American Academy of Nursing Announces Strong Support for the Rights of LGBT Individuals Who Are Hospitalized
Washington, D.C. (February 23, 2015) – The American Academy of Nursing announced its strong support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who are hospitalized to have the right to visitation by their family of choice, or designee; to have access to their hospitalized loved ones; and to make decisions on their behalf.
“The Academy fully supports equal rights for LGBT patients and their families. Though a majority of hospitals in the U.S. have policies granting equal rights to LGBT patients—as is now required by Medicare rules and Joint Commission standards—many are not in compliance or have requirements that are too difficult to meet, causing inequality to persist. This must change,” said Academy President, Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN.
The Academy’s policy brief, titled, “Same-sex partnership rights: Health care decision-making and hospital visitation,” was published in the Academy’s journal, Nursing Outlook, and was developed by the Academy’s Expert Panel on LGBTQ Health.
The Academy’s position as stated in the policy brief:
“The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) strongly supports the rights of LGBT individuals who are hospitalized, as well as the rights of their family of choice (or designee) to have access to their hospitalized loved ones, and to make decisions on their behalf. The Academy has a strong record of opposing health inequalities and advancing a culturally competent workforce (AAN, 2012). Support of visitation rights for LGBT individuals will contribute to achieving access to high-quality, comprehensive, culturally sensitive, dignified and respectful health care for all persons.
“The Academy therefore declares its support for the rights of LGBT persons in hospital visitation for their partners and children.”
Click to view the entire policy brief.
About the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing (www.AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,200 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.
Elyse Petroni, Manager of Communications and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, DC (November 17, 2014) — The American Academy of Nursing is pleased to be a founding member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition, a group of national nursing organizations working together to increase nurses’ presence on corporate and non-profit health-related boards of directors throughout the country. “Without a nurse trustee, boards lack an authority on the patient experience, quality and safety, and the largest part of the hospital workforce,” Trustee Magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association, wrote recently.
The coalition will implement a national strategy to bring nurses’ valuable perspective to governing boards, as well as state-level and national commissions, with an interest in health. The goal is to put 10,000 nurses on boards by the year 2020. The effort is a direct response to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011), which recommended nurses play more pivotal roles on boards and commissions in improving the health of all Americans.
“The Academy is pleased to be a part of this important coalition to build the infrastructure for long term work on nurse appointments,” said Academy President Diana J. Mason. “The work aligns with the Academy's strategic goal of positioning nurses as leaders in health and health care. We will continue our focus on policy-related appointments at the national and state levels and support other nursing organizations in their appointment priorities.”
The effort is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP as part of their collaborative effort to implement the recommendations of the IOM report through the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.
Members of the coalition are listed below. Other organizations may choose to be a part of this important and historic coalition going forward.
American Academy of Nursing
American Assembly For Men in Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association
American Nurses Foundation
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association
Association of Public Health Nurses
National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers
Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare
National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc.
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
National Black Nurses Association
National League For Nursing
National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
National Student Nurses Association
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sigma Theta Tau International
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action seeks to promote healthier lives, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health. An initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign works with Action Coalitions in 50 states and the District of Columbia to implement the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing recommendations. Our vision is to ensure that everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health. The Campaign is coordinated by the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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American Academy of Nursing Launches
Jonas Policy Scholars
Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare funds Policy Scholars to work with Academy Expert Panels
WASHINGTON, DC (November 20, 2014) - The American Academy of Nursing (Academy), an organization dedicated to advancing health policy and practice, today announced the Jonas Policy Scholars Program. Funded by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare with a $125,000 grant, this new initiative of the Academy will recruit 12 highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral nursing students for a two-year experience whereby they will be matched with an expert panel to learn from leading nursing experts about major health policy issues.
“The Academy is grateful to the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare for supporting the development of nurses to lead the policy work that is needed to create healthy communities and to transform our health care system,” said Academy President Diana J. Mason.
The Jonas Policy Scholars will create a pipeline of early-career nursing scholars who will contribute to shaping practice, education, and research policy relevant to nursing and the work of the Academy of Nursing; provide a mechanism for Academy expert panel leaders to mentor early-career Jonas Policy Scholars on key issues relevant to the panel’s area of focus and strategies for shaping those policies; and support expert panel chairs in advancing work to inform and shape policy and improve the health of the public.
“U.S. healthcare is in the midst of an immense shift and nurses are among the most qualified professionals able to ensure the highest quality healthcare going forward. Serving on the frontlines of care, nurses give voice to patient issues and their advocacy is needed at the policy table,” says Darlene Curley, MS, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the Jonas Center and former state representative of Maine, where she also served on the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the State’s Long-term Care Oversight Committee. “With the Academy, the Jonas Center is advancing its goal to help prepare nurses to play leadership roles in creating a more effective healthcare system.”
Jonas Policy Scholars are selected based on evidence of scholarship, including publications, presentations, honors and awards; evidence of leadership experience; and match between the applicant’s interest area and at least one healthcare issue addressed through the expert panels.
The first cohort of six Jonas Policy Scholars (2014-2016) and their expert panels are:
- Sunny Hallowell, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, Breastfeeding Expert Panel
- Emerson Ea, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Cultural Competence & Health Equity Expert Panel
- Alicia Rossiter, University of South Florida College of Nursing, Military/Veterans Health Expert Panel
- Laura Brennaman, University of New Mexico College of Nursing, Psychiatric/Mental Health/Substance Abuse Expert Panel
- Kathy Simmonds, University of Rhode Island College of Nursing, Primary Care Expert Panel
- Joan Ching, Seattle University College of Nursing, Quality Health Expert Panel
The expert panels are one of the major forces within the Academy for developing new knowledge, promoting collaboration, and shaping policy. The panels provide a flexible and efficient mechanism by which emerging issues within the nursing profession and concerns for the health of the public are addressed. Each utilizes members’ critical knowledge, analytical skills, and networks to review the current research and issues within the field, to take action as appropriate in addressing key issues, and to make recommendations on projects and/or initiatives the Academy should undertake to transform healthcare policy and practice.
The collaboration builds on the successful Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program,launched in 2008 to address the shortage of nursing faculty and to grow the field of nurse leaders. The Jonas Center currently supports 335 doctoral scholars nationwide; it has nearly 270 Jonas Scholar alumni. Its goal is to support 1,000 scholars by 2016. Jonas Policy Scholars Emerson Ea and Kathy Simmonds are also current Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars (2014-2016); Alicia Rossiter is an alumna of the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program.
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About the American Academy or Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing (www.AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,300 Fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and the promotion of the health of the public through evidence-based health policies.
About the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare
In 2006, Barbara and Donald Jonas established the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (formerly known as the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence), the leading national philanthropic funder dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Its two main programs are the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which aims to address the dire shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role, and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which seeks to improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans’ healthcare. These programs currently support 335 doctoral scholars nationwide and have nearly 270 alumni. The Jonas Center’s goal is to support 1,000 scholars by 2016.
Cheryl G. Sullivan
Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN
Brenda Nevidjon was named the next cheif executive officer at the Oncology Nursing Society, a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care.
Nevidjon is currently a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing and coordinator of the Systems Division, which includes the nursing informatics, nursing education, and nursing and healthcare leadership graduate majors. She will start her new role at ONS on September 1.
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Nevidjon joined the fellowship in 2004.