More than 300 nurses attended the October 25–27 Nurse Alliance of SEIU Leadership Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. SEIU Local 121RN nurses participated in sessions and plenaries focused on improving healthcare and exploring how nurses can become a voice for social change and justice.
At this conference, our own SEIU Local 121RN President Gayle Batiste, RN, CNOR, was re-elected to the Alliance’s Executive Committee.
“In the face of the rapid changes to healthcare in this country, those of us on the front lines of patient care must use our collective voice to promote patient and nurse safety as well as quality, affordable and accessible healthcare. With my re-election to this seat on our SEIU Nurse Alliance Executive Committee, I will continue to bring our SEIU Local 121RN nurses’ voices to the forefront as this body advocates for sensible national policies that impact us and our patients,” said Batiste.
On the first day of the conference, RNs and other healthcare professionals from Houston to Puerto Rico held a Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., meeting with legislators and their staff to advocate for:
- Safe staffing levels
- An end to workplace violence
- Fully funded Medicaid
- Healthcare for 9 million children
- Resources at our hospitals
- A stabilized healthcare market
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SEIU Local 121RN President Gayle Batiste (far right) as she visits California’s newest Congressman Jimmy Gomez (D-34) during our Nurse Alliance Lobby Day. They are joined by SEIU Local 121 staff members Rosanna Mendez and Frank Torres.