The 2017 U.S. Executive Branch and the Congress are taking steps that will have an effect on the health and well-being of all who reside within the borders of the United States, and of all people worldwide. At this moment in history, we call upon nurses to stand together, act to resist that which harms health and well-being, protect those who are harmed, and build coalitions that move toward the ideals we seek. We stand on a long legacy of political activism by nurses that arises from our moral imperative to actively promote public policy that assures social/health equity. Our actions are grounded in the premise that health and well-being depends on healthy environments and just communities. We pledge to join with others to engage in determined action to protect health and justice for all, regardless of age, social/economic circumstance, religion, skin color, race, sexual orientation or gender identity.
1. We believe that health and well-being of mind, body and spirit is a fundamental human right.
As nurses, we are committed to provide care for all people – care that promotes and supports high level wellness, prevention and treatment of injury and disease, and restoration of health when it is compromised.
2. We believe the integrity of our environment is integral to human health and well-being.
We oppose all actions that contribute to damage and erosion of the earth’s ecosystem and the physical structures which we inhabit. We will promote, protect, and support actions toward healthy and sustainable structural and natural environments for all the earth’s inhabitants.
3. We believe that all people deserve access to affordable quality care.
As nurses, we are committed to caring for all patients and families, regardless of economic status, sexual orientation/gender Identities, current immigration status, age, ability to pay, or spiritual/religious beliefs/practices (or lack thereof).
4. We oppose all forms of oppression and discrimination.
We commit to protect and care for those whose safety and well-being is threatened based on gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual identity, physical ability, economic status, or any other attribute seen as “difference.” We will take public stands opposing any attempt to weaken public policies and programs designed to protect health and well-being of those who are disadvantaged. We will fight for policies and programs that assure equality and justice.
5. We oppose intimidation and violence in our homes and communities.
We will act to protect any who are victims of intimidation and violence, particularly those who are vulnerable because of skin color, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. As nurses, we nurture peaceful resolution of conflict and support those who step up to intervene peacefully in situations of threat and danger.
6. We believe that the health of women must be protected.
We will act to assure that all women receive the full range of care that assures their right to control their own reproductive choices as well as all women’s healthcare services needed to maintain their own health and the health of their families.
7. We trust scientific knowledge that supports a wholistic approach to nursing care
We examine all sources of evidence to inform the choices we make in caring for those we serve. We can assure the public that we practice from a firm foundation of sound and reliable scientific evidence. We will take all steps needed to inform the public of the science that supports our practices.
We invite all nurses, and our colleagues who support our values, to join us in declaring these values and actions by signing this declaration. You can add your signature to this document here. We invite you to use this declaration as you wish, and revise to suit your own purposes. Let us know of your actions, follow #nursesresist, and join our Facebook group.
Published January 30, 2017
Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT
Peggy Chinn, RN, PhD, FAAN
Elizabeth Berrey, PhD, RN
Lisa Sundean, RN, MS, PhD Candidate
Adeline Falk-Rafael, PhD, FAAN
Leslie Nicoll, PhD, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
Sue Hagedorn, RN, PhD, FAAN
Thank you to the Cambridge Health Alliance for inspiration!
If you would like to co-sign your name to this declaration, please provide your information using this form. The list of co-signatories will be updated as frequently as possible.
16. Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN
17. Amy D’Agata, PhD, MS, RN
18. Nancy Sullivan, RN, MS, FACNM
19. Janet F. Quinn, PhD, RN, FAAN
20. Betsy L. Zucker, RN, MSN, FNP-C
21. Philip Esterhuizen RN, BA(Cur), MScN, PhD Lecturer
435. Jessica Feinerman Fuentes, RN, MS, CRNP, Penn Medicine
842. Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH, Executive Director, The Truth About Nursing
843. Debra Johnston, RN, HTCP
844. Carmen M Stuart Fennessey, RN
845. Tanya Michelle LAc RN M.Om.
846. Lucia Thornton, ThD, RN, MSN, AHN-BC, Educator, Consultant, Author Holistic and Integrative Nursing and Health
847. Daniel Contreras, RN
848. Marianna Crane
849. Barbara Peirce RN BSN CHPN Hospice & Community Care, Lancaster, PA
850. Deborah Sweeney Wick, RN, CNM, MS
851. Erin Gilmer, Seattle University MSN student
852. Katie Pernick, RN, BSN, current ARNP student
853. Francisca Struve-Entelis, BS, RN
854. Marie Bigas CRNP
855. Kate Dunn, Student Nurse
856. Noreen M. Houck, MS, RN, Associate Professor, SUNY Plattsburgh
857. Susan Petta RN BSN retired Palliative/hospice nurse
858. Martha E Moreno, Community Health RN
859. Laura Tiblier, BSN
860. Sharon Ann Cumbie, PhD, RN, CS, CNE
861. Rebecca Bertram BSN, RN
862. Maureen Oscadal, RN, BSN
863. Jamie Marie Cieplinski RN
864. Suzanne L Dibble, PhD, RN, Professor Emerita
865. helen evenfe RN
866. Nancy Van Varick LPN, LMT, RMT
867. Melanie Frank, RN CPAN
868. Madge E. Buus-Frank DNP, APRN-BC, FAAN
869. Diane C Martins, PhD, RN, Professor, College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island
870. Judith O Heflin
871. Malia Alexander, SU Student Nurse
872. Kevin G. Smith RN
900. Michelle Valdez Lee BSN, RNC-NIC
1000. Marie Manthey, PhD (hon), MNA, FAAN,FRCN
1001. Amy Schmitt RN, BSN, CCM
1002. Donna Shambley-Ebron, PhD, RN
1003. Sarah herrle
1004. Karen Jones Bankston, PhD, MSN, FACHE
1005. Edith Morris, PhD, RN, PPCNP
1006. Patricia Wood RN OHSU
1007. Deborah Larrimore, BSN, RN North Carolina
1008. Martha Turner, PhD, RN-BC
1008. Christine Sitko, BSN Ret
1009. Beth Epstein, PhD, RN
1010. Karla Herres, RN, BSN
1011. Marsha D. Fowler, PhD, MDiv, MS, RN, FAAN
1012. Frances Rieth Ward PhD RN
1013. Erica Foltz, RN
1014. Toia Norris RN BSN
1015. Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN-CNS, Assistant Professor
1016. Kay Higuera Smith, PhD, Director of Religious Studies Program, Azusa Pacific University
1017. Elizabeth Johnston Taylor, PhD, RN, Professor, Loma Linda University School of Nursing
1018. Marianne Hattar-Pollara Ph.D. RN. FAAN
1019. Julia Eszlinger Jensen, R.N, M.A.
1020. Marie Kelly MSN RN-BC
1021. Sheri Jordan, RN Carson Tahoe ER
1022. Susan R. Kelley
1023. Karen S. Langlois, Professor
1024. Pamela H Cone, PhD, RN, CNS, PHN
1025. Erin Raether, RN, Community Health Nurse, Chicago
1026. Nurses for Social Justice collective in Chicago, IL
1027. Mary Anne Bright, EdD, PMHCNS-BC, CBT
1028. Dave A. Cone
1029. Tina Quirk, RN, MS, CCH Homeopath, Academic Director, Academy of Homeopathy Education, NYC
1030. Rev. Ann Hayman
1031. Rev. Mary Kuhns
1032. Joyce S Prudden
1033. Rev. Donna Lee Merz
1034. Rev. Richard Venus
1035. Colleen Donovan-Batson MS, CNM, ARNP
1036.Sue Ellen Braunlin, MD
1037. Elizabeth Acker, SN
1038. Dawn R Garcia, RN, BSN, HNB-BC
1039. Gigi Kalil, RN
1040. Anita C. Stewart, RN, owner “Bridges of the Heart”
1041. Monica Andrusko, BSN, RN, VA Staff nurse, Healing Touch student.
1042. Catherine Harms R.N, PNP, CCHT
1043. Monica Falk, RN, BSN, BA
1044. Rebecca Roe
1045. Audrey Danaher RN MSc
1046. Shelley Canning RN MSN BSc PhD (c)
1047. Quinn Grundy, PhD, RN University of Sydney
1048. Lisa Anderson RN, BSN, Ambulatory Surgery
1049. Nicole Webber MSN, FNP-c, family practice NP
1050. Susan Hohs, BSN,RN
1051. Karen Nickerman Briggs, MSN FNP
1052. Jill Mount, PhD, MSN, BSN
1053. Jane Ellen Birdsong, BSN, FNP Student
1054. Jocelyne Van Neste-Kenny RN(ret), PhD.
1055. Anna Trapani BSN, RN
1056. Regina Trammel, PhD, LCSW
1057. Cindy Rettler RN, BSN
1058. Betty Tate RN MN
1059. Janice Canning BSN, RN Staff Nurse Cranbrook Home and Community Care
1060. Ashley Crockford, BSN, RN, St Joseph General Hospital
1061. Valerie Desharnais RN retired
1062. Julie Kille, RN MSN
1063. Helen Boyd R.N. BScN. M.A., Comox BC
1064. Lori Campbell, RN, BScN
1065. Barbara Mellin, RN Retired
1066. Gail M. Jett, RN, MSN, FNP, WHNP-BC; AHN-BC, LMT, RMT, EEM-AP
1067. Gianina Abenojar
1068. Carolyn Tayler RN BN MSA CON ( C )
1069. Hope Shaw RN, BA, MSN, CNOR, Educator
1070. Rosalitha T. Kennedy, BS, RN, Staff nurse, Kentuckiana Medical Center
1071. Jan Heine RN
1072. Sara Wall, RN, BSN