Nurses are powerful.
They invent better ways to help patients, they advocate for patients’ needs, and they transform patients’ living and dying experiences. With nursing identified as “the most trusted profession,” nursing’s power is rich in interpretation and defined through the experiences of nurses and their patients.
Nurses’ influence is at the core of the American Nurses Foundation’s (Foundation) work and mission —transforming the health of the nation through the power of nursing. In this year’s annual report, we describe how individual nurses are changing the way nursing care is delivered and how many nurses are joining together to implement needed changes in health care policy. We describe the Foundation’s new programs to increase nurses’ influence in the corporate sector and provide more opportunities for nurses to develop their leadership skills.
The Foundation’s diverse and passionate board of trustees, in partnership with the leadership of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has focused the Foundation on building important, specific programs that draw upon the ability and effectiveness of nurses. We are doing so within the context of our new strategic plan concentrating on five key areas: improving health, fostering philanthropy, elevating the image of nurses, building leadership, and creating new knowledge and policy. Each area is an essential component of the Foundation’s efforts to enhance nurses’ power to make a better future for all of us.
|Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
Chair, Board of Trustees