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Nurses Rank as Most Honest, Ethical Profession for 14th Straight Year (12/21/15)
Nursing continues to be rated the most trusted profession, according to the annual Gallup poll ranking of honesty and ethics in various fields.
Congressional Bill Could Extend Thousands of Nursing Careers by Preventing Injuries (12/16/15)
Today, American Nurses Association (ANA) President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, commended Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) for the reintroduction of the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act, (H.R. 4266/S. 2408). The bill would establish a national occupational safety standard that would eliminate the manual lifting of patients by registered nurses (RNs) and health care workers through the use of modern technology and safety controls.
American Nurses Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center Announce New Staff Leaders (12/7/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) today announced the appointment of Alice Bodley to chief operating officer and Maureen Cones to chief legal officer. In addition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced the promotion of Ellen Lahman to Director of ANCC Governance and International Affairs. The appointments are effective immediately.
ANA President Responds to New Institute of Medicine Report (12/4/15)
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the report, Assessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Report the Future of Nursing.
American Nurses Foundation Awards over $249,000 in Research Grants (12/02/15)
Twenty-eight nurse researchers dedicated to transforming the nation’s health through the power of nursing received more than $249,000 in research grants from the American Nurses Foundation’s 2015 Nursing Research Grants (NRG) Program. The Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA).
ANA and Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Call for Repeal of HIV Criminalization Laws (11/30/15)
As global communities mark Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) are calling for the elimination of outdated HIV criminalization laws in a new position statement.
Nursing Leader Patricia Reid Ponte Appointed Next ANCC President (11/24/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors has appointed Patricia Reid Ponte, a nursing executive, researcher, and educator, the next president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of ANA.
New American Nurses Association Resource Helps RNs Make the Case for Optimal Nurse Staffing (11/23/15)
To achieve quality care, better patient outcomes and financial stability, optimal nurse staffing should be viewed by health care employers as a necessity rather than an option—particularly as health care reforms and new regulations take hold.
American Nurses Association Urges Nurses to Get Flu Vaccination (10/27/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) urges all registered nurses (RNs) to get the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination and to advise their patients to get vaccinated.
American Nurses Foundation Releases American Nurse Documentary Reflection Study Guide (10/6/15)
The American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, today released
The American Nurse: Healing America – A Reflection Guide – The Power of You - The RN for Registered Nurses (Staff RNs and APRNs) and Nurse Leaders
American Academy of Nursing Selects Nurse Leader, Suzanne Bakken, as Distinguished Institute of Medicine Nurse Scholar-in-Residence (9/20/15)
Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, has been chosen as the 2015–2016 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.
ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Responds to Comments on ABC’s “The View" (9/16/15)
Each and every day, the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses provide expert, high-quality and compassionate care, as well as dedicated leadership from the bedside to the boardroom.
American Nurses Association Appoints Freida Hopkins Outlaw, PhD, RN, FAAN, as Consultant to Minority Fellowship Program (9/11/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has named Freida Hopkins Outlaw, PhD, RN, FAAN as the executive program consultant for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program at ANA.
American Nurses Foundation Announces 2015 Honor a Nurse of the Quarter (9/8/15)
The American Nurses Foundation has named Tresia Diaz, RN, as the Nurse of the Quarter for its Honor A Nurse program. Sponsored by Lippincott Solutions and Wolters Kluwer, the program acknowledges nurses who have made a difference in the lives of others.
ANA Sets ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy for Workplace Violence, Bullying (8/31/15)
The nursing profession “will no longer tolerate violence of any kind from any source,” the American Nurses Association (ANA) declared in a new position statement on violence in health care workplaces released today.
ANA, OADN Call for Strategies to Help Nurses Achieve Education Goals (08/24/15)
In an effort to strengthen the ability of nurses to more seamlessly advance their education, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) have developed a new position statement to help nurses meet the diverse needs of patients in an evolving health care system.
American Nurses Association Makes New Recommendation That All Nurses Should Be Immunized Against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (8/20/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is calling for all individuals, including registered nurses (RNs), to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, with the only exemptions being for medical or religious reasons.
American Nurses Association Elects Vice President and other Leaders (7/25/15)
Representatives at the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Membership Assembly elected Ernest James Grant, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN, of the North Carolina Nurses Association, to serve as vice president of the professional association that represents the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses (RNs).
American Nurses Association Calls for Action in Wake of Recent Mass Shootings (7/24/15)
In the wake of recent mass shootings in Lafayette, La., Chattanooga, Tenn. and Charleston, S.C., the American Nurses Association (ANA) today urges President Obama, Congress, and policymakers at the state and local levels to take swift action to develop solutions that will help prevent senseless acts of violence.
American Nurses Association Honors Extraordinary Leadership and High Ethical Standards at 2015 Membership Assembly (7/20/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) will present Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), RN, founder and co-chair of the Congressional Nursing Caucus, with the 2015 President’s Award on Thursday, July 23 during ANA’s Membership Assembly meeting. Capps, who recently announced her retirement from Congress, is being honored for being a champion for nurses during her career as a lawmaker.
American Nurses Association Commends Inclusion of End-of-Life Consultation In Proposed Medicare Payment Rule (7/9/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for including the advance care planning codes in the recently released 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
American Nurses Foundation Announces 2015 Honor A Nurse of the Quarter (7/6/15)
The American Nurses Foundation named Ann Marie Clyatt, BSN, RN, as the Nurse of the Quarter for its Honor A Nurse program.
ANA Applauds Supreme Court Decision in Favor of Marriage Equality (6/26/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds today’s decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Obergefell v. Hodges case in favor of marriage equality.
ANA Executive Director Debbie Dawson Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN on OSHA Action Recognizing Nurses’ Risk of Injury (6/25/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) commends the Obama Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for expanding the focus of OSHA inspections to include musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) related to manual patient handling.
ANA Lauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act Tax Credit Subsidies (6/25/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) lauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by preserving tax credit subsidies that have allowed more than 10 million Americans to obtain health insurance coverage.
American Nurses Foundation Announces Honor A Nurse 2014 Nurse of the Year (6/3/15)
The American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), today named Jennifer Rhoades, RN, of San Jacinto Methodist Hospital as the Honor A Nurse 2014 Nurse of the Year.
ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, On Navy Nurse Force-Feeding Decision (5/13/15)
The American Nurses Association applauds the decision taken by the United States Navy not to pursue further action against the Navy nurse who – based on well-established professional, ethical obligations – chose to discontinue force-feeding detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.
The American Nurses Association Urges Congress to Prevent Nurse Injuries (5/12/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and health care safety experts urged health care employers to implement common-sense, comprehensive programs to protect health care workers from career-ending injuries, and safeguard patients from falls at a briefing today on Capitol Hill.
American Nurses Foundation Announces New Washington-Based Fellowship Fund (5/6/15)
The American Nurses Foundation, the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), today announced a new effort to fund a Washington-based fellowship focused on maximizing nurses’ placement at the highest policymaking tables and engaging and fostering nurses’ policy activism. The effort was inspired by the publication of the book Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Boardroom by editors Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, and Ruth Ludwick, PhD, RN-BC, CNS, FAAN.
Ethical Practice and Quality Care Form Emphasis of National Nurses Week (5/4/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) continues its yearlong focus on ethics in nursing and its connection to the health care work environment and the quality of patient care as the nation celebrates National Nurses Week, May 6-12.
ANA Commends Introduction of the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act (4/29/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) commends Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH) for introducing the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act.
American Nurses Association Highlights Nursing Ethics at Inaugural (4/20/15)
Acting ethically is critical to effective nursing practice and high-quality patient care. To highlight the importance of ethics in the nursing profession, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is convening its inaugural Ethics Symposium this summer to connect nurses with the nation's most influential experts to create a culture of ethical practice, build ethical competencies and resilience, and strengthen the ethical foundation of nursing.
ANA Launches New Resources to Help Nurses Quit Smoking (4/17/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is encouraging registered nurses (RNs) to live tobacco-free lifestyles with the assistance of new resources designed to help nurses serve as health and wellness role models for patients, families and communities.
Medicare Payment “Fix” Includes Key Provisions for Nurses (4/15/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds Senate passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act.
ANA Panel Aims to Prevent Violence, Bullying in Health Care Facilities (4/6/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has convened a panel of experts to make recommendations on preventing and reducing workplace violence, bullying and incivility, behaviors identified by research as particular problems in health care settings.
Medicare Bill Passed by House Would Seek Expanded Use of Nurses’ Services (3/27/15)
A bill passed by the U.S. House March 26 would alter the Medicare payment system to provide incentives for quality, efficiency and innovation, and would include certain registered nurses as part of the incentive payment program.
American Nurses Foundation Welcomes Avantas to New Corporate Advisory Board (3/26/15)
The American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), today announced Avantas, a leading provider of strategic workforce management technology, services and strategies for the health care industry, as the newest member of the Foundation’s Corporate Advisory Board.
ANA Applauds Appointment of Mary Wakefield as Acting Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (3/13/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds the appointment of Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, as acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Wakefield, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, currently serves as the administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an HHS agency.
American Nurses Foundation Appoints Richard A. Hachten II and Thomas J. Healy to Board of Trustees (3/11/15)
The American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has appointed Richard A. Hachten II, FACHE, and Thomas J. Healy to its Board of Trustees.
ANA Applauds Introduction of Legislation Recognizing APRNs’ Ability to Sign Home Health Care Plans for Medicare Patients (3/9/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is asking lawmakers to support the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act (H.R.1342).
ANA Urges Support for Bill to Increase Veterans’ Access to APRNs’ Services (3/4/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds Representatives Sam Graves (R-MO) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) for their leadership in introducing the “Improving Veterans Access to Care Act of 2015.”
Supreme Court Ruling Will Discourage Anti-Competitive Practices Against Nurses (2/27/15)
Statement Attributable to ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN: “The U.S. Supreme Court’s Feb. 25 decision in a state dental board anti-competition case has far reaching implications beyond dentistry and will have a significant, positive impact for nursing practice: it ensures nurses can work to the full extent of their education and training, unrestricted by unlawful anti-competitive interference." Read More
ANA Applauds Introduction of Bill Recognizing APRNs’ Ability to Sign Home Health Plans of Care for Medicare Patients (2/26/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds Senators Collins (R-ME) and Schumer (D-NY) for introducing S.578, the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act of 2015.
American Nurses Foundation Names Stryker Medical As Founding Member of Corporate Advisory Board (2/12/15)
The American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), today announced Stryker Medical, a division of Stryker Corporation, a worldwide leading medical technology company, as a founding member of the Foundation’s Corporate Advisory Board.
ANA Responds to President’s 2016 Budget Proposal (2/4/15)
ANA appreciates the vital investments included in President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget that strengthen the nation’s health care system. However, of great concern is the absence of increased funding that would help address critical faculty shortages and recruit new nurses into the profession.
ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, on Military View of Force-Feeding (2/3/15)
Recent media reports continue to shed light on the ethical issues involved in the force-feeding of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a situation that ANA has been actively monitoring for more than two years.
ANA to Supreme Court: Tax Credits Needed to Ensure Continued Access to Health Care (2/2/15)
ANA joined groups representing health care professionals and community health care centers in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of King v. Burwell in support of tax credit subsidies created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to purchase health insurance.
ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, on President Obama’s State of the Union Address (1/21/15)
ANA appreciates President Obama’s emphasis on the need for continued health care transformation and improvement during last night’s State of the Union address.
Expert Panel Develops Tool to Reduce Costly Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections during Hospital Stays (1/20/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is spearheading an initiative to reduce catheter–associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) — one of the most common and costly infections contracted by patients in hospitals — through an assessment and decision-making tool registered nurses (RNs) and other clinicians can use at the bedside to determine the best way to provide care.
ANA Statement on Resignation of Marilyn Tavenner (1/16/15)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) expresses its sincere appreciation for the work of Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Year of Ethics Commences with First Revision of Code since 2001 (1/6/15)
Making decisions based on a sound foundation of ethics is an essential part of nursing practice in all specialties and settings. In recognition of the impact ethical practice has on patient safety and the quality of care, ANA has designated 2015 as the “Year of Ethics” highlighted by the release of a revised code of ethics for the profession.
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