President Steve Rooney, RN
Stephen Rooney, RN, of Oregon was elected as the President of the National Federation of Nurses (NFN) on May 17, 2013 during the national NFN Federation Assembly. Rooney, who practices as an Intensive Care nurse at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon and is teh immediate past president of the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA).
Rooney said, “Working with my colleagues from Washington, Montana, Ohio,and Oregon to advance the mission of the NFN is one of the great honors of my life. I am humbled by the support of my colleagues and am excited to be a part of this historic union, a national union that holds among its most sacred values openness, transparency, respect for state autonomy and collaboration.”
The NFN and its four member states recently voted to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), one of the largest unions of professionals in the United States. Rooney will play a key leadership role in forging the details of the historic partnership between the NFN and AFT.
“Nurses and teachers face enormous challenges and opportunities; the implications of the Affordable Care Act on the scope of our nursing practice and on the delivery of care throughout our nation, the creation of strong and sensible health care policies for all and, my greatest priority as we move into the next stage of our evolution, working with AFT to organize and expand the reach, voice and influence of this national union I am so proud to be a part of,”