A conversation with Rep. Lois Capps

Over the past several months, I’ve written extensively about the importance of nurses increasing their political advocacy to protect health care…
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A growing need

School of nursing leaders take multi-pronged approach to support caregivers By Susan Trossman, RN Someone who must carry out a…
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Advocating for nurses on boards

As part of its ongoing initiative sponsored by the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation to recognize nurses in board leadership roles, the American Nurses Foundation interviewed Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN. Edmonson is the chief nursing officer (CNO) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, a three-time designated Magnet® hospital.

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Affirmation of focused practice competencies

In August 2017, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors approved the inclusion of an additional component to ANA’s newly revised recognition of a nursing specialty, approval of a specialty’s scope of practice statement, and acknowledgment of standards of a specialty practice program. The new component, affirmation of focused practice competencies, provides a formal review process for identifying the specific knowledge, skills, abilities,accountability, and judgment deemed important for professional practice success, interprofessional collaborative practice and team success, and achievement of defined outcomes.

All for one, and one for all

Let’s validate and value the contributions of foreign-educated nurses who come to this country seeking opportunities to practice.

ANA comments on ACOs

In the political realm, there is intense debate on how to cut costs in the Medicare program without sacrificing services…

ANA Enterprise News

ANA recognized for role in reducing patient harm Six years ago, ANA joined the Partnership for Patients, a coalition of…

ANA News

Powerful habits to manage change effectively How well do you cope with stress and change? RNs today are immersed in…
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ANA News

Center for Ethics and Human Rights recognized with prestigious Cornerstone Award The American Nurses Association (ANA) Center for Ethics and…
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ANA News, February 2019

The power of two Join thousands of your fellow nurses, be inspired, and elevate your career by attending the ANCC…

ANA on the Frontline

Learn about the top issues facing ANA member nurses, how ANA is working for you, and what ANA is doing…
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ANA pays it forward

I am an organizational junkie with no apologies. As many of you know, I started my political activism in nursing…

ANA’s 125th anniversary

Building on our history and recognizing nurses When I first began serving as president of the American Nurses Association (ANA),…
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Arrivederci, Dr. Cipriano

All of us at HealthCom Media are extremely fortunate to have worked closely with American Nurse Today’s founding Editor-in-Chief Pam…

August ANA on the Frontline

Learn about the top issues facing ANA member nurses, how ANA is working for you, and what ANA is doing…
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BSN in ten

Nurse leaders nationwide promote measure to benefit patient care and RNs’ careers. To garner support for a measure that promotes…
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Call for nominations

On December 8, 2017, the ANA Nominations and Elections Committee issued a call for nominations for a slate of candidates to be presented to the Membership Assembly in 2018. The following positions will be elected in 2018.

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Called to serve

RN elected to Florida legislature shares her insights. WHEN she saw an open seat in the Florida House of Representatives,…

Care without gaps

ANA, nurses nationwide work to improve transitions in care Mary Maryland, PhD, APRN,BC, ANP, has had to rely on good…
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Celebrate National Nurses Week 2018

The American Nurses Association (ANA) National Nurses Week theme for 2018 “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence” recognizes that RNs provide the…

Celebrating nurse innovators

Nurses’ creativity showcased at the ANA Quality and Innovation Conference in Orlando. THE American Nurses Association (ANA) continued its commitment…

Change maker

Dori Healey is passionate about patient safety, public service, and volunteering. President-elect for American Nurses Association (ANA)-Idaho, Dori Healey, MSN-RN,…

Chemical soup

ANA and state associations work to protect nurses and the environment from chemicals.

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Do the right thing

“Doing the right thing is not easy, but it needs to be done,” observed Captain Jacqlyn Sanchez, RNCOB, as she recalled a difficult time in her career with the U.S. Air Force. “My decisions were not popular at that time,” she said, “and I felt defeated and powerless.” Fortunately, a close friend and fellow nurse, Major (Ret.) Dana Albalate, gave Sanchez the motivation she needed to make those hard decisions and move forward. “She told me, ‘Just be yourself,’” Sanchez explained. “‘Your work will speak for itself.’”

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Early recognition and response

Nurses work to prevent potentially fatal complication of childbirth By Susan Trossman, RN Although the United States can be credited…

Ebola resources from ANA

Access ebola information from the American Nurses Association (ANA)
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Effective transitions

ANA, nurse leaders support RN residency programs. Although most new nurses are excited when they finally begin their careers, their…
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Emerging trends in nursing

RNs embrace roles beyond the bedside. Seun Ross, DNP, MSN, CRNP-F, NP-C, NEA-BC, is the director of Nursing Practice and Work…

Fighting emerging threats

Three years ago, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and nurses nationwide found themselves on the frontlines of a crisis when the Ebola virus made its way to the United States, killing one patient and infecting two RNs who provided care to him. The crisis wasn’t in the number of cases in this country—four diagnosed and 11 treated—but in the need to ensure that healthcare workers could keep themselves and the public safe when faced with a potentially fatal infectious organism.

Flawed Ruling

ANA, nurses work to limit impact of Nationl Labor Relations Board decision on charge nurses.

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From the ANA CEO

Looking at enterprise-wide transformation and recognizing a nurse leader

From Your ANA President

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.

From Your ANA President

As she ends her term as ANA President, Rebecca Patton urges nurses to demonstrate their leadership and help make the provisions of the new healthcare reform act a reality.

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From Your ANA President

National Nurses Week is an opportunity to reflect on the contributions nurses make to the healthcare environment. Every day, nurses…
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From your ANA President

As healthcare professionals, we all know CPR to mean “cardiopulmonary resuscitation,” and we have all been trained in how to…

From your ANA President

As a new staff nurse, I worked mostly nights and went to school during the day to complete my bachelor’s…
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From your ANA President

This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of a group of federal programs that have helped shape the face of…
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From your ANA President

Registered nurses spend a great deal of their time working. A full-time nurse may spend in the neighborhood of 59,000…

From your ANA President

Nurses are natural innovators. Let’s recognize our strengths as
innovators and share our ideas on multiple platforms.

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From Your ANA President

HAVING WORKED in an emergency department for more than 20 years, I know what it’s like to have to think…
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From Your ANA President

No matter how long we’ve been in practice, we can all remember our nursing school experience. Giving our first injection,…

From Your ANA president and ANF Chair

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.

From your ANA President and ANF Chair

We both have been fortunate to enjoy a long association with the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), the charitable and philanthropic…
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Gen Y to Take Over. Prepare

In a previous blog post, we wrote about nurse managers being caught in the middle of a tug-of-war, trying to balance…
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Global issues are our issues

Nurses around the world focus on healthcare quality and access. While a lack of access to health care, widespread poverty…
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Grab a seat at the table

ANA’s 2016 Distinguished Membership Award recipient wants to see nurses on the campaign trail. A passion for working with children and…
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Hazardous drugs, a safety blind spot

Know the risks of handling many commonly administered drugs.  WARFARIN, OXYTOCIN, CLONAZEPAM—registered nurses administer millions of these drugs daily with…
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Headlines from Hill

Over the past year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has reviewed political races across the country and met with candidates…

Headlines from the Hill

ANA shares health-system principles with President-Elect and team ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, sent a letter…

Headlines from the Hill

ANA intensifies efforts to address vital concerns for nurses Issues continue to move quickly in Washington, DC, many of which…

Health, safety, & wellness

A sneak peek at the new Implementation Guide to the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards

Healthy Nurse, Healthy New Jersey

Leadership principles help guide campaign for RNs’ health. EDITOR’S NOTE: New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) received the ANA Enterprise’s…
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Human rights

ANA and nurses call for migrant family reunifications IMMIGRATION across our southern border took the spotlight earlier this year. People…
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Immunization nurse champions

Staying informed about vaccines is the key. By Chad Rittle, DNP, MPH, RN, FAAOHN, and Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES Are…

In Brief

CDC reports on ‘winnable battles’ to improve Americans’ health The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the…

In Brief

ANA releases new position statement opposing capital punishment ANA announced its opposition to capital punishment and nurses’ participation in capital…

In Brief

Now open: 2017 call for nominations for appointed positions The ANA Committee on Appointments, a committee of the ANA Board…
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Innovation in action

Harnessing the power of nurse-led innovation. The American Nurses Association (ANA) embarked on a journey of innovation as a part of…
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Innovation needs nurses

Make the business case for high-tech patient care. Dan Weberg, PhD, RN, is senior director of innovation and leadership for…
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Interprofessional education

Nurse leader aims to improve patient care.  SHANNON COLE, DNP, APRN-BC, from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, is an avid…
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Introducing the new voice of nurses

Welcome to the premier issue of American Nurse Today—the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the new…

Issues up close

The fourth recommendation in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) groundbreaking report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, is a…

Issues up close

ANA unveils new Framework for Measuring Nurses’ Contributions to Care Coordination.

Issues up close

Enduring and evolving: Code of Ethics for Nurses

Issues up close

ANA: Moving forward—mission possible

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It’s who we are.

Nurses are part of high-performing teams during disasters. By Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN In the past few…

July ANA on the Frontline

Learn about the top issues facing ANA member nurses, how ANA is working for you, and what ANA is doing…

Karen Bankston: A leader who listens

ANA’S Mary Mahoney Award honors significant contributions to advancing equal opportunities in nursing for members of minority groups. Karen Bankston, PhD, MSN,…
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Key competencies for nursing

To innovate is to put new ideas into practice or existing ideas into practice in new ways. Innovation isn’t new, but its prominence and need in health care continues to increase. Addressing the complexities of healthcare delivery requires creative solutions and approaches that challenge the status quo. Building a culture of innovation necessitates developing skills that allow for ongoing innovation. For this reason, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is focused on nurse-led innovation for healthcare improvement as a part of its strategic goals.


Meet Jennifer Mensik Kennedy

ANA’s 38th president starts her term on January 1, 2023. Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, starts her…
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Meet the new ANA Enterprise CEO

Loressa Cole: Lifelong commitment to making a difference Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, celebrated National Nurses Week as…

Navigating the Kentucky River

The President addresses the personal impact of the “Kentucky River” decision by the National Labor Relations board.

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Nurses living mindfully—Over the holidays and always

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim is to improve population health, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce per-capita spending. The Quad­ruple Aim adds the goal of improving healthcare pro­viders’ work life. This holiday season, “gift” yourself with self-care techniques to ensure the best care for patients and families and to promote effective interprofessional work environments.

Nurses rise to disaster challenges

While working the night shift in the surgical intensive care unit (ICU) of her New Jersey hospital, Teresa Weisneck, BSN, RN, could not help but be moved by the heartbreaking images she saw flashing on the TV screen in her patient’s room. Hurricane Harvey was wreaking havoc in Houston and the surrounding communities.

Nurses’ role in managing pain

ANA offers guidance to help address a national and global epidemic. ON MY WAY INTO WORK at the burn center…
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One giant leap

Many of us may be too young to remember the original broadcast of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, but…
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Plant a tree

“Years ago, someone planted a tree that provides shade for us today,” said Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP,…

Psychiatric nurses are in demand

Built on therapeutic communication and relationship development, psychiatric nursing is the basis of all nursing. A core healthcare profession, psychiatric…

Reflecting, anticipating

Nursing’s bright future beckons In this, my last column as American Nurses Association (ANA) president, my thoughts, though reflecting about…

Reflection and action

Continuing to work together is key in 2021. In just a few weeks, a new year will be upon us.…
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Reflection and change

History informs how we approach the future.  Black History Month—celebrated each February—recognizes the contributions Black people have made across time…

Restoration rooms

A safe place for nurses to recharge SOMETIMES, 10 to 15 minutes of quiet time in a comfortable space is…

Saying yes to yoga

The physical and mental health benefits of practicing yoga are well-documented. One recent study focused on the benefits of yoga…
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Strategies for nurse leaders

Turn your vision into a road map for others. AUDREY M. STEVENSON, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC, has spent much of…

Systems thinking and nursing innovation

ANA Innovation is changing the way nurses look at systems through its Innovation Advisory Board and Committees. Systems thinking represents…
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Take Note – April 2008

Pam Cipriano to receive ANA’s Distinguished Member Award American Nurse Today Editor-in-Chief Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, will receive the…

Take the chance

Jeannine Rivet’s legacy developed one leap of faith at a time. This content is for Digital Access and Print Plus…

Take the pledge to #EndNurseAbuse

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has launched the #EndNurseAbuse initiative to increase awareness of the serious problem of physical and…

Taking it to the top

ANA and state associations promote health system reform The importance of health system reform can seem like a distant memory…

Telling our story

The public needs a better understanding of what nurses do, so tell your story.

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Thank you, Linda

I happen to know how Linda Stierle got her start in nursing. When she was a little 7-year-old, a doctor…

The compassion balance

Try these techniques to help maintain satisfaction in work and life. This content is for Digital Access and Print Plus…
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The imperative of humble leadership

By Donna Grande, MGA Empower your team through shared responsibility. In this world of social media, where people focus on…
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The Nursing Now campaign launches

Investing in nurses to achieve global health. Health should be a recognized universal right. Having an equitable health system should…
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The perfect recipe for leadership

A nurse and diabetes educator reflects on being sensitive to patients’ needs. By Apryl Motley, CAE Start with specialized skills,…
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Transitions and transformation

A thank-you to Marla Weston.  The indelible mark left behind by a transformation­al leader is as unique as a fingerprint.…

Translating quality into practice

More than 1,100 nurses and other professionals gathered at ANA’s 2017 Conference in Tampa, Florida, March 8-10, to learn about…
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We are innovators

ANA helps advance nurses’ ideas. THE OLD PROVERB “Necessity is the mother of invention” resonates with many of us. Nurses…

Welcome to ANA on the Frontline

The American Nurses Association and its official journal, American Nurse Today, are pleased to introduce an enhanced communications program for…

Welcome to the profession

ANA is here to support all nurses every step of the way. This content is for Digital Access and Print…
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What to do when a colleague is impaired

To: Ethics Advisory Board From: Medical-surgical staff nurse Subject: Substance use disorder Recently I discovered a colleague on my unit…

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