Ann Converso, RN
UAN President Ann Converso, RN, worked for 30-plus years as an acute medical/surgical and an I.V. therapy nurse at the VA Western New York Healthcare System at Buffalo. Converso became president of the United American Nurses in 2007 following the death of UAN's first president, Cheryl Johnson, and was elected to a full term as UAN president in March 2008. In her role as UAN president, Converso is an articulate advocate for the interests and agenda of UAN staff nurse members and staff nurses nationwide who provide bedside care every day.
Prior to 2007, Converso served as UAN's vice president, a position she was elected to in 2000. In March 2008, Converso was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, the only RN serving on the Council. In 2000, Converso was part of the UAN executive leadership team that paved the way for UAN's historic affiliation with the AFL-CIO.
Converso has been an especially powerful advocate for staff nurses in the federal sector. In her past service on the National VA Partnership Council, the forum for federal labor unions and top VA management, she spoke out strongly on the need to improve working conditions in VA facilities in order to attract and retain registered nurses in the federal system.
Converso’s union work began at the local level, where she was chair of her local bargaining unit. As past-chair of the New York State Nurses Association’s Delegate Assembly of unionized staff nurses, Converso helped lead the push for state legislation promoting needlestick prevention and banning mandatory overtime.
Photo by Lee Balgemann Photographics, 2003.