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Oregon Nurses Association, (ONA) in the USA has signed the Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World.

ONA, comprising of nearly 11,000 registered nurses, focuses on issues relating to cost of health care, provision of nursing care by nurses in all roles, and creation of a coherent and effective health care system through past and present health policy efforts.

Bruce Humphrey ONA
Bruce Humphrey,
President, ONA
Susan King ONA
Susan King,
Executive Director, ONA

The action report, submitted by ONA's Cabinet on Human Rights, Ethics, Practice & Research, proposing the participation of the association in the Nightingale Declaration, states: "While ONA’s members participate in actions at the level of their work place and the state, it is important that ONA’s members also participate in global initiatives which remind the world of the presence and importance of nurses to the solutions faced in global health care."

"Participation as a signatory of this declaration would further ONA’s efforts in this area and would visibly demonstrate professional nursing citizenship at a global level."


Commenting on the ONA initiative, Barbara Dossey, a renowned nursing leader and co-director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH): "The action report could be a model for other state and provincial organizations to follow."

Bruce Humphrey, President of ONA, since 2006, graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Central Oregon Community College, (COCC) in 1986.  He went on to further his nursing education and received a BSN in 1996 from Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU).  

Humphrey served two terms on the Oregon Nurses Association Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare during the early 1990’s.  Currently employed as a registered nurse at St. Charles Medical Center, Bend, Oregon, he has worked in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory from 1986 to present. Before his current role as ONA President, Humphrey served as an ANA delegate since 1996 and was a member of the ONA Board of Directors from 1997-2005. 

Susan King, RN, MSN is the Executive Director of Oregon Nurses Association, a position she has held for four years.  Prior to that, she was ONA's Administrator for Professional Services where her program areas was health legislation, regulation and nursing practice.  She received her MSN from Oregon Health & Sciences School of Nursing. 

King has had extensive experience in influencing health policy within the state and nationally.  In her current role, she provides leadership in ONA, staffs the Board of Directors, and sets the direction for collaboration and outreach to many health-related entities in the state.  She also is a board member of the Oregon Center for Nursing and serves on the Patient Safety Commission in the state. She maintains an active clinical practice in an emergency room of a large hospital in Portland, Oregon.

For more information about ONA, go to: http://www.oregonrn.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=3

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In 2008 & 2009, Asoka Roy’s family created a Platinum Sponsorship of the Nightingale Declaration Campaign to honor the memory of their sister — a pioneering nurse & midwife in both India & the United States. Projects developed from this contribution included an India-wide outreach of the Nightingale Declaration dedicated to Asoka’s memory.
See: An Indian Nightingale
Generous Support of Drs. Rustum & Della Roy