“Our voices are being heard”

Laurie Riek arrives at the Illinois State Capitol for her 5th consecutive year attending Nurse Advocacy Day.Laurie Riek arrives at the Illinois State Capitol for her 5th consecutive year attending Nurse Advocacy Day. Nearly 80 Advocate Health Care nurses attended a briefing before heading out to talk with legislators.Nearly 80 Advocate Health Care nurses attended a briefing before heading out to talk with legislators. Taking a last minute look at the day’s details, Laurie Riek gets ready for day of crucial conversations.Taking a last minute look at the day’s details, Laurie Riek gets ready for day of crucial conversations. Coming from a family with deep roots in healthcare, Laurie Riek says she’s passionate about advocacy.Coming from a family with deep roots in healthcare, Laurie Riek says she’s passionate about advocacy. Laurie Riek and the nurses from Advocate Condell Medical Center had a chance to talk with Rep. Sam Yingling.Laurie Riek and the nurses from Advocate Condell Medical Center had a chance to talk with Rep. Sam Yingling. House Republican leader Tom Cross greeted a large group of nurses in his office.House Republican leader Tom Cross greeted a large group of nurses in his office. Senator Dan Duffy chats with Laurie Riek and fellow nurses.Senator Dan Duffy chats with Laurie Riek and fellow nurses. Nurses from across Advocate shared concerns about staffing issues, the Medicaid system and more.Nurses from across Advocate shared concerns about staffing issues, the Medicaid system and more. State Senator Melinda Bush listened to the concerns of the nurses.State Senator Melinda Bush listened to the concerns of the nurses. “Our voices are being heard in Springfield,” Laurie Riek says.“Our voices are being heard in Springfield,” Laurie Riek says. Laurie Riek, left, and fellow nurses from Advocate Condell pose for a photo.Laurie Riek, left, and fellow nurses from Advocate Condell pose for a photo. The nurses posed for a group shot outside Gov. Quinn’s office.The nurses posed for a group shot outside Gov. Quinn’s office.

For the 8th consecutive year, nurses from Advocate Health Care boarded buses to the State Capitol in Springfield to share their opinions on a number of policy issues critical to nursing. Nearly 80 nurses met with more than 40 state legislators and Governor Pat Quinn during the daylong event. A passionate advocate for nurses, Laurie Riek, a nurse at Advocate Condell Medical Center, attended for the 5th straight year.  “Our voices are being heard in Springfield,” Riek said.

Here’s a snapshot from Laurie’s day.

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