Nurses Come Out Strong for ANA’s Healthy Nurse Conference, Lobby Day

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Strategies to improve nurses’ health and wellness are a strong focus of ANA’s 2012 Healthy Nurse Conference taking place June 14 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center just outside of Washington, DC.

In her welcoming remarks, ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, talked about how nurses generally put the health and well-being of others before taking care of themselves.

“Today’s conference will show you that there is a better path to health and well-being, and ANA will be there to support you every step of the way,” Daley said. 

David Maxfield, New York Times bestselling author and the conference’s keynote speaker, kicked off the formal presentations by providing a new way of looking at changing behaviors.

“We think we fail because we don’t have willpower or the grit to change, or have a character flaw,” Maxfield said. “But what we need are skills to change.”

He noted that people must be able to identify the crucial moments when they are at risk for engaging in unhealthy behaviors and also create “vital behaviors” that will help them succeed in making positive changes. 

In an earlier event, more than 150 nurses from around the country headed to Capitol Hill following a breakfast briefing as part of ANA’s Lobby Day. Another 1,500 participated in the event virtually by sending their members of Congress e-mails or making phone calls. RNs focused on three key issues while meeting Congressional policymakers: supporting legislation to ensure safe RN staffing, solid funding for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs, and a measure that permits advanced practice registered nurses to certify home health plans of care.