ANA HOD Nurses Begin Their Work, Honor Colleagues

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On the first day of ANA’s House of Delegates (HOD), nearly 450 nurses began to discuss key issues important to nurses, from ensuring appropriate staffing to protecting RNs who are handling hazardous drugs. In her opening remarks, ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, noted the significance of June 15 in ANA’s history. Specifically, on this day in 1893, Isabel Hampton Robb organized the nurses’ meeting at the International Congress of Charities, Correction and Philanthropy during the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where the Society of Superintendents of Training Schools, the predecessor of ANA, was founded.

“It took courage for early leaders like Isabel Hampton Robb to step forward at a time when women – and nurses – had very little societal power,” Daley said. She called on nurse delegates to continue to work together with a common vision of serving members and strengthening the profession.

Through a ceremony known as The Nightingale Tribute, nurses honored Past President Jo Eleanor Elliott, MA, BSN, RN, FAAN, and other nurse colleagues who have died.

Nurses also have had the opportunity to make donations onsite at the HOD to celebrate their colleagues through the American Nurses Foundation’s Honor a Nurse program.