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President Obama thanks nurses for their commitment

On June 16, President Obama spoke in front of more than 1,000 cheering nurse delegates and RNs at the biennial American Nurses Association (ANA) House of Delegates to thank ANA and nurses for all their hard work and commitment in the journey to passing healthcare reform.

“Nurses are the beating heart of our healthcare system,” said President Obama in a press release from ANA. “Because you know our healthcare system so well, that is why you have become such fierce advocates for reform.”

In addition to praising nurses, Obama also discussed ANA’s commitment to healthcare reform, mentioning Jo Eleanor Elliott of Colorado. Elliott was president of ANA when the association became the first healthcare organization to support the creation of Medicare in the 1960s.

The delegates also learned about the investments in the healthcare workforce that the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced. The $250 million investment will serve to encourage RNs to attend school full-time to become nurse practitioners, and will establish nurse-managed health clinics to increase access to care and additional training for nurse practitioners.

To read the full transcript, click here.

To watch the video, click here.

What kind of benefits do you think will come from the HHS’s investment? What are additional ways that can help the nursing workforce and healthcare?


Sources: Nursingworld.com and Advanceweb.com


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Sarah Kearns About the Author: Sarah is an Editorial Assistant in the patient safety group at HCPro, Inc. She contributes to two monthly newsletters; Briefings on the Joint Commission and Briefings on Patient Safety, and manages four e-zines; Accreditation Connection, AHAP Staff Challenge, Nurse Manager Weekly, and Healthcare Training Weekly. She also helps research new products for the patient safety and nursing market. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 where she earned her bachelor's degree in English.

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