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Inside ANA

What’s nursing’s role in healthcare policy and advocacy? These articles from ANA leadership offer insights into the work done by your professional organization as well as suggestions for how you can make a difference.

July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

Author: Tim Casey and Liza Heavener

While the 2016 presidential campaign continues to dominate headlines, the outcome of critical races in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate could dramatically alter Washington’s political landscape. Through your advocacy and engagement, registered nurses (RNs) across the country can help shape the next Congress and its healthcare . . .

July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

Author: Sharon Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C

Since its emergence, Zika virus has been a source of concern and confusion for many people worldwide, particularly in today’s era of instant messaging and misinformation. However, because nurses spend more time with patients and their families than any other healthcare professionals, they are in a unique position to . . .

July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

Author: Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN President, American Nurses Association

Since microorganisms were first linked to infectious diseases centuries ago, scientists and healthcare practitioners have been waging a war to stop the spread of pathogens that lead to potentially fatal infections and illnesses. Over time, we’ve been fortunate to see the rise of many successful strategies, such as the . . .

June 2016 Vol. 11 No. 6

Author: Jane Clare (JC) Joyner JD, MSN, RN


Government health policy has an impact on nearly every aspect of healthcare delivery. It drives payment methodology, influences the quality of the care that is delivered, and affects the day-to-day operations of healthcare systems. In short, it creates the environment in which nurses and other providers deliver . . .

May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a nonprofit, faith-based health system, has a longstanding commitment to nurse leadership in the boardroom. Based in Englewood, Colorado, CHI is one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, with 105 hospitals plus community health services organizations, accredited nursing colleges, home health agencies, and other . . .

May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Author: Sharon A. Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2050, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will cause as many as 10 million deaths globally. Not only does AMR lead to increased mortality; it also lengthens hospital stays and drives up healthcare costs. AMR isn’t just a clinical issue: Up to 70% of the . . .

May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Author: Kathryn J. Desmond, BSN, RN

Regardless of the healthcare setting, a registered nurse (RN) in 2016 is likely to encounter patients with culturally diverse beliefs and practices about health, wellness, and illness. Respecting and integrating those beliefs into competent, evidence-based practice is at the heart of culturally congruent care. It’s also the focus . . .

May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Author: Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Patient-centered, holistic care is something that nurses are taught about early and are expected to strive for every day. Yet we can’t truly practice safe, patient-centered care if it’s not also culturally congruent care. This broad term incorporates the more familiar one, culturally sensitive care. Extending . . .

April 2016 Vol. 11 No. 4

Author: Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, and Angela Laramie, MPH

Continued efforts by ANA to enhance healthcare worker safety resulted in the formation of a sharps injury stakeholder’s group in 2015. The group meets quarterly via conference calls to network and share information and ideas for collaboration related to sharps injury programming, research, and surveillance. The stakeholder group, co . . .

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