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New ANA Member Discount - Wyndham Hotels
Wyndham Hotel Group ANA members now receive an additional 10% off the “Best Available Rate” on rooms at over 6000 participating AmeriHost Inn® Baymont Inns, Days Inn®, Howard Johnson®, Knights Inn®, Ramada®, Super 8®, Travelodge®, Wingate®, and Wyndham Hotels across the U.S. and Canada.

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APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is announcing its Public Health Fellowship in Government. The fellowship will offer a public health professional the opportunity to spend one year working in Washington, D.C., on legislative, regulatory and policy issues that would benefit from the input of someone with public health expertise.

APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials who wish to work in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues related to health and the environment. The fellowship will begin in January 2008 and continue through December 2008. The fellowship is designed to provide a unique public policy learning experience, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to make practical contributions to enhancing public health science and practical knowledge in government.

The process of applying for this fellowship is an open competition. A committee of APHA leaders and policy experts will review the applications and select the finalists The application is due to APHA by July 20, 2007. The committee will make its decision by September 30, 2007. All candidates must have a MPH or a Doctorate in a public health discipline plus 5 years of experience in a public health setting.

For brochure with more information, the application, and instructions for completing the application go to APHA Web site at www.apha.org/advocacy/fellowship/.

ANA and the International Centre Nurse Migration Co-sponsor Conference
Internationally Recruited Nurses: Creating Positive Practice Environments
August 5-7, 2007, Chicago, Illinois
Understand the immigration process and strategies that create a positive work environment for internationally recruited nurses. This conference is co-sponsored by the American Nurses Association and the International Centre Nurse Migration.

Explore legal and regulatory processes for recruitment and utilization of foreign educated nurses in the U.S.

  • Describe positive work environment strategies
  • Discuss positive methods to integrate internationally recruited nurses into work and the health care team
  • Enjoy networking opportunities and in-depth discussions with speakers and other attendees

ANA Welcomes the Formation of the SEIU’s National Healthcare Union
The American Nurses Association (ANA) welcomes the formation of SEIU’s national healthcare union and the new joint nurse staffing initiative recently announced by the ANA labor affiliate and associate organizational member, United American Nurses (UAN). Read Press Release...

ANA Response to “Mind Your Manners” Program on The Learning Channel
The Learning Channel responds to ANA's letterwriting campaign by cancelling the offensive series.
Read Press Release...

HQA Adds Enhanced Hospital Quality Information to “Hospital Compare” Web Site
The American Nurses Association (ANA), The American Hospital Association (AHA), Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) launched the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA), a national public-private collaboration to encourage hospitals to voluntarily collect and report hospital quality performance information. The Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) announced on June 21st that it will add enhanced hospital quality information to its public “Hospital Compare” Web site, www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov. This effort is intended to make important information about hospital performance accessible to the public and to inform and invigorate efforts to improve quality. To learn more and read President Patton’s quote read HQA Press Release...

2007 Fall Series of ANA Coming to You
Nurse Competence in Aging: Caring for Older Adults
October 4, 2007, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
All nurses are invited to enjoy Nurse Competence in Aging: Caring for Older Adults, the 2007 Fall Series of ANA Coming to You. Topic areas include the Outcomes of Care Relevant to Older Patients and the Impact of Dementia on Care of Older People and Exemplary Practice Models Specific to Dementia Care in Acute Care Settings. Proudly presented by the American Nurses Association and the Idaho Nurses Association

Registration is online 24/7...

ANA Announces Call for the Formation of a UN Women’s Agency
The American Nurses Association urges its members, and all healthcare professionals to lobby your UN representatives, heads of state and legislators about the critical need for a fully funded UN Women’s organization, to address gender equality concerns globally. On Friday, June 22, 2007 the UN General Assembly will debate the issue of establishing an agency to act as advocates for the rights and health of women and girls worldwide.
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ANA Members Can Receive Savings on Dell™

ANA members can receive up to 12% savings on Dell™ home desktops or notebooks. To take advantage of this valuable offer, or for more details, simply go online at www.dell.com/eppbuy or call 1-800-695-8133 today. The ANA Member ID# is: HS45927362.

ANA Board of Directors Appoints Board of Directors and President of ANCC

The American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors has appointed Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, SANE-A the President of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board of Directors. Dr. Hatmaker, along with the newly appointed Board of Directors will serve a two year term helping to guide the ANCC as it advocates for excellence in nursing and health care. Dr. Hatmaker’s distinguished background includes professional certification, president of a national certification board, national leadership positions as president and vice president of two national associations, as well as state nurses’ association leadership roles including president. In her current position she manages a testing center and the continuing education provider/approver units for a state nurses association. Read Press Release...

Designing Better Work Spaces for Nurses and Patients
During the next ten years, over $200 billion dollars will be spent on new hospital construction. Organizations must make long-term investments in designing workspaces that are safer and healthier for nurses and the patients they care for.

This brochure from the Center for American Nurses can serve as a checklist and resource point to guide any nurse or nursing leader to learn more about healthcare design and sustainability.

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Call for Nurses to Vote for 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare
ANA encourages you to show support for the leaders in our profession by voting for the nurses nominated in Modern Healthcare's 6th Annual "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” competition. Voting will continue through June 29 and the final rankings will appear in the August 28 issue of Modern Healthcare. Read Press Release...

Medication Errors and Syringe Safety are Top Concerns for Nurses According to New National Study
The American Nurses Association (ANA) today announced the findings of the 2007 Study of Injectable Medication Errors, an independent nationwide survey of 1,039 nurses. According to the research, the overwhelming majority of nurses (97 percent) say they “worry” about medication errors, and more than two-thirds (68 percent) believe medication errors can be reduced with more consistent syringe labeling. Read Press Release...

ANA Holds Major Policy Conference “Nursing Care in Life, Death and Disaster”
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is hosting a major policy conference, Nursing Care in Life, Death and Disaster on June 20-22 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference focuses on the significant health preparedness policy questions related to standards of care provided during a major disaster. With input from nurses, doctors, and experts in public health and disaster preparedness, ANA will develop guidelines dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of care during a crisis. Read Press Release...

ANCC Accepting Nominations for the ANCC Certified Specialty and Advanced Nurse Awards
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) wants to recognize individual nurses for outstanding performance in their field. Two awards will be announced — ANCC Certified Specialty Nurse and ANCC Certified Advanced Nurse.

Members of any American Nurses Association (ANA) constituent member association (CMA) as well as staff, volunteers, and affiliates of ANCC and ANA are invited to nominate individuals for these awards. The nominated nurse must be someone who has made significant contributions in the area of clinical practice or education or research or service. Preference will be given to current or past volunteers from any of the ANCC program areas. All nominees must be nurses who are certified by ANCC. Nominations will be judged for innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk-taking. Sitting members of the ANCC Board of Directors or the Awards Committee are not eligible for nomination.

Applications must be received on or before July 13, 2007. Winners will be notified by August 31, 2007. Awards will be presented at the ANCC National Magnet Conference in Atlanta, Georgia October 3, 2007.

Download the 2007 nomination form and additional information at: www.nursecredentialing.org/cert/awards.html

Show Us the Money! Urge Congress to Support $200 Million for Nursing Workforce Development!
On June 7, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee on Appropriations voted to increase funding for the Title VIII Federal Nursing Workforce Development Programs by just over ten percent. If enacted, this $16 million increase would bring the total funding for Title VIII to $165.6 million in fiscal year (FY) 2008. Specifically, the House Subcommittee voted to reject the $57 million in cuts from Advanced Education Nursing proposed by President Bush. In addition, the Subcommittee would provide a $13 million increase for Nursing Loan Repayment and Scholarships, and a $3 million increase for the Nursing Faculty Loan Program.

While ANA continues to seek a greater funding increase in the Senate, ANA applauds the House Appropriations Subcommittee for rejecting the funding cuts recommended by the Bush Administration and for approving this ten percent investment in nursing education. The full Committee on Appropriations will vote on this bill June 14, and it is expected to reach the floor of the House of Representatives the following week. The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee is expected to vote on their version of this bill in the near future.

You can help ANA in this effort! Contact your Congressional delegation and urge them to invest in nursing. Go to... http://rnaction.org/campaign/nursing_workforce_development.

Men's Health Week
This week is Men's Health Week. It is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father's Day.

The purpose of Men's Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. More...

ANA Calls for Nurses to Vote in Modern Healthcare's 6th Annual "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare"
The American Nurses Association (ANA) encourages you to show support for the leaders in our profession by voting for the nurses nominated in Modern Healthcare's 6th Annual "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” competition. The nominees this year include ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, and CEO Linda J. Stierle.

Let’s get nurse leaders on the list. You can help make this happen by voting now at https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/4509g297d3. Voting will continue through June 29 and the final rankings will appear in the August 28 issue of Modern Healthcare.

Call for Nominees for FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting appropriate nominees for its recently established Risk Communication Advisory Committee. This committee is intended to advise FDA on helping the public understand product benefits and risks and make the best possible decisions concerning optimal use of all FDA-regulated products. The committee will have 15 members. These will include experts in fields directly related to risk communication and public members who will provide the real-world perspective on the communication needs of the users of FDA-regulated products.

Nominees will need to submit a current resume or curriculum vitae, with current business address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if available). The FDA will also need an acknowledgment from nominees that they are aware of the nomination, willing to serve, and appear to have no conflicts of interest that would preclude membership. Potential candidates may need to provide detailed information about matters related to financial holdings, employment, and research grants or contracts. Nominations should be submitted by July 20, 2007.

>>> Request for Nominations
>>> Announcement of Committee Establishment
>>> FDA Letter [pdf]

American Nurse Today CE Module Targets Intimate Partner Violence
The latest issue of American Nurse Today features the CE module, When Closeness Breeds Cruelty: Helping Victims of Intimate Partner Violence. Health Care providers may encounter domestic abuse victims in the course of routine care or when caring for a physical or psychological condition caused by such abuse. Because of our frequent contact with potential abuse victims and the nature of our relationship with them, we’re in a unique position to screen for abuse and intervene appropriately. We also play a legal role. Police and prosecutors may rely on our assessment and documentation of abuse-related injuries and in some states we’re required by law to report suspected cases of domestic abuse.

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Honor a Nurse Campaign
The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) thanks individuals who continue the tradition of Honor a Nurse in celebration of nurses everywhere! In celebration of Nurses Week 2007, each of these nurses were honored with a special gift to ANF. More...

Call for Abstracts - NDNQI® National Data Use Conference
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is hosting the 2nd annual National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI®) national data use conference on January 30-February 1, 2008 at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®, A Loews Hotel- Orlando, FL. The theme for this year's conference is Workforce Engagement in Using Data to Improve Outcomes.

Abstracts are now being sought for presentations or posters. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, July 23, 2007 at 11:59pm (EST). More...

HRSA 2007 Nursing Scholarships
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has just posted the application for the FY 2007 nursing scholarship. Through this program, nursing school students can receive scholarships to pay for their tuition and fees, as well as a $1,200/ month stipend. Upon graduation, these nurses must work full-time in a facility deemed to have a critical shortage of nurses - for at least 2 years (some will have a longer service commitment. Applications must be received by HRSA by June 30.

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ANA Hosting Major Policy Conference
Nursing Care in Life, Death and Disaster
Learn from the Leaders in Disaster Issues...
The 2007 Quadrennial Policy Conference has some of the some of the best speakers around! The leaders in the field of disaster planning and management will share the expertise with you in a series of general and concurrent sessions. And don’t forget – you will have the opportunity to give your input into an important policy that addresses the issue of the standard of care appropriate to the situation! Take a look at just a few of our top notch speakers:

  • CAPT Lynn A. Slepski, RN, MSN, CCNS
    Senior Public Health Advisor, Department of Homeland Security
  • Carole Jakeway, RN, MPH
    Chief Nurse, Division of Public Health
  • Faith Fields, MSN, RN
    President, National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • Pat Adamski, MSN, MBA
    Director of Standards Interpretation, The Joint Commission
  • CAPT Ann Knebel, RN, DNSc, FAAN
    Deputy Director for Preparedness Planning
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
    Department of Health and Human Services
  • Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC
    Institute for Biosecurity
    St. Louis University School of Public Health
  • Lisa M. Koonin, MN, MPH
    Chief, Private and Public Partners Branch
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Christine Tebaldi, MS, NPP, APRN,BC
    University of Rochester Medical Center
  • James Augustine, MD
    Medical Director, Atlanta Fire Department

Attendees will include nurse managers, staff nurses, policy and government officials at all levels and other health care professionals. Attendance is limited so register today.

In partnership with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing.

ANA and NYSNA Condemn Exploitation of Filipino Registered Nurses
The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) today condemned the exploitation of immigrant RNs by unscrupulous U.S. employers and called for better enforcement of immigration laws.

They cited the case of 26 registered nurses from the Philippines who say they were brought to New York under false pretenses and denied the rights guaranteed by their employment contract. Read Press Release...

ANA's New Book/CD: Teaching IOM: Implications of the Institute of Medicine Reports for Nursing Education
Free Shipping through September 30...
Nursing faculty can use this as a teaching tool to discuss contemporary issues with graduate or undergraduate students. These include identifying work redesign in terms of integration of technology; addressing patient safety, quality, and national quality indicators, using electronic medical records and documentation, and funding from research, education, and health policy agencies and professional organizations. Clinical educators will find the book useful to update nurses as to the why dramatic changes are taking place in their work environment.

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ANCC Magnet Designation - May 2007
The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition within nursing of professional nursing practice. The following are the facilities that received Magnet Designation in May 2007:

  • Memorial Hospital West, Pembroke Pines, FL
More on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®