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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), the most powerful and effective voice on health care in the Commonwealth, has officially endorsed millennial candidate Samuel Gebru for Cambridge City Council. The endorsement comes just days after the MNA supported the efforts of 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center to conduct the first nurses' strike in Boston in more than 30 years.
"With the cloud of uncertainty currently surrounding the topic of health care in this country, we are lucky to have people like Samuel who are committed to standing up for nurses and patients. He will make an excellent city councilor and will be a strong advocate for his constituents in Cambridge," said Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, President of the MNA and a nurse at Cambridge Hospital.
Founded in 1903, the MNA represents over 23,000 members. It is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses and health professionals in the state and the third largest in the nation. The MNA created the RN license designation, wrote the first code of ethics for nurses, and passed, or helped to pass, nearly every state law governing nursing practice.
Gebru attended demonstration events at Tufts Medical Center and spoke in support of the nurses' contractual request for increased pay and staffing levels.
"I am humbled by the support of the MNA," said Gebru. "The organization's mission to 'work for the improvement of health care services for all people' resonates significantly with my commitment to advancing inclusive, affordable, and accessible health care for every Cambridge resident. Our nurses take care of us and I will fight for them and their patients daily
Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
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