AAN President's Pages
- Through an initial study sponsored by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), I recall that the magnet concept began as an analysis of what made certain hospitals “nurse attractive.” The elements of magnet status became the building blocks for the magnet certification program at the American Nurses Credentialing Center at the American Nurses Association. In our current climate of a shrinking nurse workforce, leaders within health care delivery systems are reinvigorating their attention towards creating work environments that attract and retain nurses.
- For the first time in our collective memories, over the weekend of August 21st, 2004, the boards of directors for the ANA, ANF, ANCC and the AAN came together for an unprecedented joint meeting. Each of the 4 entities is differently configured. One is an open membership association, one a closed, elected fellowship organization, one a foundation designed to optimize philanthropic giving, and one a credentialing entity with various individual and system-level clients. Despite this organizational diversity, we are linked and hold in common the goal to advance the nursing profession through our respective means.
- As Americans, our reputation became significantly tarnished as the media relentlessly profiled the demeaning and inhumane treatment of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of American soldiers. In May, Fellow Jodi Glittenberg wrote to ask that we reiterate our stand against torture. Exactly when detention strategies cross the line to become torture is not easy to discern but it seems a foregone conclusion that we denounce mistreatment of captured or detained (under-advantaged) people in any context, including war.