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News: 2013-05-20 NFN New President Steve Rooney

NFN Elects ONA's Steve Rooney as New President

NFN Press Release:

ONA's Stephen Rooney, RN, Elected During National Delegate Assembly

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Stephen Rooney, RN, of Oregon was elected as the new President of the National Federation of Nurses (NFN) on May 17, 2013 during the national NFN delegate assembly. Rooney, who practices as an Intensive Care nurse at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon and has served as the elected President of the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) for the past 3 years, will be the second President of the NFN. Rooney succeeds Barbara Crane, RN, of New York. Crane served as the President of the NFN since 2008.

Rooney said, “Working with my colleagues from Washington, Montana, Ohio, Oregon and New York to advance the mission of the NFN is one of the great honors of my life. I am humbled by the support of my colleagues and am excited to be a part of this historic union, a national union that holds among its most sacred values openness, transparency, respect for state autonomy and collaboration.”

The NFN and its four member states recently voted to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), one of the largest unions of professionals in the United States. Rooney will play a key leadership role in forging the details of the historic partnership between the NFN and AFT.

“Nurses and teachers face enormous challenges and opportunities; the implications of the Affordable Care Act on the scope of our nursing practice and on the delivery of care throughout our nation, the creation of strong and sensible health care policies for all and, my greatest priority as we move into the next stage of our evolution, working with AFT to organize and expand the reach, voice and influence of this national union I am so proud to be a part of,” said Rooney.

The NFN is a leading national labor union and collaborative voice for registered nurses. Founded in 2008, the NFN was created to provide a unique, more inclusive option for unionized nurses and be a new model for national unions. Currently, the NFN represents approximately 34,000 nurses in four states.


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