In her first address as chief executive officer of ANA on Friday, Marla Weston, PhD, RN, praised the contributions of past, visionary nurse leaders who planted the seeds that established ANA and state nurses associations as influential advocacy organizations. And she told nurse participants of this year's House of Delegates (HOD) that they are now planting seeds that will further contribute to the profession of nursing.
Weston also outlined some of ANA’s wide-ranging work, including its recent and ongoing efforts around health care reform; safe staffing; the building of nurses’ political skills through its newly established American Nurses Advocacy Institute; and its strong quality initiatives, such as the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators®, a resource which will only continue to help nurses demonstrate nursing's ability to make a difference in patient outcomes.
Weston also spoke of ANA’s health promotion efforts, such as its "Bringing Immunity to Every Community" education campaign, as well as its rapid response to events, such as the H1N1 epidemic and the Haiti earthquake.
"This all doesn’t happen in Washington, DC, or Silver Spring, MD," Weston said. "It happens because of you -- and all of us working together."
In closing she quoted Florence Nightingale, who once advised: "So, never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard seed germinates and roots itself."
In other events, more nurses were recognized by ANA for their significant contributions. On Friday, five nurses were inducted into ANA’s Hall of Fame: Nettie Birnbach, EdD, RN, FAAN; the late John F. Garde, MS, CRNA, FAAN; Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN; Ada K. Jacox, PhD, RN, FAAN; and the late John Devereaux Thompson, MS, RN.
And, delegates approved several measures, including one that addresses advance practice registered nurses' ability to sign and certify home care plans and others related to changes in ANA's bylaws.
More detailed information will appear in the upcoming issue of The American Nurse.