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Hillary Clinton wins support from US nurses

America's largest nurse association backs Hillary Clinton for president

America’s largest nursing organisation has announced its support for Hillary Clinton to become United States president.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) represents 3.4 million nurses. ANA president Pamela F. Cipriano said: ‘Hillary Clinton has been a nurse champion and healthcare advocate throughout her career and believes empowering nurses is good for patients and good for the country.’

‘We need a president who will make it a priority to transform the country’s healthcare system into one that is high quality, affordable and accessible.’

‘Nurses ensure the delivery of quality health care to patients, families and society,’ said Ms Cipriano. ‘By supporting efforts to improve nurses’ work environments, Hillary Clinton shows she understands the impact nursing has on patient outcomes and the quality of care.’  

Ms Clinton has pledged to protect the Affordable Care Act. She has also said she will reduce the cost of prescription medicines, address the looming nursing shortage and advocate taking mental health as seriously as physical health.

As a senator, Ms Clinton helped create grants that increased the number of hospitals endorsed by the ANA. She also supported increased funding for higher education training for nurses and programmes to attract trainee nurses, including improving nurses' work environments.

As first lady, she helped to create the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program, which now provides health coverage to 8 million children. 

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