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Monday, September 07, 2009

Nurses: Largest Sector of the Healthcare Workforce

Pictured left to right: AFT National President Randi Weingarten and NNNO President Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE

National Nursing Network Organization's President Teri Mills had an opportunity to speak directly with AFT National President Randi Weingarten during AFT's Back To School Tour '09 last week when Weingarten visited the campus of Portland Community College. AFT represents 1.4 million members of which 40,000 are nurses. Weingarten expressed great appreciation for what nurses contribute each and every day to keeping our nation healthy. Nurses represent the largest sector of the healthcare workforce and have played an integral role in healthcare reform activism this past year.

AFT National endorsed the Office of the National Nurse initiative when a resolution passed UNANIMOUSLY out of their national convention in August, 2006. The resolution urges Congress to enact legislation to create the Office of the National Nurse. Covering the AFT Back to School Tour 09 Blog, Annette Licitra writes:

AFT Portland Community College members never do two things: They never let up and they never give up. Take these three examples on display during the AFT Back-to-School Tour '09:

Nurse educators Linda Eby, Maurge Dulaney and Teri Mills are bound and determined to get more, more, more for aspiring nurses: more access to nurse education, more instructors and more seats in classrooms. Forget limitations—these resolute AFT members have visions and plans for partnerships with other institutions, growth in their program that trains nursing and medical assistants to become registered nurses, and expanded clinical opportunities. They think big and they'll win big.

Mills (and AFT Member and NNNO Secretary Alisa Schneider MSN, RN) are helping the union pursue the Office of the National Nurse akin to the Office of the Surgeon General. Her idea has won our members' endorsement as an AFT resolution, and she'll win over Washington, too.

Weingarten and Mills share a lighter moment during the tour of Portland Community College Nursing Simulation Lab

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, September 07, 2009  

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