Magazine article American Nurse Today

From Your ANA President: Celebrating Our Profession and Looking to the Future

Magazine article American Nurse Today

From Your ANA President: Celebrating Our Profession and Looking to the Future

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LIKE THE START OF A NEW YEAR, I tend to think of National Nurses Week (NNW) as a marker--a time to look back at all we've accomplished, to celebrate the here and now, and to consider what opportunities lie ahead for ourselves and our profession. For me, this NNW is one of endings and new beginnings. Next month, my term as ANA president is coming to a close and I will embark on a new path.

As with any new beginning, it's exciting, challenging, and at times, frankly a little unsettling. I consider myself fortunate, however, to be an RN, because the very nature of our profession lends itself to new and diverse opportunities. I can recall getting my first job as a staff nurse on a surgical unit and feeling so happy that I'd made it--I was a nurse. Over time, I became a charge nurse on a med-surg unit and then specialized in emergency nursing, which was my passion for many years. Even though I was active in my state nurses association, I didn't think I would become a national advocate for safe sharps and ultimately witness the president of the United States signing needle-stick safety legislation.

And I didn't know then that I'd have the privilege of serving as president of ANA, helping to transform the association into one that is even more relevant and responsive. I've been particularly proud of how we have created more opportunities for nurses to engage in collaborative work on issues, such as optimal staffing and care coordination, and have continued to elevate nurses as leaders in healthcare reform.

Throughout my career, I've benefited from a network of professional colleagues, at work and through my state association and ANA, who've encouraged me to take chances, seize opportunities, pursue more education, and further develop my leadership skills.

This year, the NNW theme is "Nurses Leading the Way." It's appropriate because we lead every time we identify a problem and develop a plan to address it--whether it's for an individual patient, the greater public health, or anything in between. …

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