Wednesday October 1st 2014

June 14, 2014: ANA Membership Assembly

New ANA president elected, practice issues addressed

Newly elected ANA President Pamela Cipriano, (left) took the oath of office on June 15, which was administered by ANA Executive Director Debbie Hatmaker.

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, was elected today as the new president of the American Nurses Association (ANA). A Virginia Nurses Association member, she is a nurse consultant and the former editor-in-chief of ANA’s journal, American Nurse Today.

“This is indeed the most impressive honor in my entire career,” said Cipriano in her first address to the Membership Assembly as president. “I look forward to working to serve nurses, improve the quality and safety of care for our patients, and continue to transform our nation’s health.

“I am very pleased to work with you to continue to bring our message forward on how we’re going to lead and change health care. I look forward to creating the next stage of ANA’s legacy, post-transformation.”

Cipriano succeeds Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, who offered some final comments.

“I leave my time as ANA president knowing more than ever that what nurses do for patients and health care matters,” Daley said. “And the power of ANA’s voice will be there in the future – for the profession, individual nurses and the patients that they serve.”

Also on the second day of the Membership Assembly, ANA Chief Executive Officer Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, provided a detailed update on ANA’s progress in its transformation to become an even more relevant and engaging association.

Weston shared a quote she recently came across that inspired her to further reflect on ANA’s journey: “Things are not what they are: they are what they become,” by Gaston Bachelard, a philosopher, poet and physicist.

When looking back on ANA’s achievements over the past two years, Weston believes that the association and Assembly representatives not only asked questions to seek a stronger path, but asked the right questions. The result has been significant strides in membership growth, engagement opportunities and the ability to address emerging issues in a more timely manner, among other key accomplishments.

She thanked Assembly representatives and said, “You’ve been boldly innovative, impactful and worthy of the trust our members put in you.”

Nurses suggested strategies, provided information and asked questions during the dialogue forums.

One of the new strategies to engage representatives was the inclusion of dialogue forums. Participants received information on three different topics and were given the opportunity to discuss concerns, provide updated information from their states or organizations, and offered and voted on recommendations for ANA to advance nursing’s work on these issues. Topics were: scope of practice — full practice authority for all RNs; the integration of palliative care into health care delivery systems — removing barriers and improving access; and high-performing interprofessional teams.

Participants had the opportunity to engage in three dialogue forums to address nursing and health care issues.

Watch for more complete coverage of the forums and the Membership Assembly in the July/August issue of The American Nurse and www.theamericannurse.org.

Join the discussion online at #ANAMA14 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanNursesAssociation.

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