ANA Representatives Attend Nurses-Only White House Gathering

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ANA board members Kim Armstrong , BSN, RNC, and Cindy Balkstra, MS, RN, CNS-BC, along with American Nurse Today Editor-in-Chief Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, were among a group of nurse organization representatives who had the honor of attending an exclusive nurses-only gathering at the White House on Wednesday, June 13.  The event focused on efforts to improve care quality and patient health through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

ANA representatives were able to communicate with White House staff about the association's position on improving health care quality and provided White House officials with ANA's recently issued Care Coordination position statement.

"This was a unique opportunity to share case examples and recommendations with White House staff about ways nurses can advance care and health, as well as articulate where we need their help to remove barriers that will allow greater access to nursing care for people who need our help," said Cipriano. "It underscores the importance of nursing's voice and role in the transformation of care."

One of the event highlights was an all-nurse panel discussion featuring esteemed nurse experts from academia, the federal government, and the non-profit sector.
Facilitated by Carole Johnson, senior policy advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Council, each panelist presented an innovative method of health care supported by the ACA that has demonstrated reduced costs and improved quality. Panelists included:

  • Mary Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN
    University of Pennsylvania

  • Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN
    University of Mississippi

  • Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, c-FNP
    Community Health Center, Inc.

  • Ellen Marie Whelan, PhD, NP, RN
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Other White House staff in attendance included Cecilia Munoz of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Liz Fowler from the White House National Economic Council.