About the SEIU Nurse Alliance

Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare

Vision: The Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare, more than 85,000 Registered Nurses in 21 states, is committed to the vision of a strong and unified voice for nurses; and quality, affordable healthcare for all. As part of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation's largest and strongest health care union, the Nurse Alliance unites RNs with more than 900,000 other health care workers to truly change the face of health care in America.

Goals: The Nurse Alliance Leadership Committee sets strategic goals and measures its accomplishments. Its nurse program at the local and national level focuses on six main areas: Quality, Policy & Politics, Growth, Member Strength, Workforce Development, and Unity.

Quality: SEIU RNs improve quality outcomes for patients and professional satisfaction for RNs through labor-management partnerships. We share best practices through Local and national Nurse Alliance quality committees and conferences. We develop and disseminate effective nursing solutions, tools and strategies for implementation at the facility, state and national level. We participate in major national discussions with top nursing experts, educators and researchers. We respond to emerging challenges and emergency situations. We promote public awareness of the most fundamental value of the nursing profession--to deliver quality care that provides optimum support for the health, safety and rights of patients.

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Politics and Policy: The Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare supports state and federal legislation that advances the Nurse Alliance agenda of quality, safe staffing, health and safety standards, and healthcare workforce development. We promote solutions to the crisis in care, which includes a looming nursing shortage.

Good healthcare policy happens when practicing RNs are sitting at political and policy-making tables as effective partners with a strong, clear agenda. SEIU RNs advocate for more and more political involvement from nurses, with a current focus on healthcare reform implementation.

Growth: SEIU RNs actively support nurses and other healthcare workers who want to organize a union. We reach out, connect and share our experience, strength and hope, person to person.

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Member Strength: SEIU RNs believe that direct engagement and involvement of all of our SEIU Healthcare Sisters and Brothers, expands our activism, develops our leadership, and advances the mission of quality healthcare.

We provide vibrant, nurse-driven programs; that integrate plans and implementation at the Division and Local Union level to accomplish strategic goals.

Workforce Development: SEIU RNs are partnering with employers, government, communities, and schools to advance the careers of incumbent healthcare workers and to counter the triple threat of a severe nursing shortage, the retirements of many RNs, and an aging population; and to make sure everyone has access to quality care. We come to the table to make sure that training and upgrading programs are worker and family friendly.

Unity: SEIU RNs are committed to working with nurses throughout the profession to achieve real solutions for quality patient care.

2010 Nurse Alliance Quality Committees Program

Health & Safety Committee

  • Moving Safe Patient Handling legislation at the federal level
  • Supports Locals in establishing Health and Safety Committees with model contract language
  • Led an assertive agenda related to H1N1, dealing with such issues as employers testing workers for immunization titers, etc.
  • Helped pass the new airborne illness standard in California
  • Addresses emerging trends and shares knowledge

Workplace Quality Committee:

  • Supports staffing ratios legislation, while also addressing the issue of staffing in other ways, e.g. contract language on staffing policy, data on quality outcomes and staffing, relating staffing to never events and reimbursement
  • Supports Locals in establishing Workplace Quality Committees and adds members of those committees to the national Workplace Quality Committee
  • Share best practices and lessons learned; monitors emerging initiatives and trends
  • Interact with the Policy & Politics Committee and the Leadership Committee to support and integrate common goals around Quality and Workforce issues.

Public Sector Committee

  • Focuses on workplace violence with updates and continuing education programs; fact sheets and talking points on state and federal legislation; and model contract language.
  • Advocates for public healthcare systems and safety net funding and support.

Health Information Technology Committee

  • Developing HIT Toolkit for Locals with model contract language; information on legal rights, impact on patients and nurses, information requests, demand to bargain, surveys, and CE program.
  • Promoting direct care nurses as part of the process at the federal tables.
  • Bridging tech savvy younger nurses to seasoned nurses who understand processes through HIT Committees at the national, Local and facility level.

Policy & Politics

  • Develops and implements a Nurse Alliance federal legislative agenda
  • Providing a new-hire RN orientation on nursing policy and political action
  • Monitoring inventory of SEIU RNs who hold political office, including city or borough councils. On the look-out for races Local nurses can run and win.
  • Drafting an in-depth tutorial on the opportunities for quality initiatives to inform Nurse Alliance state and federal policy.

Training & Education

  • Provide guidance to Locals on engaging RNs and building the union, by incorporating training and education in the manner best suited to each Local
  • Publicize relevant, interesting, and accessible best practices, including how to fund, how to bargain, and how to set up structures for training and education
  • Define a position on long term supply and demand needs v. cyclical ups and downs of a nursing shortage; in order to address workforce needs
  • Build a bridge from the Nurse Alliance leadership structure to our rank-and-file nurses and not-yet-union nurses through training and education; offer CE programs at the local and national level
  • Refine our position on the BSN requirement for practice to make this an achievable goal for every RN, using state legislation as the vehicle for our position; and addressing impact of the BSN requirement on people of low income and minorities.
  • Research opportunities in state and federal legislation that would enable more bedside nurses to become nursing instructors. Testify on issues relating to training and education as needed.
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