It is with great joy and pride that I raise my voice today to celebrate the courage we have mustered and all we have achieved together since last May. We—as individuals, as an association, and as a profession—have much to celebrate. The boldness of our voices has begun to create the change so desperately needed throughout healthcare—in our work environments and in the lives of our patients and their families.

  • In California, AACN (American Association of Critical-Care Nurses) member Lisa Ayers spoke to her manager about an orientation assignment she felt set up the orientee for failure. The manager listened. Lisa’s assignment changed, and so did the assignment system for orientees in her unit.

  • Cindy Noe, president of the Southwest Georgia Chapter of AACN, testified before a Senate Subcommittee on the nursing shortage. To the senators she boldly stated,...

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