Working hard to keep the nation healthy—and keep the nation’s trust
The American public once again ranked nurses as the professionals with the highest honesty and ethical standards, according to a Gallup poll released in December 2016. That marks the 15th consecutive year that the public has deemed nurses the most trusted out of a wide spectrum of professions, including pharmacists and medical doctors, who ranked second and third, respectively.
Every day, millions of nurses are on the front lines in the fight to improve the health of all Americans. Whether they are by the bedside or in the boardroom, nurses continue to be a trusted resource and a vital part of our nation’s healthcare system. The Gallup poll findings reflect the trust the public has in us, and we’ll continue to work hard to keep that trust.
ANA Enterprise celebrates the 2017 Excellence in Nursing Award honorees for embracing this responsibility—to protect, promote and optimize the health of their patients while serving as role models, educators and advocates.
ANA has dubbed 2017 the Year of the Healthy Nurse. This theme is part of ANA’s healthy nurse initiatives, including #FitNurseFriday and the launch of ANA Enterprise’s Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Grand Challenge. The HNHN Grand Challenge is a national movement designed to transform the health of the nation by improving the health of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses. As the largest group of healthcare professionals, nurses are also critical to improving America’s healthcare system.
We are honored to sponsor the 2017 Excellence in Nursing Awards and celebrate some of the many nurses who are leading the way for their colleagues, their patients and their profession.
Marla Weston is CEO of ANA Enterprise, which comprises the American Nurses Association, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Nurses Foundation.