ANA President, Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

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Dr. Daley, who is serving her second two-year term as president of the American Nurses Association, spent more than 26 years as a staff nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  She is past president of the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and the Massachusetts Center for Nursing. She served as a member of ANA’s Board of Directors (2008-2010) and the American Nurses Association Political Action Committee.  As a vocal and nationally recognized advocate for legislation mandating the use of safer needle devices in health care practice settings, Daley was invited to the Oval Office to witness President Bill Clinton sign the “Needlestick Safety Prevention Act” into law in November 2000. She also has been recognized for her outstanding leadership and excellence in practice, including being honored as a living nursing legend by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses.  In 2006, she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her advocacy work in needlestick prevention.  Five years later in 2011, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare