HOD - Let's Get It Started!

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President Obama is expected to speak to as many as 675 nurse delegates from around the country who will be attending the American Nurses Association's (ANA) biennial House of Delegates (HOD) on Wednesday, June 16 – the first day of the four-day event taking place in Washington, DC.

Prior to the official kick-off of the HOD, 1,000 nurses will take part in ANA's "Lobby Day" on Wednesday. Nurses in Washington will meet in person with policymakers on Capitol Hill, while others back home will have the opportunity to participate online.

Among the first issues nurse delegates are expected to discuss and vote on are measures designed to prevent hostility, abuse and bullying in the workplace; promote nursing initiatives that improve health literacy; and ensure the safety and effectiveness of reprocessed single-use devices in health care.

Throughout the HOD, ANA will present 20 different awards to those who’ve made significant contributions to nursing practice, the profession, and to public and world health.

Later in the week, nurse delegates are expected to address measures around advanced practice registered nurses and home care, the health care needs of undocumented immigrants, and nurse mentoring programs, as well as to tackle proposed bylaws changes.

Other events include two nursing practice and policy forums; fund-raising activities for the American Nurses Foundation and ANA-PAC; a special presentation on the association’s impact on health care reform by seven of ANA’s past presidents; a discussion of social networking and the nurse; and the election of numerous nurses to ANA posts, including president.

The HOD runs through June 19. Stay in touch with HOD proceedings and other activities online here or through Twitter and Facebook.