Our Governing Documents

The National Federation of Nurses exists to strengthen and assist member associations, and to establish and implement an effective national labor agenda that supports and advances the economic and general welfare, workplace conditions and practice of registered nurses through collective bargaining and shared decision-making. Our goal is ultimately to create a strong and stable nursing workforce, and improve health care delivery in the United States.

Core Covenants

The National Federation of Nurses:

  1. Believes registered nurses are best represented for collective bargaining by a union of registered nurses;
  2. Takes direction from its member associations;
  3. Is driven by broad based principles of democracy, collaboration, social justice and equity;
  4. Ensures transparency and open continuous communication between the National Federation of Nurses and the member associations;
  5. Respects the sovereignty of each member association;
  6. Requires mutual accountability between and among the National Federation of Nurses and its member associations;
  7. Is representative of the interests of the member associations and their memberships;
  8. Reflects the philosophy and will of the member associations;
  9. Provides mutual support between and among the member associations;
  10. Supports organizing as the primary means of growth;
  11. Encourages no-raid agreements with other unions;
  12. Does not engage in any activity that threatens the existence, growth, and viability of the National Federation of Nurses and the member associations; and
  13. Respects the jurisdictional boundaries of the member associations.

Download the full text of our 2015 Constitution.
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