"while the profession is facing pressure points and seizing new opportunities, ana is in the midst of long overdue and necessary organizational change. two and half years ago, ana's constituent members gave a mandate to the board of directors to change the association.
the message from the april 2000 constituent assembly was clear - the status quo was unacceptable. ana needed to clarify its role, demonstrate relevance in the new millennium and grow in membership and financial strength. "
ana president barbara blakeney, ms, aprn, bc,anp
and ana ceo linda stierle, msn, rn, cnaa,bc
provided updates on ana's cornerstone work during the
nov. 8-10 meeting of leaders of its 54 constituent member
president blakeney's speech:
ceo stierle's slide presentation:
annual stakeholder's report 2001:
Nov 15, '02
Most CEO's believe that it's their physician's that generate income by admitting patient's to their facility and if physician's aren't satisfied, they will take their business to a competitor. What the CEO's are failing to understand AND capitalize on is that physician's choose a facility because of the NURSING CARE that is needed 24/7. Patients who are educated OR have vast healthcare exposure ask THE NURSES who are the doctors to go to and often chose one hospital over the other based on previous NURSING CARE.
Home Care RN's often are asked for reccomendations to physican's, hospitals, tests, and procedures. WE hold vast power (unknown to many CEO's) over having patient's return to their facility or steering to a different one if patient has had a poor experience/overlooked condition etc.----------This has been my experience over the past 25 years.
We are NOT an expense, we are their survival.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 16, '02
Nov 15, '02
<<<"........On August 1st, I joined President Bush in the Oval Office for the signing of the Nurse Reinvestment Act - legislation that was dormant until ANA exerted pressure through N-STAT- its formidable grassroots network -- to get Congress to take action. While our work won't be completed until we get Congress to appropriate the needed funding to make this act meaningful, I have no doubt that the ANA enterprise has the political clout to make this a reality...... I am pleased to report that ANA-PAC posted an impressive 84% win rate (in the recent Congressional elections). And we are gaining important support among influential voices outside of Congress. I hope many of you saw the recent newspaper column by Steve and Cokie Roberts urging Congress to take action and fund the Nurse Reinvestment Act. We are being heard and we are winning new allies each day.
On August 13, I represented nursing at a special economic forum in Waco, Texas, on health care security called by President Bush and chaired by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. Since that meeting, I've met one-on-one with Secretary Thompson and we held a press conference together about the HHS-ANA partnership to create National Nurses Response Teams.
In September, I delivered testimony - along with UAN Secretary-Treasurer Jeanne Surdo and American Academy of Nursing Secretary Linda Burnes Bolton - to the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Work Environment and Patient Safety.
On October 17, I spoke to congressional staffers about the nursing shortage at an event organized by the Alliance for Health Reform and webcast by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And we are working hard at the international level, as well. Cheryl Johnson, Kathy Hall and I joined a number of nursing organizations from major industrialized nations at the International Council of Nurses Workforce Forum in Iceland in September.
I am proud to represent nursing at these forums.
ANA receives countless invitations to be at the table to represent the profession and ANA's endorsement is actively sought by a variety of organizations to add credibility to their issues and programs.
ANA has built a reputation as a leading international and national nursing organization. We are THE VOICE of nursing - a respected resource for legislators, regulators, health care leaders and the public................"
Barbara Blakeney, RN
President of ANA>>>>>
All the more reason why staff RNs members are getting more involved in the organization, participating in decision making, taking leadership roles, & making sure its the staff RNs message that is heard now.
Doing a pretty good job of it too.
Last edit by -jt on Nov 15, '02