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A journey of healing

Statement acknowledges harms to nurses of color, outlines actions for change. Editor’s note: This is an early release of an article that will appear in the August 2022…

A world of difference

Nurses act in concert to support and evolve the profession. At the end of June, thousands of nurses from more than 100 countries will convene in Montreal for…
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Advocacy agenda

Collective action reaps rewards in public policy.  Ernest J. Grant Advocacy—the process of influencing public policy—occurs at all levels of government and has real-world consequences; it’s not an…

Advocacy matters

Concerted efforts yield wins on nursing priorities.  In an era of political rancor, an important piece of legislation involving nursing practice passed the U.S. House of Representatives in…

Applause and accolades

Each May during National Nurses Month, the American Nurses Association (ANA), our constituent and state nurses associations, and healthcare organizations nationwide acknowledge and celebrate RNs for their indelible…

Capital investments

We might not think of ourselves as such, but nurses are the ultra-innovators of healthcare. Thinking critically, we respond continually to changes in our patients’ status and environment…

Climate action

Earth Day, celebrated each April 22, gives us all the opportunity to reflect on what we as individuals and in communities can do to counteract what the World…
Ending the crisis

Ending the crisis

Think Tank proposes short-term actions for improved staffing.  To call the nurse staffing shortage a crisis in no way exaggerates the situation. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses…

Healthy hearts

Our profession, predominantly female, reflects the CVD risk all women face: CVD remains the leading cause of death in women, yet less than half of women know about…
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Innovation central

Resources and recognition for advancing nurses’ ideas and ingenuity. Ernest J. Grant Innovation—creating something new or improving on an existing process, product, or idea—is a “fundamental part of…
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Investing in ourselves

Self-care boosts nurses personally and professionally.  Nurses nationwide have performed arduous and impeccable work during the COVID-19 pandemic, now in its 21st month and about to cross into…

Membership matters

America’s more than 5 million RNs practice in rural clinics and tertiary medical centers, schools of nursing and elementary schools, health systems and health plans. We assess patients…

Moving the dial

Achieving and maintaining appropriate staffing has been a rallying cry for decades within the nursing profession and healthcare. The destructive COVID-19 pandemic only deepened underlying chronic work environment…

Progress and potential

Nurses hold the keys to the nation’s health. An exciting new phase of my career began on January 1 with the start of my 2-year term as American…

Reflecting, anticipating

Nursing’s bright future beckons In this, my last column as American Nurses Association (ANA) president, my thoughts, though reflecting about the past, rest firmly on the future of…
History informs how we approach the future

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 and place despite persistent racism that denies them…

Setting the course

Over 2 days in June 2023, more than 350 RNs from across the United States gathered in Washington, D.C., for a thoughtful, dynamic, and consequential meeting—the 2023 American…
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Shortage solutions

ANA, partners develop detailed road map for better staffing.  News headlines about the nurse staffing shortage portray an extreme event placing enormous stress on nurses and our healthcare…

Standard bearers

Certified nurses’ march to excellence Every year on March 19, organizations worldwide observe Certified Nurses Day to celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who maintain the highest credentials in…

Technology trials

Artificial intelligence (AI)—for better or worse—is all the rage. This broad description of algorithms and computer systems that drive the behavior of software programs, machines, devices, and the…

The value equation

In 2022, the Partners for Nurse Staffing Think Tank, a collaboration among the American Nurses Association (ANA) and other leading organizations, identified 150 strategies that accountable parties could…
Time for change

Tide of change

Report calls on nursing to confront and eradicate racism.  Racism: “Assaults on the human spirit in the form of biases, prejudices, and an ideology of superiority that persistently…

Vital actions

Diversity, inclusion pave the way to a healthier nation Just over 2 years ago, the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing (the Commission) started its consequential efforts…
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Vital and invaluable

Recognizing nurses’ service during Nurses Month. Ernest J. Grant May marks Nurses Month, a time to offer RNs nationwide well-deserved thanks and recognition for all they do and…

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