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Have a nursing issue? Contact your Statewide Nurses Committee

By KATE MOSTACCIO

The PEF Statewide Nurses Committee (SWNC) serves as a place for nurses to share issues in the workplace that need to be addressed.

Carolyn Cole, a registered nurse for 38 years and currently a community health nurse with the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, chairs the committee.

“The SWNC is a committee that was developed to represent all facets of the nursing workforce,” she said. “Members represent hospitals, institutions, correctional facilities and community. We come together with all the diff concerns nurses are facing in their workplace. Every area is unique.”
The committee collects information and works to come up with a collaborative plan to execute and gain the best defense for the profession, Cole said.

“I’ve been on Lobby Day many, many times,” said said. “I know that the power is by the voice. I know nurses need to come together. We have developed this committee so they feel like they have a voice and their concerns can be raised.”

The committee has also been working to set up regional nurses committees. To contact a SWNC member, visit the PEF website here.