This is a good time to review the principles upon which our nurses' movement was founded. Forged in the fights to get away from the American Nurses Association (ANA) and then to build a progressive national voice for nurses, these statements of principle can be reread here, appended to the presentation Quest for a Voice from the 2008 pre-convention program of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Primary importance has always been given to winning enforceable RN staffing limits and then to creating a just healthcare system. To these ends, we built first the American Association of Registered Nurses (AARN) and then the National Nurses United (NNU).
Material presented to Massachusetts Nurses Association annual convention, October 1, 2008.
Addenda: Documents pertaining to founding of National Nurses United, 2009.
In the Beginning was the ANA
- Origins of Collective Bargaining for Nurses
- Tensions Mount
- Dispersal (SNAs shed collective bargaining)
- Connecticut - 1984
- New Jersey - 1985
- Maryland - 1990
- Pennsylvania - 1991
- Kentucky - 2008
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