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.
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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.
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.
Technical Professionals Contract
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
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.