More exciting news comes today from The National Nurse campaign. The largest organization (union) of working RNs, known collectively as RNs Working Together AFL_CIO, has issued a statement of full support for the Office of a National Nurse. “As a nurse and a union leader, I believe that creating the Office of a National Nurse is a good way to enhance nursing recruitment and support policies that strengthen nursing education and practice,” says JNESO Executive Director Virginia Treacy, RN. This group of unions includes JNESO and the largest nursing union, California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), along with 8 other affiliates to represent nearly 250,000 nurses in the U.S.
The American Nurses Association endorsed President Obama when he was running for President because of his insight into the health care crisis, the nursing shortage and the fact that the nursing profession needs some strong role models and leadership. He also has a strong understanding that nurses are the backbone of health care in the U.S. and that in order to improve the health and well being of Americans, that nurses need to have an active role in overseeing the health care industry. Today, President Obama took action to promote a nurse to a leadership position in the health care industry. He appointed Dr. Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, to…