i have great news! on monday, december 7 the yearnings of nurses across our nation for a more powerful national movement of direct care nurses will move from a dream to a reality.
the day has come, the founding convention of our new rn superunion, the largest, most influential union and professional organization of rns in american history -- national nurses united -- unifying 150,000 members of three great organizations, my own united american nurses, the california nurses association/national nurses organizing committee, and the massachusetts nurses association.
i'm also pleased to report that last ditch legal maneuvers by a small minority to stop this historic process have failed. a united states district judge in chicago thursday rejected efforts by a small uan grouping to block our convention, upholding the clear decision of the vast majority of uan members who voted overwhelmingly this fall in favor of consolidation and affiliation with the nnu. democracy has prevailed.
the moment could not be more exciting, the opportunity before us, to united rns throughout the nation, promote and defend nursing standards and patient care protections, expand the voice of rns in congress and state capitols, could not be more promising.
as minnesota nurses association president and uan director linda hamilton rn, put it after our uan assembly, "together we will be an unstoppable force for defining and creating a new future for the nursing profession and patient care."
we have a vital, and ambitious agenda, passing national legislation to establish safe hospital rn staffing ratios and safeguard the role of rns as patient advocates, coordinating national efforts to defend our standards and our profession, and achieving collective representation for tens of thousands of non-union nurses.
i am very confident that with the vision, the dedication, the experience, and the collective strength embodied in our proud new organization, we will be up to the challenge and the task!
jean ross is co-president of new union. nrskarenrn