the opportunity to reflect on their profession, their patients and what it will take to improve the health of the nation.

Before you can see the doctor, you usually see a nurse first. Nurses often are the primary point of contact in the health-care system.

Norberto Molina of Miami, who has worked as a nurse for more than 20 years, says he cared for one little girl who had cancer but was denied coverage by three different insurance companies when she had a recurrence. He credits the Affordable Care Act for changing that practice.

"This is a little 4-year-old girl that was being treated for something, and then three years later she comes back to the same thing. The father told me it was like night and day the problems that he had to go through with the insurance companies."

According to a 2011 Gallup poll, nursing was rated the most trusted profession out of 21
professions listed, including doctors, teachers and clergy.

Those who go into nursing commonly say they do it because they want to help people. Denise Glass also works in Miami as a nurse, and says the urge to help people goes beyond the medical room door - which is why she's been supporting the Affordable Care Act.

"It's going to help make our jobs much easier, so nurses are going to actually be able to get back to the bedside and do the hands-on care that we love to do."

National Nurses Week is celebrated May 6-12 each year, coinciding with the birthday
of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - FL