Issues up close

From trauma to post traumatic growth

My 94-year old grandfather told me a story of a mentor from his church. She was a nurse during the 1918 influenza pandemic that infected nearly 500 million people, killing 50 million globally. She...

November elections: Empowering nurses for political advocacy

American nurses were among those who marched and led the fight for women to gain the right to vote 100 years ago. This year, as we celebrate passage of the 19th Amendment, signed into...

ANA survey finds PPE shortages persist, reuse practices rise

The American Nurses Association (ANA) released new findings from a nationwide COVID-19 survey that indicate personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages persist and reuse practices for single-use PPE are on the rise, despite a lack...

Health disparities and end of life

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: Creating change  I’m a community health nurse and have personally witnessed how health disparities manifest in advance care planning and end-of-life discussions in Black communities. Is it within...

Tragedy from a vaccine-preventable disease

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Conflicted in (Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Michigan … all states with high rates of nonmedical vaccine exemptions) Subject: Immunizations I’m an RN in a large pediatric practice that’s currently...

ANA responds to Supreme Court rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down three key rulings this summer in cases that the American Nurses Association (ANA) had been monitoring, two that protect the rights of vulnerable populations and another that erodes...

ANA and Prudential partner to help nurses with financial planning

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is partnering with Prudential Financial, Inc., to offer financial wellness solutions for members. The collaboration enables Prudential to support nurses in navigating their financial lives during the pandemic and beyond...

How to address racial injustice in the workplace and community

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: I want to make a difference I am a white frontline nurse in a medium-sized, full-service hospital. I am profoundly moved by the injustices I see occurring to...

Willie Manzano: From NYC’s COVID-19 response to a brighter future

The first patient with the new coronavirus arrived at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in March, the earliest in a wave of people suffering from the confounding, world-changing virus. As New York emerged as an epicenter of the...
ethics

A question of conscience

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: Refusal to participate Two nurses on my unit have submitted written notification stating that they would no longer participate in administering and monitoring blood transfusions for patients, even...

ANA In Brief – ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights celebrates 30...

The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights has been a leader in healthcare ethics, nursing ethics, bioethics and human rights for 30 years. In collaboration with constituents, the center has tirelessly provided ethical...

ANA In Brief – Coronavirus: What you need to know

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an ongoing outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China. Cases have been identified in multiple countries, including the United States. The American...

Partnerships bring infection prevention practices to nurses

Spurred by the 2014 Ebola crisis and such emerging threats as Zika virus and antibiotic resistance, ANA is partnering with leading public health organizations to give registered nurses (RNs) in all practice settings effective training and tools for themselves...