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ANA President Statement On Racist Violence

June 10, 2020

I wanted to make sure that you saw the statement I made today condemning racist violence against black communities. I hope you will join me in my call to action.

"As a nation, we have witnessed yet again an act of incomprehensible racism and police brutality, leading to the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd. This follows other recent unjustified killings of black men and women, such as Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor to name a few.  

Protests have erupted in cities across the country and the world in response to a persistent pattern of racism in our society that creates an environment where such killings occur. Justice is slow and actions to ensure real change are lacking.

As a black man and registered nurse, I am appalled by senseless acts of violence, injustice, and systemic racism and discrimination. Even I have not been exempt from negative experiences with racism and discrimination. The Code of Ethics obligates nurses to be allies and to advocate and speak up against racism, discrimination and injustice. This is non-negotiable.

Racism is a longstanding public health crisis that impacts both mental and physical health. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this crisis and added to the stress in the black community, which is experiencing higher rates of infection and deaths.

At this critical time in our nation, nurses have a responsibility to use our voices to call for change. To remain silent is to be complicit. I call on you to educate yourself and then use your trusted voice and influence to educate others about the systemic injustices that have caused the riots and protests being covered in the news. The pursuit of justice requires us all to listen and engage in dialogue with others. Leaders must come together at the local, state, and national level and commit to sustainable efforts to address racism and discrimination, police brutality, and basic human rights. We must hold ourselves and our leaders accountable to committing to reforms and action. 

I have a deeper moral vision for society, one in which we have a true awareness about the inequities in our country which remain the most important moral challenge of the 21st century. This pivotal moment calls for each of us to ask ourselves which side of history we want to be on and the legacy we will pass on to future generations."

This statement is also available here
Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN
ANA President

COVID-19 Self Care Videos By Members

Posted: June 9, 2020

Thank you to these SIG 31 members who have provided self care short videos to help nurses cope with the challenges of today. These are for our fellow nurses working the front line of the COVID pandemic. The videos are all about self care, nurse to nurse.

These videos may also be accessed on the website here.


Announcing the Well-Being Initiative: Virtual Tools to Support Nurses' Mental Health

June 8, 2020

Every day, you and your colleagues show up on the frontlines to care for others under unprecedented conditions. The American Nurses Foundation recognizes the extraordinary stresses you face. To help, we've partnered with the nation's leading nursing organizations to develop comprehensive, online resources to support your mental health and well-being


Virtual Support System

  • Nurses Together, peer-to-peer phone calls scheduled throughout the 24 hour day and offered 7 days a week to provide you with a safe space to openly share experiences and best practices with your colleagues. Learn more and register here.
  • The Happy app "warm line" offering round-the-clock access to a trained Support Giver. Learn how to access the app here.
  • Narrative Expressive Writing, process your experiences related to COVID-19 in writing with this five-week guided narrative writing program. You will be invited to respond anonymously to weekly prompts which will be reviewed and responded to by trained professionals. Capacity in this pilot initiative is limited, sign up to participate here. 

Digital Toolkit

The Moodfit app that enables you to set your own goals using best-practice methods such as mindfulness meditation, breathing exercises, lifestyle tracking (sleeping and nutrition) and set up custom reminders at times that are appropriate for you. Access the app and user code here. 

Join nurses around the country taking part in The Well-Being Initiative. Created in partnership with the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.


Urgent Stakeholder Meeting : Permanent Adoption of Emergency Rules SBON June 18, 2020

June 8, 2020

The State Board of Nursing will hold a VIRTUAL Stakeholder Meeting to receive feedback on whether or not the Board should permanently adopt the emergency rules that were established to effectuate the requirements of Executive Order D 2020 038, as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proposed Rules

  •   A copy of the Notice, and the Emergency Rules considered for permanent adoption are available for download. Please, feel free to make edits to the rules and return to the email address provided below, with the specific changes you would like to see made to these rules or comments of support or nonsupport.

Meeting Information

  •   Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 2:00 P.M.  

Ways to Participate

  • Submit Comments: Oral comments will be taken from participants who are present via webinar. If you cannot make the meeting virtually or wish to make written comments rather than speaking, you may email your written comments to: [email protected] by Friday, June 12, 2020, to be included in the dialogue of this Stakeholder Meeting. 

Meeting Format

Stakeholder input will be limited to discussions regarding the emergency rules. All written and oral comments will be provided to the Board before any permanent rule revisions are considered. If you have any questions or concerns about stakeholder input, please send them to [email protected].  


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