Health Care Rally Today: Nurses to Champion Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire Before First-in-Nation Presidential Primary

Nurses from Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire will get out the vote on Feb. 6 in Salem, NH, spreading word about the Vermont Senator's support of nurse values

Feb 06, 2016, 07:00 ET from Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United

CANTON, Mass., Feb. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU) nurses who support Bernie Sanders for his values on health care and other social and environmental justice issues will join health care workers from across New England on Saturday at a Health Care Rally for the U.S. presidential candidate.

What: A get-out-the-vote rally of health care workers and canvassing effort

When: Saturday, Feb. 6  at 11 a.m.

Where: 254 N. Broadway, #113, Salem, NH

Who: Available for media interviews will be registered nurses from throughout Massachusetts, including Karen Higgins, RN at Boston Medical Center and National Nurses United Co-President, and Patricia Healy, RN at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston

Karen Higgins will be speaking at the rally along with Mari Cordes, RN at the University of Vermont Medical Center, and Cokie Giles, RN, president of the Maine State Nurses Association and vice president of National Nurses United.

NNU, which represents some 185,000 nurses from California to Florida, became the first national union to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders last August. NNU nurses have been campaigning across the U.S. for months and last Monday night celebrated Sanders' dramatic finish in Iowa. Saturday's rally kicks off a final push for MNA/NNU nurses ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9. Nurses will be on the ground in the Granite State through Tuesday night.

"Bernie Sanders shares our values by saying that health care is a right, and by continuing to champion single payer healthcare," Higgins said. "Bernie's challenge to all of us has been to get involved in a grassroots movement that transforms America. Nurses have taken up that challenge. If we stand together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish."

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.

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