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ANA Enterprise News, September 2021


Accelerating nursing, transforming healthcare: New research from J&J, ANA, and AONL

Nurses should leverage the leadership positions they moved into during the pandemic to drive organizational transformation, according to a report released on July 22 by Johnson & Johnson (J&J). 

The report, “Accelerating nursing, transforming healthcare,” compiled the results of quantitative and qualitative research conducted to evaluate the impact of the pandemic on the nursing profession. The research was conducted as part of a partnership between the American Nurses Association (ANA), J&J, and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership.

According to J&J, the report will help define a progressive path forward for nursing, ultimately strengthening care delivery and elevating the role of nurses as change agents and innovative, transformative healthcare leaders.

In 2020, J&J conducted interviews with nurse leaders to derive critical lessons from the pandemic as well as determine next steps and best practices that will be essential to delivering the full potential of the nursing profession for healthcare now and in the
future. The report comprises an executive summary and three chapters of focused exploration.

The executive summary points out that the pandemic allowed many nurses to take on new leadership positions, which showcased their strengths “due to their unique combination of clinical, financial, administrative, and regulatory expertise,” and states that “nurses should continue to occupy positions of leadership even after the pandemic is over; committees, boards, and other leadership initiatives should be staffed with nurses to provide unique and actionable input and guidance.”

The report’s first chapter looks at care delivery, focusing on the changes that enabled nurses to lead amid the pandemic; chapter two explores organizational structure; and the final chapter, “Workforce of the future,” focuses on understanding the changes needed to build a stronger, more diverse nursing workforce to address the evolving needs of patients and support the healthcare systems of the future.

Learn more and explore the research at

COVID-19 Video Education Series addresses timely issues

New videos in the American Nurses Association’s (ANA’s) COVID-19 education series cover topics relevant to the evolving pandemic. The videos, offered in hour-long full versions and shorter “quick videos,” are available to all nurses free of charge. 

“Managing patients with long-term effects of COVID-19: Nursing priorities and interventions” — Most people who’ve had COVID-19 recover completely within a few weeks, but far too many continue to experience symptoms and negative impact after their initial recovery. This includes a variety of possible symptoms, such as cognitive impairment, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, kidney dysfunction, and many others. This topic provides valuable information on nursing care to help these patients recover. 

“Reducing COVID-19 racial disparities” — Black Americans and Native Americans represent a disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths. Nurses are in a key position to have a direct and lifesaving impact on the recognition, care and treatment, and recovery from COVID-19 in these vulnerable populations. Learn how to recognize when there might be implicit bias and advocate for your patients. 

“Boosting vaccine confidence in minority populations” — COVID-19 vaccine engagement and education in minority populations, especially Black nurses and patients, significantly trails the overall population. This webinar covers leading indicators affecting COVID-19 rates in racial and ethnic minority communities; current data on vaccination rates, access, and distribution; the social determinants of vaccine acceptance; and key elements of conversations with patients that will boost confidence in vaccination. 

“Ethical challenges and moral distress” — This series of videos provides insights and tools for coping with the difficult ethical aspects of the pandemic. Topics include how to manage the transition in standards of care from conventional to contingency or crisis standards, strategies for managing scarce resources, and managing moral distress—how to survive the darkest days of the pandemic. 

Access ANA’s free COVID-19 video education at 

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