Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals

We are the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (VFNHP), Local 5221. We represent over 2,000 nurses and health professionals at the University of Vermont Medical Center.







Our goal is to provide safe, effective, high-quality healthcare to members of the community. By empowering our members to speak out and become agents of change in our working environments, we are able to achieve this goal.

Our members are not only involved in the hospital setting, but also provide hands-on care to our extended communities in times of need. We are active members in policy-making decisions with the formation of laws affecting our professional practice and the communities we serve, at the state as well as the federal level.

Latest News

Moral Injury Among Nurses

The current AFT healthcare journal features a discussion about the impact of moral injury on nurses.  This is especially resonant in the time of COVID.  Moral injury describes the challenge of simultaneously knowing what care patients need but being unable...

Technologists vote yes

Contact: Heather Riemer, AFT-VT, 802-343-1705,  Thursday, April 1, 2021- Imaging Technologists at Vermont’s largest Hospital, the University of Vermont Medical Center, voted overwhelmingly to join the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health...

New Members

As a union member, you are legally recognized to have specific rights and protections that you would otherwise not have as an “at will” employee. This protection comes in many forms and is outlined in your union contract. Our first union contract was one of the best health care ‘first contracts’ in the country, and through collective bargaining and an active membership, we have continued to improve upon it.

RN/LPN/APRN Contract

Technical Professionals Contract

Membership Card

Unit Staffing Collaboratives

Unit Staffing Collaboratives are a formal process of systemic evaluation of clinic and unit staffing practices.  VFNHP members and the hospital analyzed data from each clinical area and developed staffing proposals to optimize patient care and unit operations.  The resulting final plans will exist in the contract and continue to be refined through the interaction of the individual USCs and the Staffing Committee.

Unit Staffing Plans

Article 20B

We are a strong union of health care professionals organized to ensure access to high-quality health care for everyone in the communities we serve.

Call: (802) 657-4040

Fax: 802.871.5946


Address: 121 Park Avenue #10 Williston, VT 05495