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Criminal Charges Against Nurses: What You Should Know and What You Can Do

June 23, 2022

A Free On-Demand Webinar

In February 2019, RaDonda Vaught, RN, was arrested on a criminal indictment and charged with reckless homicide and abuse of an impaired adult after mistakenly administering the wrong medication that killed an elderly patient in 2017. This spring, Nurse Vaught was found guilty and sentenced to three years supervised probation.

Nurses across the United States were shaken by these shocking events. Many are now worried that their mistakes can result in prosecution and possible imprisonment. 

Register now to view the on-demand webinar!

Attendance is FREE for both ANA members and non-members.

A viewing link will be emailed to all registrants on or about July 18, 2022.

Registration closes on September 3, 2022 at 1 pm.

Register now to receive a gift, free access to The American Association of Nurse Attorneys Position Paper: Criminal Prosecution of Health Care Providers for Unintentional Human Error.

Registration is required for individuals and groups.*


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This webinar, presented by Edie Brous, JD, RN, a nationally acclaimed nurse attorney, nurse advocate and speaker, will address those fears and evaluate the Vaught case within the context of other cases in which health care professionals have been criminally charged. 


Join the Emergency Medical Minute for a Pediatric Palliative Event on June 27, 2022!

June 21, 2022

When? June 27, 2022 at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Emergency Medical Minute is proud to partner with the Section of Palliative Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado as we host our upcoming educational event, Pediatric Palliative! This powerful event will explore the world of end-of-life care in children with life-limiting disease or serious illnesses. This event includes the screening of Palliative, the Emmy Nominated short film and winner of the 2019 Denver Film Festival’s best short documentary award. Furthermore, attendees at this event will hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Nadia Tremonti, a pediatric palliative care specialist as well as discussion from an interdisciplinary Q&A panel composed of leading professionals from Colorado’s pediatric palliative care teams. View more information on this event here.


American Nurses Association Elects Jennifer Mensik Kennedy As New National President

June 13, 2022

On Saturday, June 11, The American Nurses Association (ANA) Membership Assembly elected Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, of the Oregon Nurses Association as the association's next president to represent the interests of the nation's more than 4.3 million registered nurses. Mensik has more than 25 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings ranging from rural critical access hospitals and home health to hospital administration, and academia. She has served as President of the Arizona Nurses Association and 2nd Vice President and Treasurer of ANA. The term of service for Dr. Mensik and all other newly elected leaders will begin January 1, 2023. Click here to read more.


American Nurses Association Honors Work to Address Racism in Nursing, Seven nurse leaders receive the 2022 President's Award

June 13, 2022

The American Nurses Association (ANA) presented seven extraordinary nurse leaders with the 2022 President's Award at a ceremony on June 9. The ANA President's Award recognizes significant contributions to the contemporary advancement of ANA's strategic activities on behalf of registered nurses and the nursing profession. ANA President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented the awards during the ceremony that preceded the association's Membership Assembly meeting June 10-11 in Washington, DC.  Click here to read more.

ANA to Embark on Racial Reckoning Journey

On Saturday, June 11th, the voting representatives of the American Nurses Association's (ANA) Membership Assembly unanimously voted "yes" for the association to embark on a racial reckoning journey to acknowledge its past actions that have caused irreparable harm to nurses of color as well as ethnic-minority nursing organizations, and that persist today.

Later this summer, ANA will launch a multi-phase journey of accountability, healing, and reconciliation with an official racial reckoning statement as a starting point for an overdue journey toward the future. ANA intends to take full accountability for its actions. Click here to read more.


American Nurses Foundation Reimagining Nursing (RN) Initiative

The 4.3 million nurses working in the U.S. are well positioned to drive transformation that improves access to health care and creates better outcomes for all.

The American Nurses Foundation Reimagining Nursing (RN) Initiative announced the 10 nurse-led projects selected to drive healthcare transformation across the U.S. Each selected project will receive up to $1.5M over three years to change long-standing practices that leave nurses under-developed, under-utilized, and under-appreciated.

The American Nurses Foundation is confident that these projects will create large-scale, replicable change. For example, one project makes it easier to pay for home-based, nurse-led primary care for people living with dementia. In another, artificial intelligence analyzes nurse knowledge and observations to drive care team decisions and improve patient outcomes.

Explore all projects on the RN Initiative webpage.

The American Nurses Foundation is supporting these nurse-led ideas and scaling projects that work to help nurses realize their full potential—giving them the tools, resources, and power to improve their profession and health care for generations to come.

The RN Initiative focuses on three priority areas for innovation that present unique opportunities
for large-scale, replicable change. Focusing on these areas can enable nurses with cutting-edge
knowledge and tools and improved environments and systems to deliver equitable, exemplary care
to their patients:

Practice-Ready Nurse Graduates pilots will prepare newly graduated nurses to immediately succeed in and contribute to a variety of settings where patients need care;

Technology-Enabled Nursing Practice pilots will support the design and implementation of technology-based tactics and tools that enhance the practice of nursing; and,

Direct-Reimbursement Nursing Model pilots will expand nursing practice and elevate the value of nursing through direct reimbursement for nursing care delivery, management, and coordination outcomes.  Colorado APRNs are invited to participate in this effort.

By 2025, each pilot will deliver evidence that demonstrates how their solution improves nursing.
They will also provide resources and tools that enable their solution to be widely adopted within the
profession. The RN Initiative’s goal is to support the successful pilots and scale them more broadly,
transforming the initial pilots into a reimagined health care system that puts nurses at the center.

For more information on the Reimagining Nursing Initiative, visit the website or contact American Nurses Foundation staff at [email protected].



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