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ANA In Brief: February 2020 Frontline

Nurses declared most honest, ethical for 18 years straight

The American Nurses Association (ANA) con-gratulates nurses for maintaining the #1 spot in Gallup’s annual Most Honest and Ethical Professions Poll for the 18th consecutive year. The American public rated nurses the highest among a host of professionals, including medical doctors, dentists, and pharmacists. Nurses taking the top spot in  Gallup’s most recent poll comes as ANA celebrates the “Year of the Nurse” in 2020, which was designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

“I am extremely proud that nurses everywhere have been bestowed this wonderful accolade by the people whose lives they touch every day,” said ANA President Ernest Grant, PHD, RN, FAAN. “The fact that nurses have been consistently voted the most honest and ethical professionals is a testament to their commitment to patients and the greater good. We’ll work hard to keep their good faith throughout 2020 and beyond. I couldn’t think of a better way to enter into the Year of the Nurse.”

According to the poll, 85% of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high.” The second highest-rated professionals, engineers, were rated 19 percentage points behind nurses.

“Gallup announcing nurses as the most trusted profession is not only another reason to celebrate nurses during the Year of the Nurse, but also an opportunity to shine a light on this noble profession,” said Grant.

“This milestone celebration offers a platform to raise the visibility of nurses and increase the capacity of the nursing workforce. Nurses occupy many roles in our society and are on the frontlines when it comes to immunizations, natural disaster preparedness, shaping health policy, and advocacy. For this  reason, nurses are critical in improving the landscape of health and healthcare because an effective health-care system is one that values all nurses.”

ANA will promote inclusivity and wide engagement of all nurses throughout the Year of the Nurse. This includes expanding National Nurses Week to a month-long celebration to elevate and celebrate the profession with all nurses and the public. Learn more at pages.nursingworld.org/yearofthenurse.

New innovation podcast spotlights untapped nurse potential

The American Nurses Association (ANA) together with Johnson & Johnson launched SEE YOU NOW, a podcast that shines a light on the nurses challenging the status quo as change catalysts in health and innovation. The podcast premiered January 28 to kick off the Year of the Nurse in 2020.

“Nurses combine hands-on patient experience, resourcefulness, and innate innovative mindsets that need to be broadly recognized, harnessed, and celebrated,” said Lynda Benton, senior director of corporate equity at Johnson & Johnson. “SEE YOU NOW aims to bring insights gained by nurses through direct patient care and across all aspects of the healthcare system to a broader audience, sparking ideas for future innovations in listeners wherever they may be in their careers and around the world.”

SEE YOU NOW will prompt listeners to see nurses as they may never have before—as leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs with the power to improve patient care and help strengthen health systems. The podcast is host-ed by nurse economist and tech enthusiast, Shawna Butler, MBA, RN.

“Nurses are actively creating new solutions to redesign care delivery to meet the emerging needs of people and communities across the healthcare continuum,” said ANA Vice President of Innovation Oriana Beaudet, DNP, RN, PHN. “SEE YOU NOW acknowledges nurses’ rich his-tory of effecting change and showcases the indisputable impact of the nursing profession on the world we live in.”

SEE YOU NOW is available for download on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify. For more information, visit seeyounowpodcast.com and follow the social conversation at #SeeYouNow.

ANA Enterprise CEO among healthcare’s most influential

ANA Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, hasbeen named one of Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” This awards and recognition program honors individuals in healthcare who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in the field.

Modern Healthcare also honored Cole on its 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives list earlier this year. An accomplished healthcare leader, Cole was appointed as the ANA Enterprise CEO in 2018 and is active in many professional organizations. Previously, she served as the American Nurses Credentialing Center executive director and executive vice president, president of the Virginia Nurses Association, and currently is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” honorees come from all sectors of healthcare, including hospitals, health systems, insurance, government, vendors and suppliers, policy, and trade and professional organizations. Cole and fellow honorees are highlighted in the December 9, 2019, print edition of Modern Healthcare and online at ModernHealthcare.com.

ANA President Grant shares perspective in Men in Nursing campaign 

American Nurses Association (ANA) President Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, officially kicked off the Year of the Nurse with a live interview January 14 on NPR’s 1A program. Grant and ANA Past President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, shared insights on the state of nursing today, the challenges of the profession and the value of nurses. Listen to the program and share the link (the1a.org/shows/2020-01-14/calling-the-shots-in-the-year-of-the-nurse-and-midwife) with colleagues, friends, and via your social media channels.

The ANA Enterprise is elevating and celebrating the essential, robust contributions of nurses as the world recognizes 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse.” By highlighting the vital role of nurses, we aim to spur expanded investment in education, practice, and research, as well as increase the number of nurses who serve in leadership positions.

Despite the high regard of the public, nurses are wholly underrepresented in media coverage of health care issues. Additionally, many myths and misperceptions about nursing persist. To help address this, we are asking nurses to share their stories, photos, and videos with ANA to help us communicate a contemporary and accurate view of nurses and the critical work we do.

Be sure to visit ANA’s Year of the Nurse webpage for the official Year of the Nurse logo and updates on future activities.

ANA book Nurses Making Policy receives accolades

Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Boardroom, co-published by ANA and Springer Publishing Company, was named a 2019 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing. The book, edited by ANA Past President Rebecca Patton, DNP, RN, CNOR, FAAN; former ANA Board Member and American Nurses Foundation Chair Margarete Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN; and Ruth Ludwick, PhD, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, FAAN, is a practical how-to guide written to help advanced students and nurse leaders develop health policy competencies to advocate for patients from the bedside to the larger political arena.

The book examines the pivotal role of nurses involved in health policy, making it an essential resource for nurses pursuing advanced education and desiring
to enhance their expertise in making policy and facilitating change.

Read more at download.lww.com/wolterskluwer_vitalstream_com/PermaLink/AJN/A/AJN_2019_12_04_AJN_0_SDC1.pdf.

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