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ANA President Visits with Nursing School Students to Discuss Top Issues Facing Nurses

Keziah Proctor,

SILVER SPRING, MD  – In celebration of National Nurses Month, the American Nurses Association (ANA) President Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, made a special community visit with nursing students at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing to energize and encourage them as they prepare for a career in nursing. They discussed pressing concerns facing today’s nursing workforce, which is enduring unprecedented challenges related to safe work environment, mental health and wellness, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) within the profession.


President Mensik Kennedy spent time learning more about each of the students, their aspirations for a future career in nursing, and took photographs for other nursing students following along on social media.

“I see a group of individuals who will be very powerful and change the profession for the good,” said Mensik Kennedy.

Visit the Nurses Month website, to learn more about this month-long recognition of nurses and how to get involved. Download the Nurses Month toolkit, a free resource that includes thoughtful suggestions on how to engage and celebrate.


About the American Nurses Association
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's more than 4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all. For more information, visit



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