Cel­e­brat­ing the nurses who set the stan­dard

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS -

The prac­tice of nurs­ing is chang­ing faster than ever be­fore. In the past year alone, we’ve made ma­jor leaps in education, pol­icy and lead­er­ship. Our pro­fes­sion con­tin­ues to rise to the In­sti­tute of Medicine’s chal­lenge of in­creas­ing the pro­por­tion of nurses with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Nurs­ing from 50% to 80% by 2020; the Nurse and Health Care Worker Pro­tec­tion Act was rein­tro­duced in Congress; and for the 14th time since 1999, nurs­ing was rated as the most trusted pro­fes­sion by an an­nual Gallup poll that ranks hon­esty and ethics in pro­fes­sions.

Our grow­ing work­force of nurses is smarter, stronger and savvier than ever—and op­por­tu­ni­ties for nurses con­tinue to ex­pand. There will be far more jobs avail­able for reg­is­tered nurses than for any other pro­fes­sion through 2022, at more than 100,000 per year. This is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for our pro­fes­sion, and it is nurses such as the Mod­ern Health­care Ex­cel­lence in Nurs­ing Award win­ners pro­filed in this is­sue who con­tinue to take the prac­tice of nurs­ing for­ward.

The ANA En­ter­prise salutes the Ex­cel­lence in Nurs­ing Award honorees for em­body­ing ex­actly what it means to be a nurse to­day. We must be fear­less. We must be for­ward-think­ing. We must care pas­sion­ately for our pa­tients. And we must lead.

The ANA En­ter­prise com­prises the Amer­i­can Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion, the Amer­i­can Nurses Cre­den­tial­ing Cen­ter and the Amer­i­can Nurses Foun­da­tion. Th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions lev­er­age the com­bined strength of each en­tity to drive ex­cel­lence in prac­tice and en­sure the voice and vi­sion of nurses are rec­og­nized. We em­body and sup­port the val­ues that this year’s award win­ners ex­em­plify: ex­cel­lence in prac­tice, courage and com­pas­sion to el­e­vate the en­tire pro­fes­sion. We are honored to spon­sor the awards and cel­e­brate th­ese amaz­ing nurses who are light­ing the way for their col­leagues, their pa­tients and their in­dus­try. It is up to all of us to en­sure that nurse lead­ers con­tinue to be sup­ported and re­warded for their vi­sion.

Marla We­ston CEO ANA En­ter­prise

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