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Website spotlight: Nursing union goes to Washington

Nurse Leader Insider, June 13, 2011

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Nurses are rallying in Washington, DC, today to bring attention to average Americans' healthcare hardships, saying the economic downturn has resulted in a health emergency for many in this country.

The event has been organized by National Nurses United, the country's largest nursing union, which represents 170,000 nurses. NNU expects nurses to be joined by labor and community allies and will rally in front of the White House, Congress, and the Chamber of Commerce.

The NNU is proposing a "Main Street Contract for the American People," which, according to a press release, is "a program for rebuilding American communities with jobs, healthcare, education, and other urgent needs, funded through a fair tax policy targeted at those on Wall Street who created the economic crisis."

The event puts nurses at the forefront of healthcare reform discussions and positions them as advocates for patients. The presentations will link the recession and everyday Americans' economic woes to a myriad of problems, including poor health outcomes.

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