Work­ing hard to keep the na­tion healthy—and keep the na­tion’s trust

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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.

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