Thursday August 21st 2014

June 13, 2014: ANA Membership Assembly

Working together, transforming ANA and recognizing nurse leaders

Membership Assembly participants quickly learned new roles and collaborated in a musical engagement activity.

Hours before the American Nurses Association (ANA) officially opened its second Membership Assembly, some 350 nurses participated in a surprise engagement activity – working in concert to play the classical piece, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” Participants initially divided into two groups to learn their respective parts, and how to play either stringed instruments or percussive instruments, all in about 90 minutes. The result was equally surprising—a collaborative and impressive performance.

Afterward, ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, noted that the activity fit the occasion, because “it demonstrates how quickly we are able to adapt – while maintaining our overall effectiveness as a community.

“Similar to our performance together this morning, as an association we have been able to move from ‘a team of experts’ to an ‘expert team,’ to better produce profound and impactful results that are relevant for nurses and make a difference for our patients.”

Daley also reported on some of the transformative efforts that ANA has undergone during her four-year tenure, and the important impact of the Affordable Care Act and the IOM “Future of Nursing” report.

At an inspiring and joyful event held the previous night, nurses celebrated their profession and the remarkable achievements of 10 of their colleagues. Five nurses were inducted into ANA’s prestigious Hall of Fame, and another five received ANA’s national awards. Hall of Fame recipients or their representatives also participated in a question-and-answer panel June 13 sharing their influences and advice.

The 2014 Hall of Fame and National Award recipients with President Karen A. Daley (front, center) were honored at a reception June 12.

Also on June 12, representatives from ANA’s specialty nursing organizational affiliates reported on their current work around a variety of issues and discussed potential collaborative efforts. Participants shared their activities on membership growth, care coordination, workplace violence and academic progression, among others.

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