SILVER SPRING, MD — The ANA Enterprise today announced that Sage Products (a part of Stryker Medical) is the first corporate sponsor of its Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge, a national movement designed to transform the health of the nation by improving the health of America's 3.6 million registered nurses. The HNHN Grand Challenge will launch in May 2017. The ANA Enterprise is comprised of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation.
"Nurses are on the frontlines delivering quality health care 24/7," said Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president of the American Nurses Association. "While nurses are committed to caring for others, they often struggle to care for themselves, due to long work hours, lack of sleep and lack of access to healthy food. Sage Products' sponsorship of Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation will help educate nurses and connect them with the tools and resources they need. These resources will help nurses get and stay healthy, and protect them from avoidable injuries while caring for patients."
As the largest group of health care professionals, nurses are critical to America's health care system. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses have the fourth-highest rate of injuries and illnesses that result in days away from work when compared to all other occupations.
The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge will address this challenge by connecting and engaging individual nurses, employers of nurses, state nurses associations, and specialty nurses associations to take action to improve nurses' health in five key areas: physical activity, rest, nutrition, quality of life, and safety. The ANA Enterprise has developed numerous measures to track results and demonstrate the impact of HNHN on improving health and wellness. Grand challenges are ambitious, socially beneficial goals that successfully address a systemic and embedded problem through collaboration and joint leadership.
"We are honored to further enhance our partnership with the ANA and support the Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Grand Challenge, with a specific focus on Safe Patient Handling. Nurses are the heart of health care and helping to prevent nursing related injuries aligns with our mission of making health care better," said Jeff Gorton, Senior Director of Marketing, Sage Products.
Sage Products' sponsorship will help highlight the importance of having healthy nurses serving as role models of health for each other, as well as for the patients and communities they serve. ANA Enterprise will continue to engage in discussions with other prospective sponsors.
In addition to HNHN, ANA is declaring 2017 to be the Year of the Healthy Nurse. Each month, ANA will highlight various health, safety, and wellness topics important not only to nurses, but to their co-workers, families, patients, and communities.
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About the ANA Enterprise
The ANA Enterprise is comprised of the American Nurses Association, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Nurses Foundation. The Enterprise will leverage the combined strength of each to drive excellence in practice and ensure nurses' voice and vision are recognized by policy leaders, industry influencers and employers. From professional development and advocacy to credentialing and grants, the ANA Enterprise is the leading resource for nurses to arm themselves with the tools, information and network they need to excel in their individual practices. In helping individual nurses succeed — across all practices and specialties, and at each stage of their careers — the ANA Enterprise is lighting the way for the entire profession to succeed.
About Sage Products
Since 1971, Sage Products has developed and produced innovative products that have significantly improved outcomes for patients and clinicians, while improving efficiency and profitability for healthcare facilities. In 2016, Sage was acquired by Stryker Corporation and is a business within the Stryker Medical Division. Sage is a leading developer of products used to prevent hospital-acquired conditions such as skin injury due to incontinence, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, and healthcare worker injury. To learn more, visit www.sageproducts.com.