Nurse Champion: American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Please join us in recognizing our Nurse Champion of the Month: American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for their support of nurses as leaders in health care. 

The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.

AFT Healthcare is a division of AFT; it was formerly known as the Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. The division of AFT Healthcare represents more than 112,000 workers, including 84,000 RNs, who practice in a variety of professions and settings. While nearly half of the organization’s members are registered nurses, the division also represents medical researchers, physicians, dieticians, psychologists, X-ray technicians, therapists and others. AFT Healthcare is currently the second-largest nurse union in the AFL-CIO.

The AFT is a proud supporter of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, and believes that nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. The AFT vigorously supports advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Over the past eight months, the AFT has sought to prevent the implementation of the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Durable Medical Equipment Center (DME) ordering regulation. The AFT seeks to ensure that consumers have access to the critical care that nurses are able to provide, especially in rural areas where physician shortages are the most prevalent. 

The AFT also strongly supports the recommendation that nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression. The AFT has gathered information on grants, scholarships and loan opportunities for nurses interested in advancing their education, and have created links to those resources from their web site. The AFT also has a partnership with Drexel University that provides discounts to its members for the nursing programs they offer.  

Visit the American Federation of Teachers to learn more about their important work. 

Champion Nursing Coalition members --“Nurse Champions” -- support the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action in its efforts to prepare nursing to meet the health care demands of today and tomorrow. Champion Nursing Coalition members participate in a range of activities, from making policy changes that are aligned with the Campaign’s priorities, educating members on nursing issues related to their organizational goals, and collaborating with state Action Coalitions. These Nurse Champions and their work are instrumental to our efforts to transform health care through nursing. 

by Nefertari Carver | March 11, 2014

Tags: education


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