Legislatively, 2008 was a good year for nursing. In many states, safe nurse staffing laws, mandatory overtime restrictions, and safe patient-handling legislation got the thumbs-up.
A bold call to action: Mobilizing nurses and employers to prevent and address incivility, bullying, and workplace violence
The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partnered to facilitate and coordinate a collective voice of the nursing profession in full support of "Joining Forces,"
With President Obama pledging to reform the healthcare system, ANA leaders are taking part in high-level discussions to
ensure that nurses are represented in the debate.
ANA urges Congress to invest in nursing workforce development. ANA endorses the Nursing School Capacity Act.
In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake on Jan. 12, many nurses felt the urgent need to jump on a plane and hit the ground in Haiti to help treat and comfort the survivors, but were not sure how to go about it.
On February 23, more than 350 educators from top U.S. nursing schools tuned in to view Nursesbooks.org’s one-hour webinar featuring ANA’s popular quality title, Teaching IOM: Implications of the Institute of Medicine Reports for Nursing Education.
Differences in attitudes among physicians and risk managers about revealing medical errors to patients may diminish the effectiveness of such disclosures, according to a new study published in the March 2010 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
Thousands of accidental chemical spills and leaks take place in this country each year. Providing nurses with adequate first-receiver training can help ensure that we can care for contaminated patients without endangering ourselves.
Many experts think a flu pandemic (perhaps the swine flu) is inevitable, underscoring the need for all healthcare workers
to learn how to use respirators properly.
The National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® tracks the care nurses provide, helping to improve nursing practice, patient outcomes, and the work environment.
Bullying is an abusive behavior that threatens the safety of healthcare workers. Nurses should examine their own interactions to see if they are exhibiting this undesirable behavior.
Health care is a high-risk occupation so it is critical all healthcare workers are knowledgeable about the risks they may encounter and steps needed to lessen or avoid certain hazardous conditions.
The latest report from the President’s Cancer Panel was the first to link environmental causes with cancer. It found the country is largely unprotected from preventable exposures because of incomplete and outdated regulations.
With the growing reuse of single-use medical devices, ANA supports improvements in end-of-use product management and research on ethical and safety issues related to these devices.
November 6, 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. ANA’s new president reviews the progress made in reducing bloodborne pathogen exposures over the last decade.
It’s time for nurses to take their own advice so they can model good health practices. ANA’s “Healthy Nurse” program motivates nurses and offers resources to help them get healthy.
The recently launched Initiative on the Future of Nursing seeks to address the challenges facing the nursing profession and to improve healthcare quality and delivery. It’s time for all nurses to get involved in the effort and become part of the change.
By donating to the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), you can help this organization continue to fund nursing research that advances our profession and improves patients’ lives.
Gold standards: ANA and nurse experts promote using national guidelines to inform, intervene with patients
Nurses can help consumers understand and incorporate key healthcare recommendations into their lives.
Technological advances, special equipment, and screening algorithms help healthcare facilities and nurses meet the needs of bariatric patients while reducing worker injury.
The August legislation that raised the debt ceiling was the first round in the government spending debate. Safety-net programs may be on the Congressional chopping block in the future.
By meeting in-person with their congressional representatives, nurses can garner support for the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, which would allow advanced practice nurses to order home health services under Medicare.
ANA recently cohosted a Senate Nursing Caucus briefing to present final results from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, and participated in a healthcare reform conference call with Michelle Obama.
The 112th Congress faces critical decisions on issues affecting healthcare
providers and patients. With so much at stake, now is the time to touch base
with your congressional representatives and ask them to support key legislation.
The Republicans now control the House of Representatives. No matter what policy objectives either party tries to enact, ANA will continue to ensure that the voice of nursing is heard in Congress.
As Congress nears the "fiscal cliff" and the so-called
sequester with its across-the-board spending cuts, ANA will continue to advocate for funding of programs important to nurses.
Higher education bill created new opportunities for nurses and schools; House joins Senate in supporting advanced practice registered nurses in home health.
Some nurses are dissatisfied with the quality of their employment benefits and express low levels of job satisfaction, according to a new study.
Two common conditions caused by hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 people and ramped up health care costs by $8.1 billion in 2006 alone, according to a study released Feb. 22 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
If you’re unsure whether pressure ulcer diagnosis is within an RN’s scope of practice, President Patton provides an answer based on ANA’s Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice.
Nurses in the Department, Veterans Administration, Federal Nurses Association (FedNA), and other groups are collaborating to make sue the healthcare needs of active-duty military personnel and veterans are met.
Family nurse practitioner (FNP) and nurse-midwife Karen Holder, FNP-BC, CNM, MHS, sees patients at a large primary care clinic in Flagstaff, Arizona, as well as at small satellite units in remote communities sprinkled around northern Arizona.
ANA’s House of Delegates recently approved a resolution supporting health
care for all. The author examines the social, economic, and political ramifications of undocumented immigrants’ lack of access to health care.
ANA’s “Bringing Immunity to Every Community” campaign aims to boost RNs’ knowledge of immunization, encourage them to get vaccinated, and position them as leading immunization advocates.
MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and newly emerging “superbugs” are penetrating deeper into both healthcare and community settings. We need to use critical-thinking skills and rigorous infection control practices to outsmart these pathogens.
From reducing medical errors to increasing the quality of care to promoting wellness to improving efficiency and reducing costs, a new survey finds that an overwhelming majority of opinion leaders say nurses should have more influence.
Medicare has reduced its reimbursement for hospital-acquired conditions. Will some hospitals try to offset the shortfall by slashing nurse staffing?
Nursing advocates key in democratic-led Congress. Friends of nursing to assume key roles in Democratic controlled Congress.
To promote optimal patient outcomes, ANA’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators identifies crucial nursing and patient care efforts that affect patient outcomes and safety.
Patton attends ceremonies to celebrate opening of 110th congress. ANA wants YOU! Apply to N-PAL today!
ANA pledges to work with new leaders of the 110th Congress. ANA seeks Nurses for its political action leader (N-PAL) program.
Too often, pharmaceutical waste – much of it hazardous – shows up in our surface, ground, and drinking water. To solve this problem, the healthcare industry must work closely with federal and state regulators.
ANA issues principles delineating RN’s rights and responsibilities toward improving environmental health.
Putting ANA’s Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards into practice: The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s journey
During the August Congressional recess, many elected officials will be available in their district offices. This is a great opportunity for nurses to meet with them and perhaps make an impact on legislation involving nursing issues.