Community Calls On Leaders to Focus on Quality Care
MADISON: As part of National Nurses Day, more than 300 healthcare professionals are heading to the State Capitol on May 7 as part of a newly launched campaign to improve quality care for patients in nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities all across the state. Carrying signed scrubs from hundreds of other healthcare professionals unable to attend, these workers will lobby their legislators on how to improve quality of care for Wisconsin residents.
Solution-driven unionism may have been the overarching theme of the 2013 joint conference of the AFT Healthcare and AFT Public Employees divisions, but the importance of community engagement was the biggest takeaway message for the 450 AFT members and guests who gathered in Baltimore, April 25-27. Read more.
State AFT Healthcare Leader Hails Alliance With National Federation of Nurses
Candice Owley: "Agreement holds potential to creat a new kind of nurses organization."
MILWAUKEE, WI—Statement of Candice Owley, president of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, and a national American Federation of Teachers vice president, on the announcement today of an affiliation agreement that will bring the 34,000 members of the National Federation of Nurses into the AFT:
“The state and local associations that make up the NFN are long-established and respected professional organizations in their states and communities. Together, we will renew and strengthen our focus on maintaining the professional standards of nursing so that our members can continue to provide the highest quality care to patients.
MILWAUKEE, Wis.—Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals President Candice Owley released the following statement in support of the Strengthen BadgerCare Act.
“Every day nurses and healthcare workers see the personal and financial devastation to families caused by lack of affordable healthcare coverage, and that is why the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals is in strong support of the Strengthen BadgerCare Act introduced by Senator John Erpenbach and Representative Jon Richards.”
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT president Randi Weingarten writes about the challenge of making sure more students can earn college degrees at a time when the skyrocketing cost of higher education threatens to put it out of reach for many people. Read the full column.