Tuesday July 23rd 2019

ANA Conference March 10: Nurses have made gains but more needs to be done

ANA President Pamela Cipriano

Nurses have been instrumental in the significant gains made in improving quality and safety of health care in the United States over the last decade. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, hospital-acquired conditions declined 17 percent between 2010 and 2014—resulting in 2.1 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions, 87,000 lives saved, and $20 billion in savings. Despite these achievements, however, more can and must be done.

Culture of Safety

In welcome remarks, ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, told more than 1,300 nurses at the 2016 ANA Conference, “By being here today, you are demonstrating your own commitment to fostering a culture of safety in health care—wherever you practice—in the hospital, the community, the home, in long term care, in schools, or a clinic. Your voice and leadership will be essential to ensure safety is not compromised.”

Safe patient handling and mobility equipment being demonstrated

ANA’s focus for 2016 is a Culture of Safety which, according to ANA’s “Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards,” is defined as “Core values and behaviors resulting from a collective and sustained commitment by organizational leadership, managers, and health care workers to emphasize safety over competing goals.”

“While patient safety is undoubtedly important, so, too, is that of the health care provider,” Cipriano said. “ANA has a long-standing commitment to ensuring the health and wellness of nurses in all settings.” She then provided examples of ways ANA is advocating for nurses, including an emphasis on eliminating manual patient lifting to prevent musculoskeletal injuries, promoting  ZERO tolerance for violence, incivility, and bullying in the workplace, and calling on nurses and their employers to ensure nurses are not fatigued when they work.

The value of creative thinking

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner, CEO of the Institute for Applied Creativity in Bloomfield Hills, MI, inspired nurses with an energetic keynote speech about the power of “creative disruption” and approaching work processes differently, whether in how a nurse greets a patient, handles paperwork or other daily duties.

“Nurses have to improvise and think creatively,” Linkner said. “These skills will drive better outcomes, better quality and better safety for their patients and communities.”

To drive home his point, Linkner discussed the “5 Obsessions of Innovators” which were: get curious, crave ‘what’s next’, defy tradition, get scrappy and adapt fast.

Linkner encouraged nurses to “not do things the way they’ve always been done” in order to yield better results.

ANA announces new brands

Also, ANA announced the launch of the new ANA Enterprise and the refreshed American Nurses Association and American Nurses Foundation brands. As the organizing structure of ANA, the Foundation, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the ANA Enterprise will leverage the combined strength of each organization to drive excellence in practice and ensure the voice and vision of nurses are recognized.

“The practice of nursing is changing faster than ever before — and like the profession, our organization must grow and change,” said ANA Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The launch of the ANA Enterprise and our new branding will ensure that we’re empowering nurses to succeed and continue leading our profession forward.”

— Veronica Byrd, director of public relations, American Nurses Association

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