Press Release

AFT Statement on National Nurses Week

For Release: 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Scott Stephens

WASHINGTON—AFT President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on National Nurses Week (May 6-12).

"Whether advocating for patient safety, counseling a family, or taking care of a sick child, nurses are the frontline heroes across all care settings. Nurses are committed to providing safe, high-quality care, accessible services, and health education and disease prevention to keep our communities healthy and productive. National Nurses Week provides us an opportunity to give nurses the respect and dignity their lifesaving work entitles them to each and every day.

"Patients trust nurses to look out for them, and nurses take that trust seriously. The fast-paced changes in the healthcare industry and the challenges implementing the Affordable Care Act require that nurses on the frontlines have the ability to speak up on behalf of their patients. The AFT, which represents more than 100,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals, remains committed to providing nurses with the tools, working conditions and resources they need to provide the life-changing and lifesaving services essential to the communities where they work."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.