Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, a member of the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN) became ANA’s 35th president Saturday, following a vote by nurse leaders attending ANA’s House of Delegates (HOD).
"I am proud to be ANA, to be a nurse, and to be part of an association that -- under the leadership of President Patton and [other] past presidents who have gone before -- has guided and advanced our profession for over 100 years. Because of ANA and their efforts, nurses today are better able to care for their patients."
Looking to the future, she called for nurse delegates to move forward with a newly energized commitment to the work of nursing.
"We have exciting and challenging work ahead," said Daley, a former emergency nurse who was instrumental in the passage of the ANA-promoted needlestick law and who served on ANA’s Board of Directors for the past two years. "As an association and profession, we must draw on the strength of our values – for the challenges that we face may have changed, but the things that we believe in have not.
"As your president, I commit to doing all in my power to awaken the pride in and passion for ANA in each and every nurse in this country."
Outgoing President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, was presented with a framed photo of her with President Obama; a memory book holding special messages from nurses in her honor; and the ANA "past presidents" pin. She also was serenaded by her home state association delegation – the Ohio Nurses Association – with their version of the theme song from the television show "Welcome Back, Kotter" – "Welcome Back, Becky."
"We are the beating heart of our health care system," Patton said in her outgoing remarks. "Let’s make sure it has the right nutrients to continue to do that."
Delegates also elected ANA officers, and members to ANA's board, nominating committee and the Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics.
In other actions, delegates approved resolutions, including measures that address both documented and undocumented immigrants' access to health care; the ethical implications of social networking for nurses; and mentoring programs for novice nurses.