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Federal nurses: Making sacrifices to protect our freedom

Last month, we celebrated Memorial Day to commemorate those who have courageously sacrificed their lives in military service to our great nation. In tribute to our service members in uniform, who have made great sacrifices while protecting our freedom, we asked Colonel John S. Murray, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, President of the Federal Nurses Association (FedNA), to tell our readers about FedNA.

What is FedNA?
Established in 1999, FedNA is the 54th constituent member of the American Nurses Association (ANA). ANA and the uniformed services have a proud history of collaboration, and FedNA serves as a reminder that this collaboration remains vital. Through FedNA, federal nurses have the opportunity to provide leadership via an avenue in their own professional association.

Who are FedNA members?
FedNA members are active-duty nurses serving in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, and Public Health Service world­wide. They represent a multitude of clinical, academic, research, and executive leadership backgrounds.

What is an example of a core initiative of FedNA?
Promoting interaction with civilian colleagues and nursing organizations on common issues and interests is important to FedNA. Since 2005, FedNA has played a key leadership role in promoting and advancing workplace advocacy initiatives at the state, federal, and international levels through Congressional efforts, publications, and presentations at professional meetings (including the Center for American Nurses’ LEAD Summit 2008). Improving working conditions for nurses around the world is a particular interest.
To learn more, visit www.fedna.org.

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