CNN to feature Nurses

  1. Media to Feature Nurses During National Nurses Week
    5/3/01
    During National Nurses Week, CNN will be airing a three-part series on the nursing shortage that will feature an interview with ANA President Mary E. Foley, MS, RN. Part one will air at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 7, and at 8 a.m., May 8; part two will air at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 8, and at 8 a.m. May 9; and part three will air at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 9, and 8 a.m. May 10. All times are eastern time.
    http://www.ana.org/news/ananews.htm#media
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   natalie
    The CNN series is about the NURSING SHORTAGE, not the ANA. I'm sure the nurses on this board are savvy enough to watch it first, and then decide if "it's a perfect opportunity" to blather your biased, nonrelated feedback.
  4. by   Chellyse66
    Thanks Natalie it will be interesting to watch. Usually CNN does a pretty good job with reporting let's hope they look at the real issues. I was dissapointed with the series on the discovery channel, I mean it was good but the issues were not discussed.
    Discovery Health has alot 0f good programming for nurses along with discovery Science. PBS has done a couple shows recently, one focusing on doc's and the other end of life issues.
    I am going to take the time to watch this, thanks for the notice.
    I am interested in what Mary Foley says and does this may be a deciding factor for me, the ANA has a great opportunity now...time will tell...
  5. by   Level2Trauma
    People are getting sick of you Wildtime; take a vacation, give your hands a rest. You never cease to amaze me. If you worked as assidiously to improve nursing as you do to criticize the ANA and it's members, the nursing profession would be cured. However, this is not going to happen because you are full of yourself; and you are also FOS!!! Not being rude or personal, just being truthful!!!
  6. by   -jt
    "Your philosophy is if you do not like it then leave. Guess what? I do not like it, but I am not leaving.
    If you do not like what I have to say then just do your self a favor and just do not read my posts. No one is forcing you to read them"


    Remember this the next time you have the urge to tell someone that you are going to annihilate them in order to silence their opinion (as you have told me & Natalie) Remember what you just told L2T the next time you want to destroy someone because they have a different opinion than you (as you have said to Natlaie & me). You cant have it both it ways. Practice what you preach.
  7. by   natalie
    Try this, wildtime. Post your anti-ANA diatribe under the appropriate topics. The original post I made was to notify nurses of the upcoming CNN series. I found it on the ANA site, and they included the interview with Mary Foley. I always link my sources.

    Any astute reader would take the posting as a CNN special re: the nursing shortage. Why don't you leave it at that instead of tainting the dialogue. Many nurses here are simply not interested in the arguments re: ANA. The initial posting never called for it and you should have left it out of the discussion. Carry it on under the right topics so people can pick and choose their interests. Carry on your assinine witchhunt under the "assinine witchhunt" topic. It's just bulletin board courtesy.
  8. by   -jt
    <A vast majority of the nurses I speak in person with are highly interested in the possible formation of a new national organization.>

    So hop to it, Wild! Florida direct-care nurses could use someone to mobilize them into doing something about their horrendous conditions. In fact so could the whole South. Stop ******** about it here, making excuses for WHY you have to take action, & just take the damn action! Get the ball rolling down there!Geeeeeezzzzzzzzz.....whats it gonna take to get you to put your money where your mouth is?

    Anyway........

    Media to Feature Nurses During National Nurses Week
    5/3/01
    During National Nurses Week, CNN will be airing a three-part series on the nursing shortage that will feature an interview with ANA President Mary E. Foley, MS, RN. Part one will air at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 7, and at 8 a.m., May 8; part two will air at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 8, and at 8 a.m. May 9; and part three will air at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 9, and 8 a.m. May 10. All times are eastern time.

    In addition, the Discovery Health Channel will rerun its five-part series on NURSES in celebration of National Nurses Week. Watch all five episodes on Sunday, May 6, beginning at 6PM (ET). Individual episodes will be shown at 7 p.m. (ET) each night May 7-11. For additional replay times and more information about the series, go to www.discoveryhealth.com. To purchase the entire NURSES series on videotape, call (800) 475-6636.

    It's not too late to secure media coverage for your own events and issues during National Nurses Week. Go to www.nursingworld.org/pressrel/nnw/ for media kit materials to help you get your message out.

    The American Nurses Association is continuing to secure media coverage on the nursing shortage, inadequate staffing and mandatory overtime, and occupational health and safety issues. http://www.ana.org/news/ananews.htm#media
  9. by   canoehead
    Newsflash- There is no mandatory OT, nor is there consideration of it in my hospital, and please leave me out of your debate.

    And...guess what...not working in ME right now- Wildtime, want to guess why?

    Maybe we should all think about what we post, and how some people on this site are here to destroy and not to construct.

    [ May 04, 2001: Message edited by: canoehead ]

    [ May 04, 2001: Message edited by: canoehead ]
  10. by   nurs4kids
    Wildtime, I do not feel you should "shut up" and "leave", but I agree with Natalie; you should post under the appropriate topic.

    I'm not going to defend the ANA, nor do I intend to attempt to destroy them. I do not understand your motive behind trying to destroy the ANA, the ONE voice we have in the media. I do feel that before I can ***** about what the ANA represents, I should do one of two things: Either join the ANA and work to change their goals, or Form another organization representing those things which I believe. I've not done either of those, neither have you. Right now, I feel the most important thing we need is national publicity re; the nursing shortage. ANA is doing that. One thing for sure, we will NOT get national, even local, publicity sitting here ******** on this bb. Spend your energy positively, Wildtime. You're doing some great publicity for the ANA here, while personally getting the reputation for being completely negative. You'll never gain the 93% support you so desperately desire by attacking others.

    JT & Natalie..thanks for the information, you guys are a great voice for nursing!
  11. by   -jt
    <canoehead Newsflash- There is no mandatory OT, nor is there consideration of it in my hospital, and please leave me out of your debate. >

    SEE WHAT I MEAN, W??!!

    Thank you Canoe. Ive been trying to do that & also insisting on staying out of your business myself.
  12. by   -jt
    <JT & Natalie..thanks for the information, you guys are a great voice for nursing! >


    Thanks Nurs4...but most of that stuff is cut & paste right off the ANA website. Its all in the click of the wrist!

    So far I havent seen anything worthy of annihilation! lol!!
    thanks for you fair post.
  13. by   jldella99
    I am a REALLY new member here & a BSN student. I must say that I find some of you to be quite shocking & was hoping for a more supportive and mature atmosphere here! Luckily I have the spine to not let it sour my experiences. Can't we all be nice? Thank you natalie for alerting us to the CNN series
  14. by   -jt
    <I am going to take the time to watch this, thanks for the notice.
    I am interested in what Mary Foley says and does - this may be a deciding factor for me, the ANA has a great opportunity now...time will tell...>

    I hope they dont do what ABC did a few months ago & cut out her entire segement because she was "too" critical of the hospital administrations!

    Just in case:

    A Message From ANA President
    Mary Foley, MS, RN

    As we celebrate National Nurses Week 2001 (NNW) May 6-12, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and its constituent member associations (CMAs) salute nurses across the country. This year's theme, Nurses are the True Spirit of Caring, reflects the many ways in which nurses have consistently delivered quality patient care and advocated for their patients despite the challenges of a turbulent health care system. By advocating for nurses, ANA advances its goal of high-quality patient care.

    Safety, Staffing Set as Priorities:
    A key focus of NNW 2001 is a "call to action" with regard to nurses' working conditions, particularly as they relate to nurse staffing issues and, in turn, affect quality patient care.

    That's why, in addition to celebrating nursing's accomplishments this year, ANA is asking nurses across the country to join us in pushing the call button over the nation's burgeoning nurse staffing crisis. For some time now, ANA has been sounding the alarm over inadequate staffing practices and an emerging nursing shortage that is expected to worsen over the next decade as the baby-boom population begins requiring increased nursing care. And, many of those concerns were confirmed with the results this past February of an ANA Staffing Survey designed to measure nurses' perceptions of their working conditions and levels of satisfaction.

    Chief among the survey's findings are nurses' concerns that deteriorating working conditions have led to a decline in the quality of nursing care. Specifically, 75 percent of the nurses surveyed feel the quality of nursing care at their facility has declined over the past two years, while 56 percent say the time they have available for patient care has decreased.

    In addition, more than 40 percent of the nurses surveyed said they would not feel comfortable having a family member or someone close to them cared for in the facility in which they work. And more than 54 percent of nurse respondents would not recommend their profession to their children or their friends.

    In the three months since the ANA Staffing Survey results were released, the ANA has worked closely with members of the media to publicize the impact that poor working conditions are having on the emerging shortage. Through such media outlets as NBC News, Good Morning America, CNN, C-SPAN, the New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Modern Healthcare, the ANA has ensured that nursing's concerns are heard.

    In addition to its publicity efforts, ANA has embarked on a nationwide federal and state legislative agenda, which is pushing for the following state and federal safe staffing protections:

    Restrictions on forced overtime, so nurses know they will not be required to work mandatory overtime when they are tired or have outside commitments;

    Increased whistleblower protections, so nurses can report unsafe conditions without fear of reprisal;

    Mandated collection of workforce and nursing-sensitive quality indicators, so nurses know health care facilities are publicly accountable for the quality – not just the cost – of patient care, and for staffing levels used to deliver that care.

    Establishment of patient classification systems to better calculate the appropriate level and mix of nursing staff needed to deliver safe, quality care.

    In addition, ANA has been working with members of Congress to come up with ways to attract more young and mid-career people to the profession. And the results of those efforts include the recently introduced Nurse Reinvestment Act and the Nursing Employment and Education Development (NEED) Act, two bills aimed at alleviating a growing shortage of nurses in the United States.

    Both bills contain a combination of scholarships, loan repayments and innovative recruitment techniques designed to prompt more young people to choose nursing as a career, as well as encourage existing nurses to increase their levels of education.

    But that's not all. During National Nurses Week, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) will introduce the Patient Safety Act in the Senate and the House, respectively.

    The Patient Safety Act is proposed legislation that focuses on major safety, quality and workforce issues for nurses employed by health care institutions and their patients who received care in those institutions. This bill, when passed, will require health care institutions to make public specified information on staffing levels, mix and patient outcomes.

    At a minimum these institutions would have to make public the number of registered nurses providing direct care; numbers of unlicensed personnel utilized to provide direct patient care; the average number of patients per registered nurse providing direct patient care; patient mortality rates; the incidence of adverse patient care incidents; and methods used for determining and adjusting staffing levels and patient care needs.

    In addition, health care institutions would have to make public data regarding complaints filed with the state agency, the Health Care Financing Administration or an accrediting agency related to Medicare conditions of participation. The agency would then have to make public the results of nay investigations or finding related to the complaint.

    Complementing ANA's efforts in Congress, the United American Nurses (UAN), ANA's labor arm, has launched a Safe Staffing campaign that features NNW rallies across the country. More than 800 nurses have already signed on to "Demand Safe Staffing" through a UAN petition to be shared with policymakers, and UAN National Labor Assembly delegates will make their case for safe staffing to members of Congress during a June 26 UAN Lobby Day. And, ANA will hold another lobby day two days later, on June 28, prior to the ANA House of Delegates meeting.

    The bottom line is that quality patient outcomes and a healthy RN workforce -- which are tied to proper staffing and adequate working conditions-- are ultimately more cost-effective. Thus, it pays to pay attention to and address work environment concerns.

    To help achieve this goal, ANA is encouraging hospitals to shift their focus from expensive, short-sighted recruitment efforts to meaningful retention strategies.

    One such strategy can be found in the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program. Hospitals that have been designated as "magnets" have been found in studies to attract and retain professional nurses who experienced a high degree of professional and personal satisfaction through their practice.

    Currently, only 32 hospitals have been awarded "magnet" recognition, but the essential criteria can be used by nurses and administrators to assess their own facilities for improvements.

    In the meantime, the ANA will continue to sound the alarm on unsafe staffing practices in the coming year. The goal is to mobilize nurses around the staffing crisis, educate the public, and develop and implement initiatives to address the problem.

    Through these various efforts, it is ANA's goal to restore the meaning to the theme of this year's National Nurses Week – to truly put the spirit -- and the nurses – back into caring. We hope, both for the nurses and for the nation's sake, that our efforts are successful.

    Membership:
    ANA has honed its focus around five core issues to better meet nurses' and nursing's needs. The core issues are:

    Appropriate Staffing,
    Workplace Rights,
    Workplace Health and Safety,
    Continued Competence,
    Patient Safety/Advocacy.

    As ANA continues its advocacy on behalf of nurses, we need your voice. As a constituent member association member, you are a part of the ANA, the largest national network of registered nurses. And with your voice, we add strength to our message, as well as to our numbers, as we work in collaboration with other organizations that have joined nursing as partners. So, we do hope you will help us in our quest to bring nursing's collective voice together, as a call to the profession, and as we take these issues to the nation.

    Conclusion:
    NNW is the perfect time for us not only to reflect upon our accomplishments and our goals, but also to put forth our ambitious crusade on behalf of better staffing and working conditions.

    As we celebrate our profession and recognize our colleagues, I would like to extend my appreciation for your commitment to the true spirit of nursing and to improving the profession as a whole. Let's recommit to work together.
    Mary Foley, RN
    President
    American Nurses Association http://www.ana.org/pressrel/nnw/message.htm


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    sounds like shes speaking for all nurses here. Doesnt every nurse agree that these are our issues and we are all affected by them? I, for one, am very excited to be a part of this.

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