State nurses associations across the country have come together to form the National Federation of Nurses.
Washington State Nurses Association, in addition to state nurses groups in Montana, New Jersey, New York and Oregon, comprise the new organization, which represents 70,000 registered nurses. The federation was announced as the Oregon Nurses Association holds its annual convention April 15-16 in Portland.
Kim Armstrong, a registered nurse who is president of the Washington association, will serve as secretary of the new federation. Governance will be conducted collaboratively among member states, which will maintain their sovereignty. The new group will focus on issues that affect nurses and quality of patient care on the national level. The national organization will provide nurses with a powerful platform for having their voices heard, the Washington nurses said in a written statement.