2011 News

Making connections: MNA members bring your concerns to Washington and Beacon Hill


From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
June/July 2011 Edition

More than a dozen MNA members from the 10th Congressional District met with their new congressman, Bill Keating, at the Region 3 office in Sandwich. Members from Boston Medical Center, Quincy Medical Center, Jordan Hospital, Tobey Hospital, Brockton Hospital, Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital discussed the challenges they face in their facilities to provide safe patient care and federal legislation the MNA is working on through National Nurses United.  

MNA members from Taunton State Hospital met with Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset) to discuss adequate funding for Department of Mental Health facilities. From left, Melissa McDonald, Bill Fyfe, Ellen Farley, Haddad, Paulette Moulding and Michael Moulding.   MNA members met with newly-elected Rep. Donald Wong (R-Saugus) to discuss the MNA legislative agenda. From left, Jessica Souza, Cambridge Health Alliance; Donna Kelly-Williams, MNA President, Wong, Cathy Evlog, retired from Chelsea Soldier’s Home; and Brian Costin, North Shore Labor Council delegate.
On May 12, MNA members met with freshman Rep. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) to discuss the MNA’s legislative agenda. From left, Bill Swallow, RN, UMass-Memorial; Peg Robbins, RN, UMass-Memorial; Fattman; Beth Brennan, RN, St. Vincent Hospital; and Lucy Ann Swenson, RN, UMass-Memorial.   Sen. Jen Flanagan (D-Leominster), a strong MNA ally and legislative leader on issues relating to school nurses and the protection of in-patient psychiatric services, joined MNA members at the Region 2 office for a fun-filled event on April 25. From left, Pat Mayo, RN; Beth Amsler, RN; Flanagan; and Lynne Starbard, RN.