AAN President's Pages
Courage and conviction: The Academy's next 50 yearsCourage is one of the core values of the American Academy of Nursing—and it is as vital and essential in 2023, when we celebrate the Academy's 50th Anniversary, as it was when a group of dedicated nurse leaders visualized and established the organization in 1973 as part of the American Nurses Association (ANA). Courage also fueled the redefinition of our relationship with ANA in 1999, when the Academy secured its own organizational status while staying in partnership with ANA.
A story, serendipity, and the power to actIn my first column for Nursing Outlook as President, I wrote about the power that a story can have on us, both emotionally and intellectually. I chose this topic because reflection is the first theme of the Academy's 50th Anniversary arch. Now, as 2022 comes to a close, I want to share a few reflections from fellows of the American Academy of Nursing who have chosen to honor me with their story.
Can we calm the sea? A reflection on steadying the nursing workforce“The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.” ― Vladimir Nabokov
To learn: The power of reflectionReflection can take many forms—writing, journaling, taking a long walk, daydreaming, talking with friends or colleagues—and it can provide us with insights that bring clarity and wisdom. It can spur a new direction or lead to a resolution for change. Reflection can also bring forth a wide range of emotions. Unlike the other kind of reflection— where light, sound, heat, or an image is sent back and not absorbed— our reflections often bring with them strongly felt sentiments. As the American Academy of Nursing (Academy) launches this first year of a three-year, 50th Anniversary commemoration, our theme for 2022 is reflection.