The American Nurses Association held their Membership Assembly this past week, during which nurse leaders took action on key issues centering on fostering an ethical environment, infection prevention and control, and advancing and public reporting of quality measures that capture nursing care. They also elected three members to the ANA Board of Directors and four to an ANA committee, and voted on bylaws focused on association governance.
NFPA's Chairman of the Board, Ernest James Grant, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN, from the North Carolina Nurses Association, was elected to the ANA Board of Directors as vice president.
In other action, assembly members voted to approve three practice and health care resolutions. One, in part, recommends that ANA promote knowledge and application of the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements in a systematic and comprehensive way within nursing education programs and professional development. Another resolution focuses on ANA working to identify and disseminate innovative strategies to engage nurses in broad infection protection and disaster preparedness activities, among other efforts. The third resolution includes asking ANA to advance quality measures and data policy to include measures that capture nursing care in national public reporting efforts.
In an additional activity, more than 320 nurse leaders in attendance, including observers, participated in a strategic discussion on engaging members and developing leaders locally in the digital age.