PITTSBURGH, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Safe in Common, a non-profit organization of healthcare safety advocates, today announced its support for the National Student Nurses' Association's annual convention as part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about needlestick safety among healthcare personnel.
Dr. Mary Foley, MS, RN, chairperson of Safe In Common and Director at the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation at the University Of California San Francisco School Of Nursing, will deliver the keynote speech on April 11 at the National Student Nurses' Association 60th Anniversary Convention & Alumni Reunion. The conference will occur from April 11-15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Foley, the first NSNA president to be elected American Nurses Association president, is leading Safe in Common's year-long Needlestick Safety Advocacy Tour (NSAT) of hospitals and top healthcare conferences across the country. As part of the tour, Safe in Common will exhibit during NSNA conference and support this year's theme: "Spanning the Distance: 60 Years of the Evolving Nurse."
"Teaching student nurses and working with them through NSNA has been the highlight of my 39-year career. Students are passionate about the profession and deserve the best protection from injury as they start their careers. That was certainly one of the key motivators that helped assure the passage of the Federal Needlestick Prevention Act in 2000," Foley said. "I am honored to continue helping the next generation of nursing professionals take the necessary steps toward protecting themselves from risk of injury, and we must continue to work together because every needlestick injury is preventable with the right equipment, the right procedures and the right culture."
It is estimated that more than 3,500 nurses will attend this year's NSNA 60th Anniversary Convention & Alumni Reunion in Pittsburgh. During the conference, Safe in Common will exhibit at booth 301, where the organization will engage with healthcare personnel to listen to their concerns, record their stories, raise their hopes and unite them behind the creation of a workplace environment that is free from the risk of needlestick injuries.
For more information about the Needlestick Safety Advocacy Tour, or to take the pledge, please visit http://www.safeincommon.org.
About Safe in Common
Safe in Common is a non-profit organization established to enhance and save the lives of U.S. healthcare personnel at risk of harm from needlestick injuries. It is led by Chairperson Mary Foley, PhD, RN, former President of the American Nursing Association and a U.S. leader for needlestick prevention, Healthcare Safety Advocate Nancy Purcell-Holmes, RN, and other industry leaders.
Safe in Common is proudly supported by its lead sponsor Unilife, a U.S. based global leader for advanced drug delivery systems. Follow Safe in Common at http://www.facebook.com/safeincommon or http://www.twitter.com/safeincommon.
SOURCE Safe in Common