AMERICAN NURSES ASSN: LAUNCHES NATIONAL LABOR CAMPAIGN
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approved a "bold plan" to strengthen the association's role as a
comprehensive voice for nurses -- an explicit response to efforts
by national trade unions to recruit nurses. The plan, approved
during the ANA board's December meeting, includes multi-million
dollar increases in funding for core programs focused on
improving the present and future work lives of registered nurses.
The ANA noted that some of its state affiliates have voiced
concerns about "nurses joining non-nurse unions and have called
upon ANA to target resources to mount a national labor agenda."
"AFT, CWA, SEIU and UFCW cannot speak as nurses or for nurses and
their patients and families. Only nurses can represent nurses,"
said ANA Executive Director Geri Marullo, MSN, RN.
In addition to focusing on workplace advocacy and a national
labor agenda, the ANA board dedicated "significant resources"
toward membership partnerships, quality initiatives, the ANA's
federal legislative program and the "Nursing's Blueprint for
Action" in a changing health care environment. According to the
group, the ANA will build on past and current efforts,
maintaining the momentum of gathering quality-related data and
effectively using that data to advocate not only for quality
patient care, but for the nursing profession, as well.
Additional resources for Nursing's Blueprint for Action will be
used to articulate what the future health care system should look
like and strategize how to achieve that system. "Ultimately, the
successes of ANA and the [state nursing associations] will be
reflected locally, nurse by nurse, patient by patient, in the
outcomes of individual lives. ANA is only as strong as its
members, and as the membership grows, so, too, will nursing's
strengths," said ANA President Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN
The ANA board also announced yesterday that Argene Carswell,
JD, RN, has been appointed interim executive director effective
January 1. Carswell will take the ANA helm when Marullo returns
to Hawaii to pursue new career opportunities. Carswell currently
serves as the ANA's deputy executive director for leadership
services, subsidiaries and support services; previously she
served as deputy executive director of the California Nurses
Association (ANA release, 12/15).