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National Nurses Week 2013

During National Nurses Week, May 6-13, AFGE honors the contribution nurses have made to the field of health care. Federal nurses play a significant role in providing world-class care in many agencies throughout the federal government, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and the Bureau of Prisons.

Below is an ad that will run in the Federal Times which features AFGE federal nurses. Thank you to our ad participants: AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr, AFGE District 8 National Vice President Jane Nygaard, AFGE DoD Local 1401 Vice President Erika Townes, AFGE VA Local 609 member Judith Kelly, AFGE DoD Local 1942 member Lisa Haik, AFGE VA Local 2152 Title 38 Vice President Jeanine Swygman, AFGE VA Local 1915 First Vice President David Mollett and AFGE BOP Local 3947 Vice President Sandra Parr.

AFGE Nurse Steering Committee Bill of Rights

The American Federation of Government Employees Nurse Steering Committee presents this Bill of Rights for all Federal Nurses in order to promote justice and equality, to ensure nurse satisfaction, retention and delivery of quality care to their patients:

Nurses Deserve:

  • Equal Rights to negotiate over all conditions of employment
  • The right to advocate for the best health care for their patients
  • A safe work environment to ensure delivery of the highest quality of care to their patients
  • The assurance to practice safely within their scope of licensure and level of competence
  • The right to receive adequate training to perform assigned duties

The AFGE Nurse Steering Committee endorses these fundamental rights of Federal nurses and believe s that these rights should be exercised without fear of reprisal, harassment or intimidation at all times.

AFGE Nurses Steering Committee

The AFGE Nurse Steering Committee is moving full steam ahead to address the concerns of nurses nationwide. Led by District 8 National Vice President Jane Nygaard, the committee convenes monthly to address legislative and legal concerns, and disseminate information to AFGE members and lawmakers. Bargaining rights for VA nurses has been a top issue for the committee, along with legislation to provide true overtime for nurses within the Bureau of Prisons and Department of Defense, safe patient handling and ensuring safe staffing levels for nurses who work throughout the federal government.

“This committee plays a vital role in organizing our members and highlighting the unique challenges faced by nurses nationwide,” said Nygaard. “We will continue to move forward, especially legislatively, to address issues that will strengthen nurses’ voices at work.”

To learn more about the committee please contact NVP Nygaard at (952) 854-3216.

 

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