Sunday December 21st 2014

Nurses gather for Membership Assembly

Events at the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Membership Assembly will draw from the theme of “Nurses Leading the Way” — with nurse representatives engaging in leadership and professional issues discussions, electing ANA officials, participating in political advocacy and recognizing 10 nurses who have made significant achievements for patients, the profession and public health.

Nurses from around the nation participated in last year's Assembly.

The Assembly is being held June 13-14 in Washington, DC, and is comprised of representatives from constituent and state nurses associations (C/SNAs), the Individual Member Division and specialty-focused organizational affiliates, as well as the ANA Board of Directors. There also are nongoverning activities for wide participation, including Lobby Day.

Among the planned events:

• In addition to addressing governance issues, Assembly representatives will engage in three “dialogue forums” that will focus on continued barriers to full practice at all levels of nursing — RN and advanced practice registered nurse; Medicare funding and other issues related to hospice programs and palliative care; and high-performing interprofessional teams.

• The election of a new ANA president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, director-at-large (recent graduate) and three members to the nominations and elections committee.

• Five nurses will be inducted into ANA’s Hall of Fame, and five nurse leaders will receive Honorary Awards. A National Awards ceremony and reception will celebrate their achievements on June 12.

• An estimated 200 nurses will attend Lobby Day on June 12, and many more will participate virtually. Nurses will head to Capitol Hill after being briefed on issues including safe staffing, durable medical equipment, safe patient handling and mobility, and home health. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will be honored with ANA’s Congressional Nurse Advocate awards.

• Nurses can celebrate at an ANA-PAC event, “ANA-PAC Rocks DC,” featuring the HariKaraoke Band, on June 13. ANA-PAC will host a high donor hospitality suite and other activities.

• The American Nurses Foundation is holding a luncheon recognizing its high donors on June 13.

There will be many other leadership-focused presentations, as well as formal and informal networking opportunities. Watch for ongoing Assembly coverage at as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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