ANA re-elects Ernest Grant as national president

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Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been re-elected to a second term as the American Nurses Association (ANA) national president. The voting representatives of ANA’s Membership Assembly also elected four members to the nine-member board of directors. Terms of service will begin January 1, 2021.

“It is with great pride, duty, and purpose that I serve nurses, represent nurses, and advocate on behalf of nurses nationwide,” Grant said. “Throughout history, nurses have responded to every public health crisis, marched for civil rights, and provided patients and communities optimal care. As our nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, racism, and health inequities, nurses are once again demonstrating the resolve, compassion, and undisputed skill that defines our distinguished profession. I am forever proud to be a nurse and to serve our profession in the company of other great leaders.”

These ANA members were elected to serve on the board of directors: Director-At-Large Brienne Sandow, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, of the Idaho Nurses Association; and Director-At-Large, Staff Nurse Amanda Buechel, BSN, RN, CCRN, of ANA-Illinois.

The following ANA board members were re-elected: Secretary Stephanie Pierce, PhD, MN, RN, CNE, of the Louisiana State Nurses Association; and Director-At-Large Jennifer Gil, BSN, RN, of the New Jersey State Nurses Association.

Those continuing their terms on the ANA board in 2021 are: Vice President Susan Y. Swart, EdD, MS, RN, CAE, of ANA-Illinois; Treasurer Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, of the Oregon Nurses Association; Director-at-Large Jeff Watson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, of the Texas Nurses Association; and Director-at-Large, Recent Graduate Marcus Henderson, MSN, BSN, RN, of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.

Elected to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee are: Amanda Foster, BSN, RN, of the Arizona Nurses Association; Tonisha Melvin, DNP, CRRN, NP-C, of the Georgia Nurses Association; and MaryLee Pakieser, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, of ANA-Michigan.

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