November 5, 2010
Ten years ago, I was proud to attend the signing ceremony for the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act in the Oval Office of the White House. It was a great day to stand with President Clinton, Health and Human Services Secretary Shalala, members of Congress, and other advocates who had worked diligently to improve the safety of nurses’ work environments.
The law has made many workplaces safer, and I am gratified to know that needlestick injuries have been prevented as a direct result of our efforts. Yet, as we mark this milestone, we know too many health care professionals are still at risk of a sharps injury and that more work needs to be done.
That is why, on this 10th anniversary of the passage of federal legislation, the American Nurses Association is re-launching a campaign to educate nurses about the law and what can be done to prevent needlestick injuries. Please take a moment to listen to my story and visit ANA’s Safe Needles Save Lives website to find out more about how you can join in this important work.
Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
American Nurses Association
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