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Year of the Health Nurse: 2017

December 11, 2016

2017 will be ANA’s Year of the Healthy Nurse!  Recently, ANA has featured an annual, yearlong initiative highlighting an important component of nursing.  2015 was the Year of Ethics, 2016 focused on the Culture of Safety.  For 2017’s Year of the Healthy Nurse, specific health, safety, and wellness topics have been selected for each month, see below.  If your C/SNA has resources, conferences, activities, products, and/or events that you would like to see showcased by ANA that relate to any of the topics listed below, please contact Holly Carpenter, ANA Senior Policy Advisor, Nursing Programs at [email protected] at least 2-3 weeks prior to the month of interest.  Thank you so much for your participation!
Month Topics
January Worksite Wellness
February Cardiovascular Health 
March Nutrition
April Combatting Stress
May Women’s Health
National Fitness and Sports Month
June Men’s Health
Cancer Awareness
Skin Health
July Healthy Sleep 
August Happiness
September Recovery
Work-Life Balance
October Infection Control
Moral Resilience/Moral Distress
November Mental Health
December Healthy Eating/Healthy Holidays

Clean Air for Colorado Invitation

December 9, 2016


Please join health leaders in Colorado to discuss the importance of clean air in Colorado

When: Monday, December 12, 2016  2pm - 3pm

Who: Representatives from Nurses for a Healthy Environment, American Lung Association, and Moms Clean Air Force 

Where: National Jewish Hospital 1400 Jackson St. Denver, CO 80206



ANA Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump

December 6, 2016

December 5, 2016
Donald J. Trump President-Elect
1717 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20006

Dear President-Elect Trump:
America’s 3.6 million registered nurses (RNs) care profoundly about the health and welfare of our nation. Nurses provide expert, compassionate care for people throughout their life and work in every health care setting. As the largest group of health care professionals and the nation’s most trusted profession, nurses are a valuable resource for improving the nation’s health care delivery system.

For decades, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has advocated for health care system reforms that would guarantee access to high-quality, affordable health care for all. ANA is calling on you and your administration to prioritize the health of the nation, which is foundational to progress and economic growth. We are pleased to share our principles for health system transformation.

ANA’s Principles for Health System Transformation

The system must:
Ensure universal access to a standard package of essential health care services for all citizens and residents. This includes:
 An essential benefits package that provides access to comprehensive services, including mental health services.
 Prohibition of the denial of coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
 Inclusion of children on parent’s health insurance coverage until age 26.
 Expansion of Medicaid as a safety net for the most vulnerable, including the chronically ill,
elderly and poor.
Optimize primary, community-based and preventive services while supporting the cost-effective use of innovative, technology-driven, acute, hospital-based services. This includes:
 Primary health care that is focused on developing an engaged partnership with the patient.
 Primary health care that includes preventive, curative, and rehabilitative services delivered in a coordinated manner by members of the health care team.
 Removing barriers and restrictions that prevent RNs and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
(APRNs) from contributing fully to patient care in all communities.
 Care coordination services that reduce costs and improve outcomes with consistent payment
for all qualified health professionals delivering such services, including nurses.
Encourage mechanisms to stimulate economical use of health care services while supporting those who do not have the means to share in costs. This includes:
 A partnership between the government and private sector to bear health care costs.
 Payment systems that reward quality and the appropriate, effective use of resources.
 Beneficiaries paying for a portion of their care to provide an incentive for the efficient use of services while ensuring that deductibles and co-payments are not a barrier to receiving care.
 Elimination of lifetime caps or annual limits on coverage.
 Federal subsidies based on an income-based sliding scale to assist individuals to purchase
insurance coverage.
Ensure a sufficient supply of a skilled workforce dedicated to providing high quality health care services. This includes:
 An adequate supply of well-educated, well-distributed, and well-utilized registered nurses.
 Increased funding, whether grant or loan repayment based, for programs and services focused
on increasing the primary care workforce.
 Funding to elevate support for increasing nursing faculty and workforce diversity.

ANA looks forward to working with you and your administration to address our nation’s health care challenges. We look forward to sharing the expertise of nurses throughout your transition period and presidency to improve the health care system and the health of the nation. Should you or your staff have any questions, please contact me or Michelle Artz, Director, Government Affairs ([email protected] or 301-628-5098).

Yours in partnership,
Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN President

Cc: Andrew Bremberg

For more information ANA Letter to President-Elect Trump


Nominations for Colorado's 2017 Nightingale Luminaries

December 5, 2016

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards, administered and managed by the Colorado Nurses Foundation with regional outreach and regional selection provided by local Area Health Education Centers and independent Nightingale committees in the Pikes Peak Region and on the Western Slope.

The Nightingale Awards, given since 1985, are Colorado’s highest nursing honor. Nominations are accepted online at:

Download 2017 Nightingale Nomination Poster

How to nominate a nurse

Meet with the nominee to discuss the categories and areas of recognition
Determine which category of practice best identifies the nominee:
Category I: Nurses in Clinical Practice (50% or their time or above providing direct patient care)
Category II: Administrators, Educators, Researchers, Non-Traditional Practice Roles (any other RN)
Determine area of recognition for the nominee and answer 6 to 7 questions regarding your nominee’s category/area of recognition. (Click here to review the questions):
Advocacy – advancing a cause or proposal
Leadership – motivating others to work toward a common goal
Innovation – demonstrating creativity that addresses today’s challenges/opportunities
Identify two individuals to request a letter of support from (other than the nominator). These letters of support should address how the nominee has advanced the profession of nursing or has positively impacted his/her community. Be sure to share with the letter writers the category and area of recognition for your nominee
Be sure to nominate your nurse in the correct region! Region corresponds to the county in which the nurse works. This list shows which regions accept nominations from which counties. If a nurse works in a facility, use the county in which the facility is located. If the nurse travels, use the county of the branch or office to which the nurse reports.

Download the Nightingale Nomination Questions

Key dates

Nominations close statewide on 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, except in Southwestern Colorado AHEC and San Luis Valley AHEC

Nominations close earlier in Southwestern Colorado AHEC (11:59 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, 2016)

Nominations close earlier in San Luis Valley AHEC (11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2016)

Please note the entry deadlines, these dates are final and there will be no extensions provided. The system will automatically prevent entry submission after the deadline
Regional Luminaries announced: Varies by region

Regional Luminaries recognized and state recipients announced: Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 7 PM Mountain time (tentative)

If you have any questions on the entry process, please contact the organizers at [email protected] or 720-457-1004


ANA Faculty Online Community Now Available

December 5, 2016

Sometimes, only a fellow faculty member can offer the perspective and solution to a challenge you are facing. ANA is dedicated to helping you navigate these challenges and has designed a new resource precisely for this purpose: an online community especially for our members who teach in schools of nursing.

This online community offers a unique experience, one built on networking, sharing and trust. Our ultimate goal is to foster a community that encourages you to seek advice and feedback from like-minded colleagues.

Log on with your MyANA credentials at to join the conversation.


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