American Nurses Association (ANA) President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, will be honored by the Massachusetts Health Council (MHC) for outstanding contributions to improving and protecting the health of Massachusetts residents.
Daley, a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and the Massachusetts Center for Nursing, will be recognized for her work as a tireless advocate for legislation mandating the use of safer needle devices in health care practice settings. In 1998, Daley contracted Hepatitis C and the HIV/AIDS virus after suffering an accidental needlestick injury while working in the emergency department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Since then, Daley has traveled the world to raise awareness about the importance of needlestick prevention. As a result of her efforts, she was invited to the Oval Office to witness President Clinton sign the "Needlestick Safety Prevention Act" into law on November 6, 2000.
The Massachusetts Health Council works to promote healthy lifestyles and create healthier communities throughout the state. The annual awards honor individuals who exemplify this goal.