NEW YORK NURSE: May 2009
The National Federation of Nurses (NFN) was officially announed on April 15 in Portland, Ore., during the annual convention of the Oregon Nurses Association.
RNs representing the six founding nurse labor organizations attended the event, including a group from NYSNA. Barbara Crane, chair of the bargaining unit at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and a member of the NYSNA Board of Directors, has been elected president of the NFN.
Speaking to the enthusiastic crowd through a blizzard of confetti, Crane said, “Now, more than ever, registered nurses need a strong, national voice on issues such as healthcare reform and national staffing standards. The goal of the NFN is to make a profound and tangible difference in the lives of nurses and their patients through activities that improve both working conditions and quality of care.”