Washington—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the AFT being named the "Nurse Champion of the Month" for March by the Center to Champion Nursing in America.
"Nurses are the heart of healthcare in this country. With sweeping reforms underway, their role is more and more important. That is why we are so honored to be named the 'Nurse Champion of the Month' for March by the Center to Champion Nursing in America. This honor speaks to the difference our 84,000 nurses make in cities, suburbs and rural communities all across America. We are especially honored that this occurred during Women's History Month, as a large majority of nurses are women. As one of the largest nurses unions, we have fought and will continue to fight for what nurses need to provide the highest quality care for their patients—from safe staffing levels, to additional pathways into the profession and opportunities for professional advancement, to advocating for resources and investments, and to ensuring nurses have a strong voice in decisions that impact patients, their families and our communities."
For more on the AFT's recognition, see http://campaignforaction.org/news/nurse-champion-american-federation-teachers-aft.