FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2016
Contact: Joe Markman
CANTON, Mass – The Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU), the state’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses and health care professionals, announced its endorsement and strong support for Joan Meschino, Democratic candidate for the 3rd Plymouth District.
“Joan Meschino is committed to supporting a progressive agenda to create jobs with living wages, while providing citizens with quality health care, education, and housing,” MNA President Donna Kelly-Williams said. “Meschino supports nurses’ values, including safe patient-load limits and putting patients’ needs first. She will also fight for stronger collective bargaining rights for nurses.”
“Joan Meschino has a clear understanding of the vital role nurses play in delivering safe, high-quality patient care,” Kelly-Williams said.
Meschino supports a range of MNA priorities, including adequate funding for community-based health care and staffing required for patient safety. “As a State Representative, Meschino will bring her career experience working for equal rights and social justice to bear on issues that matter for nurses, patients, and quality health care,” Kelly-Williams continued. Meschino added, “While our nurses deliver high quality care, there is still significant work to be done protecting patients’ and nurses’ interests and promoting quality health care.”
Meschino, a lifelong Hull resident, has broad experience in government service. She served as Hull selectman, on the leadership of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, on the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, and as executive director of Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, a public interest, non-profit organization concerned with public policy, including legislation supporting access to equal opportunity and public education.
“We support Joan Meschino because she understands the challenges nurses face and will put patients first,” Kelly-Williams said.
Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the largest professional health care organization and the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. The MNA is a founding member of National Nurses United, the largest national nurses’ union in the United States with more than 170,000 members from coast to coast.