Massachusetts Nurses Association Endorses Local Nurse and Army Veteran for West Springfield Town Council
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the state's largest union and professional association for registered nurses and health care professionals, announces its endorsement of Lida Francoeur for a seat on the West Springfield Town Council. Ms. Francoeur is pursuing the District 2 Town Council seat, which she previously held.
"We need more nurses like Lida at all levels of government," said MNA President and Cambridge Hospital RN Donna Kelly-Williams. "Lida will bring the skills she has learned as both a nurse and a veteran to the West Springfield Town Council: Crisis management, flexibility and the ability to advocate for what is right."
"I am really grateful for MNA's endorsement," Francoeur said. "The MNA is a highly professional organization that not only cares about nurses' well-being, but their patients as well. This is evident by the safe patient limits initiative that is currently underway to ensure every Massachusetts hospital patient gets the safe care they deserve. As a daughter of a union teacher and carpenter, I love being an active member of the MNA and will continue to do so while bringing my family's positive union ethics to the District 2 Councilor position."
Ms. Francoeur has worked as a registered nurse in Radiology, the Operating Room and the Emergency Department and is a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) for the Commonwealth. She is an army veteran who served in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ms. Francoeur previously held the District 2 Town Council seat from 2010-2016.
Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is 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.
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