Nancy Hughes Awarded the 2007 International Sharps Injury Prevention Award

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The International Sharps Injury Prevention Society selected Nancy Hughes, MS, RN, to receive the 2007 International Sharps Injury Prevention Award.
Hughes’ key accomplishments in leading efforts on sharp injury prevention include: the Safe Needles, Saves Lives campaign, the 2006-2007 Best Practices in Seasonal Influenza Immunization campaign, as well as working on issues related to workplace violence, work-related fatigue and environmental health.

Nancy L. Hughes, MS, RN is the Director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health of the American Nurses Association (ANA). She has held numerous positions in nursing and healthcare prior to joining ANA, including: as obstetrical staff nurse, an emergency department staff nurse, inpatient nurse manager, internal medical auditor, employee health nurse and director of occupational health responsible for employee health and safety/industrial hygiene in a major health system with 10,000 employees.

Hughes holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Scranton in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wilkes University.

“It is an honor to be recognized for any contribution I have made, to the important work we all have to do to make the workplace safer for registered nurses, all health care workers and ultimately a better experience for patient’s when there are solutions to these very serious workplace injuries,” remarked Nancy L Hughes, MS, RN.

The International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) is an international group comprised of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, health organization, health care professionals, medical waste disposal experts, hospitals, insurance industry, managed care organizations, alternate site providers, correction officials, law enforcement personnel and others that have joined forces to provide education, information, and product knowledge that will help reduce the number of sharp injuries that occur each year.