WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees proudly supports Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s resolution to designate September 22–28 as Federal Nurses Week. Joining Schakowsky are Reps. Keith Ellison, Mark Pocan, and Julia Brownley as original cosponsors of the resolution.
Started in 2014 by AFGE and its Nurses Steering Committee, Federal Nurses Week honors federal and D.C. government employees in nursing professions, including: registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses, and nurses’ assistants.
“Too many of our country’s hard-working nurses have gone unrecognized for too long,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. “We are thrilled that Reps. Schakowsky, Ellison, Pocan, and Brownley have joined us to celebrate these medical professionals who care for our nation’s heroes as well as some of the most disenfranchised and vulnerable citizens.”
“We are grateful to these lawmakers for honoring the nursing professionals who care for our citizens 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and are calling on her colleagues to do the same” said Jane Nygaard, AFGE District 8 National Vice President and co-creator of Federal Nurses Week.
“At the VA our nurses go to work every day understaffed while caring for our veterans who rely on their care and expertise,” said Nygaard. “The nurses at the Bureau of Prisons treat some of the most dangerous and hardened criminals in the country. And nurses at the Department of Defense care for our active duty service members and their families.”
In 2015, President Obama joined the union in recognizing the week saying, “America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system,” and that “our Nation is forever stronger thanks to the selfless medical professionals who dedicate their lives to promoting the health and well-being of others.”
AFGE represents workers in the nursing professions at the Indian Health Service, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Bureau of Prisons, and the Department of Defense.