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Nurses from Advocate Sherman Hospital descended on the State Capitol in Springfield last week to engage legislators on issues affecting health care and the nursing profession. More than 80 direct care nurses from across the Advocate system - including 6 from Advocate Sherman Hospital- met with dozens of state legislators, including Senate President John Cullerton, Senator Cristina Castro, Senator Karen McConnaughay, Rep. Steven Andersson, Rep. Fred Crespo, Rep. Mike Fortner, Rep. Anna Moeller, Rep. Allen Skillicorn, and Rep. Keith Wheeler, as part of Advocate's annual Nurse Advocacy Day.

Participating nurses rallied support to maintain Medicaid funding levels, raise the legal age of purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21, and pass the Nurse Licensure Compact-legislation that would allow nurses licensed in Illinois to practice in other compact states, including Wisconsin.

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