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Oregon Nurse Online Article [AFT Health Care Conference] [08/01/13]

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AFT Health Care Conference

On April 25-27, 2013, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) held their annual Health Care Conference in Baltimore, MD with approximately 200-300 RNs and other health care members attending. It was an exciting time, a great opportunity to explore the new affiliation that ONA has ventured into, and a chance to see how ONA nurses can actively be involved in many conversations throughout the nation regarding nursing and health care. The conference showed how nurses from across the country can come together to advocate for patient care.

The conference promoted a wellness agenda and featured continuing education workshops on topics that included: union building; legal issues related to documentation, social medial and electronic medical records; changes in health care that will occur with the Affordable Care Act; bullying in the workplace; retirement plans of the future; best practices in safe patient handling; new roles for RNs and other health care providers; addressing and preventing substance abuse in health care workers; and other subjects that nurses encounter and deal with on a daily basis.

Oregon nurses face the same issues as nurses across the country and it was empowering to see how we can all come together to collectively seek solutions. The similarities, commonalities, and diversity brought to this conference are the backbone of the AFT union, providing strength, knowledge and resources far beyond measure to individual state associations. 


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