Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark Nurses’ Week
With Actions to Protect Patients, Public Health Services
Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 11 countries across the globe are holding coordinated actions during International Nurses’ Week to highlight the global efforts to improve patient care protections, oppose cuts in health care services, and stop the erosion of nurses’ workplace and living standards that are under attack in many countries.
The international actions are the latest in a series of actions by member organizations of Global Nurses United which includes leading nurses and health care workers in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe who pledged to work together on patient care, public health, opposing privatization, austerity, and the dangers to public health posed by climate change.
Central themes of GNU members also include working collectively together to guarantee the highest standards of universal healthcare as a human right for all, to secure safe patient care, especially with safe nurse-to-patient ratios, and safe health care workplaces.
“This great series of actions represents the dedication of nurses and other healthcare workers worldwide uniting to protect patients and the health of our nations,” said Karen Higgins, RN, co-president of National Nurses United in the U.S.
“GNU was founded as an activist organization, with the view that our collective movement was critical to challenge the governments and global institutions that promote austerity and cuts in services – and to push for the changes needed for all our communities and nations,” she said.