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Asking and Advocating for What Nurses Need (Free National Nurses Month 2023 Webinar)

ANA President Jennifer S. Mensik Kennedy, Ahnyel Burkes

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Online Course & CNE Credit Expiration: 05/17/2026
1.5 Contact Hours
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The 2023 National Nurses Month Webinar is sponsored by Capella University.

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According to the 2022 Workplace Survey, 31% of responding nurses stated that their organizations could increase their overall work satisfaction by “[genuinely listening] to my voice and [addressing] my needs.”

That’s you. Your colleagues. Your friends.

Your voice is needed from the halls of hospitals to those on Capitol Hill. This webinar will inform you about the tools and information needed to ask for what you need. ANA’s Policy & Government Affairs team will provide you with an overview of how they, with the help of ANA members and advocates, work to improve the nursing profession using the case study of our work to prevent and end Workplace Violence. You and your colleagues will receive:

  • An overview on how ANA works with Congressional representatives and staff to influence changes to federal law to improve nursing
  • An understanding of how federal laws are implemented through the regulatory process, with a focus on the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the primary federal agency responsible for addressing workplace violence prevention
  • Updates on the wide range of activities happening in state legislatures across the country, featuring Ahnyel Burkes, interim Executive Director of Louisiana State Nurses Association
  • Actions you can take to be part of ANA’s grassroots efforts. When you add your voice to the conversation, you are influencing elected officials – reminding them that nurses are paying attention

The webinar will end with a conversation with ANA Director-at-Large, Amy McCarthy, to provide you with the context of how you can take what you learned to your everyday work as a nurse and advocate.

The 2023 National Nurses Month Webinar is supported by Capella University.


Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand your positions and how they intersect with ANA’s advocacy work
  • Learn how you can use your communications skills to advocate for yourself and the profession

Presented by

Jennifer S. Mensik Kennedy


ANA President

A sought-after presenter and prolific author, Jennifer S. Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, serves as the 38th president of the American Nurses Association. In this national leadership role, Mensik Kennedy boldly advocates for the nation’s 5.5 million RNs. In 2023, she was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

Mensik Kennedy is a sought-after presenter and prolific author based on her insights about and experience involving key nursing issues. Her books include Lead, Drive, and Thrive in the System, 2nd edition, and The Nurse Manager’s Guide to Innovative Staffing, 2nd edition. She co-authored Lead like a Nurse, A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Transitioning to the Professional Nurse Role, and The Power of Ten, 2nd edition, and contributed a chapter to The Career Handoff: A Healthcare Leader’s Guide to Knowledge & Wisdom Transfer across Generations.

Prior to her presidency, Mensik Kennedy held key leadership positions within the nursing profession, including serving the American Nurses Association as Treasurer, Second Vice President, and Director-at-Large. She also served as President of the Arizona Nurses Association from 2007 to 2010. Additionally, Mensik Kennedy held the role of governor of nursing practice for the Western Institute of Nursing in 2010-2014.

Mensik Kennedy earned a PhD from the University of Arizona College of Nursing with a focus on health systems and a minor in public administration from the Eller College of Management. She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BSN from Washington State University. Mensik Kennedy also earned an ADN from Wenatchee Valley College-North. Prior to assuming the presidency of American Nurses Association, she was an associate clinical professor at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing.

Mensik Kennedy was inducted in 2014 as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She has been recognized as Alumna of the Year by both University of Arizona College of Nursing and Washington State University College of Nursing.

Ahnyel Burkes


Dr. Ahnyel Burkes is the interim Executive Director of the Louisiana State Nurses Association and Louisiana Nurses Foundation. She is a nurse entrepreneur and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Culture of Care LLC. She is an Adjunct Nursing Faculty at Louisiana State University. She has served in numerous nursing leadership roles ranging from local, statewide, and national. Dr. Burkes received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University, a Master of Science in Nursing with a Healthcare Systems Management concentration from Loyola University in New Orleans, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Nurse Executive Leadership concentration from Chamberlain University. Dr. Burkes is certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing and as an Advanced Nurse Executive.

In her previous role as the Director of Health Policy and Advocacy for the Louisiana State Nurses Association she led the association’s legislative agenda. Dr. Burkes is the chair of the Louisiana Nursing Supply and Demand Council and Chair of the Louisiana Healthcare Workplace Violence Task Force. One of her most notable contributions was spearheading Louisiana first Workplace Violence Law in 2022. Dr. Burkes completed the American Nurses Advocacy Institute in 2022. She is passionate about Health Policy and has served on various governmental boards, committees and taskforces focused on the healthcare workforce, healthy healthcare work environments and nursing practice.

Dr. Burkes has received numerous awards. She was inducted into the Louisiana Great 100 Nurses in 2018 and selected as a City Business 2021 Health Care Hero. In addition, she was awarded the Louisiana State Nightingale Registered Nurse of the Year Award in 2018, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s 2019 Certified Nurse Award in Medical Surgical Nursing and the New Orleans District Nurses Association’s Legacy award in 2022. In 2021 she was recognized by Ochsner Health for Outstanding Community Achievement by a Nurse. She was recognized as a 40 under 40 honoree at her alma mater, Dillard University and recognized as the National inaugural 2022 Chamberlain University Emerging Caregiver. Dr. Burkes was listed on the 2022 Becker’s Hospital Review 75 Black Healthcare Leaders to Know.Dr. Burkes is a member of the American Nurse Association (Louisiana Nurses Association) and serves on the National Committee for Nursing Practice Standards. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the National Black Nurses Association.

Location Details

Online at 1 pm ET, May 17, 2023.


Use of these or any other course(s)/material(s) does not imply eligibility for certification or successful performance on any certification exam, nor is it a requirement to qualify for individual certification.

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The American Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


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