Galen Alumni and Online RN to BSN Student Serves on the Front Lines of New York City’s Coronavirus Care
We all know nursing is a calling. But for Galen Alumni Morgan Glynn, it also came to mean calling… and calling, and calling…45 minutes’ worth of redialing the Krucial Staffing Health hotline to sign up for deployment as an ICU nurse in New York City at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Morgan – who has an ICU background and was working with Coronavirus patients at Baptist Health marveled a little when she remembered the Krucial signup process, and was amazed at the number of nurses who wanted to sign up.
But get through, and get signed up, Morgan did. Two days later, she found herself at the Louisville airport with bags, ticket, and laptop (so she could continue her Online RN to BSN coursework), saying goodbye to her family.
“Once I got through, they basically told me I had 48 hours to deploy to New York. From there, she had just a few details, including the name of a hotel in New York City. “I was definitely nervous. I didn’t know what to think; I didn’t know what to do; how it was going to go, or anything!”
Morgan comes from a nursing family. Born in Louisville and raised in Southern Indiana, she watched her mother, Sherri Wilson, work in healthcare since she was a small girl. Sherri also graduated from Galen, as did Morgan’s sister-in-law, Karen Buckley.
Karen was also on the New York assignment, but was staying in a different hotel and deployed at a different hospital. In fact, so many nurses came into town that nurses from Krucial Staffing alone filled as many as six hotels. A friend of Morgan’s was there, too, but again, at a different hotel and a different hospital. “So basically, I didn’t know a single person there,” she said.
After an orientation and a three-day on-call period, Morgan received her assignment: the night shift at a hospital in Brooklyn. “April 11th, that was my first day. From there, we did 21 days, with two days off in those 21 days.”
We asked Morgan to describe her first day. “It was hectic. The staffing company staffed an entire unit of ICU Coronavirus. So it was…it was different. Okay, actually, it was chaos!” she laughs. “We were all with the same recruiting company, but we didn’t know each other. We were from all over the country. We got onto a bus, went to the hospital, got off the bus, and met our unit leader.”
“They had transformed a recovery unit into a makeshift ICU. I think there were five of us there. They gave us our PPE … gowns, N95 masks, shoe covers, hair covers, gloves, face shields, everything. We put it on … at first it took us like, 20 to 25 minutes to get it all on in the right order so we wouldn’t contaminate it taking it off, but as the days went on we got quicker.”
“So we get our PPE on, and we go into the unit, and there’s not one floor nurse to be found. It was kind of scary. There was a charge nurse, and some doctors, but the day shift had already left to catch their bus.”
“We lined up, we got our patients–we each had as many as four patients, which is on the high side for an ICU,–and at that point it was ‘Fend for yourself!’
“It was a big ‘seek and find,’ that’s all I can describe it as. If you needed some tape, you had to look for it in every single drawer. If you just needed a bag of saline to hang, you just had to go around the whole unit and look for it. Nobody knew. So you know, things took a lot longer to do.”
“But, I think as time went on we were a great unit. We all meshed pretty well, teamwork-wise. We made sure the patients were safe– that was our first priority. And then just teamwork really helped us get through our shifts.”
“Even though it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before–they haven’t made a clinical for that yet!–overall, it was a good experience.”
Work nights, school days
You’d think that nights on a Coronavirus ICU ward would be enough for anyone. But not for Morgan. When she wasn’t working or sleeping, she was doing her Online RN to BSN coursework.
“The first couple of weeks I’d do as much as I could. I preplanned my papers, I’d write out my discussions for that week and the next week. I wanted to do just as much as I could early, in case I got tired in the end. That way, I’d almost have things ready.”
“I’d get home at 10, go to bed around 11. Then I’d wake up at 3:30, do homework until 5:30, and catch the bus at 6:45. I did a little every day; the sleeping was very light. But the coursework helped keep the boredom away.”
This schedule didn’t leave much time for anything else, though she did go over to the Brooklyn Bridge on a break. She also walked around Times Square on “food runs.”
Morgan says those little trips really made an impact. “Our hotel was on Times Square, so I saw it every day. It was really, really eerie when I first got there. I would go outside to grab food or whatever, and I would literally be the only person out there–he one, single person. It was weird, because I’d been to New York before, and there were people shoulder-to-shoulder. But not this time…not one person outside, except myself. “
Morgan came home in early June, just in time for graduation. Now she’s settling back into her life with her husband and two dogs, and is looking forward to traveling as soon as she can. Among other things, she’ll be planning a trip with her “new best friend,” another nurse she met during her time in New York.
And would she do it again?
“Yes. I basically made up my mind when I left.. I wanted to stay longer. If worse comes to worst, like they need us back, or need our help again, I’ll go back in a heartbeat.”
Congratulations to you, Morgan. On your commitment and great work providing care to those who need it most, your safe return, and for continuing your nursing education through it all. We, your colleagues at Galen couldn’t be more proud.. With nurses like you on the front lines, things can only get better.
Alumni Spotlight: Thurman Eversole, Galen Hazard campus
“I never thought I’d be able to become a nurse. And now I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life but nursing.”
Thurman Eversole never saw himself becoming a nurse. After dropping out of high school and obtaining his GED, he was working a seemingly endless series of minimum-wage jobs, because he honestly believed he wasn’t smart enough to do anything else.
Today, Thurman’s career with Appalachian Regional Healthcare proves otherwise, in a big way. He is a highly respected registered staff nurse in the Intensive Care unit at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center, earning certifications in advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) and the trauma-nursing core course (TNCC). He also affects the lives of future nurses, sharing his skills and positive attitude in his role as teacher and mentor to Galen students who gain clinical experience on his unit.
Born and raised in Hazard, Kentucky, Thurman first began working in Security at Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH). That’s where Thurman first felt the spark that became a life-changing flame.
Thurman says, “It was through my interactions with the nurses and witnessing their care and compassion for others that encouraged me. I worked my way up through the company until I found the courage in myself to pursue nursing. It was through the encouragement of others that I was able to believe in myself.”
Thurman enrolled at Galen’s Hazard campus, and graduated with his ADN in July of 2019. At graduation, his fellow students selected him as the recipient of the Marjorie Perrin “Essence of Nursing/Human Touch” award. He has been working at Hazard ARH Regional ever since.
This fall, Thurman will return to Galen to pursue his BSN, and expects to complete it in Fall 2021. Eventually, he aims to continue his critical-care nursing career in a metropolitan trauma-certified hospital.
Thurman says, “Galen has been essential in my journey to becoming a nurse. If it were not for the support of the instructors and staff throughout the program, I would not be where I’m at today. Not only did I gain the knowledge to pass my boards, but I also learned how to confidently care for my patients and their families, no matter where my journey takes me. I like to think that I planted a seed when I started at Galen a seed of compassion and the drive to become a nurse. That seed was well-grounded in Galen, as they have successfully graduated over 20,000 students. With their continued cultivation of my education throughout the program, I grew into a tree of knowledge. They not only gave me the tools to survive the storms of life, they instilled the mindset to thrive. Now, I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else with my life but nursing.”
Congratulations to you, Thurman, and thank you for your dedication. More important, thank you for deciding to believe in yourself. We at Galen, and the students you mentor, and most important of all, your patients – will be forever grateful.
Dr. Tracy Ortelli Announced as the Newly Elected President of The New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN)
Executive Vice President Tracy Ortelli, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF to Lead New Jersey League of Nursing as New President
June 18, 2020 – Louisville, KY – The New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN), an affiliate of the National League for Nursing proudly announced their newly elected President, Tracy Ortelli, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF. Dr. Ortelli, Executive Vice President Postlicensure Nursing Education at Galen College of Nursing, will serve a two-year term through spring of 2022.
“As a college dedicated to expanding access to quality nursing education, we are proud and honored that Dr. Ortelli extends her commitment to nursing education beyond our walls to support the nursing profession and quality care in our country,” said Mark Vogt, CEO Galen College of Nursing. “Dr. Ortelli brings not only professional excellence, but passion for nursing and nursing education to all she does. She will serve the NLJN with the same dedication and remarkable leadership.”
The New Jersey League of Nursing is a state constituent league of the National League of Nursing, with membership open to and representing all levels of nursing from practicing nurses, students, and retirees, as well those who provide health care services, schools and consumers. The NJLN is responsible for shaping nursing education and providing resources and scholarships for the Nurses of New Jersey.
Dr. Ortelli served as a board member, Treasurer, then President-Elect prior to her new role. “I am honored to move in to my role as President with the New Jersey League of Nursing as we celebrate 105 years of support and dedication to the nursing profession,” said Ortelli. “As an organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of nursing education, we look forward to continuing to build a community of support for nurses at all levels and to recognize those who have made a difference. Now more than ever, it is imperative to build relationships in the healthcare community, and to expand our reach to strengthen our ability to impact the lives of those who dedicate themselves to nursing and healthcare in our country.”
The New Jersey League for Nursing supports and implements the mission of the National League for Nursing to promote excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation’s health at the constituent level. The NJLN is a premier nursing Organization in the State, with more than 105 Years of promoting the positive image of nursing. The New Jersey League for Nursing believes in the professional advancement of nursing education and practice through programs, scholarships, and opportunities that address the needs of diverse students, faculty and practicing nurses in a rapidly changing healthcare environment while promoting collaboration and forming partnerships. For further information on the NJLN, or to become a member, please visit www.njln.org.
About Galen College of Nursing
Founded 30 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education and a mission to expand access to nursing education, the College offers master’s, baccalaureate and associate degree education and practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN) programs to over 6,000 students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., Hazard, Ky., San Antonio, Tx., Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Oh., and Online. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu.
The events of the past week have been painful to watch as we see suffering and civil unrest in our communities across the country. We see the struggle and pain of racism and racial divide that continues to plague our nation and the immense grief caused by senseless death and violence, giving rise to voices louder than ever, saying, “Enough!”
The core values of Galen College of Nursing embrace respect and inclusivity. Indeed, the acceptance and fair treatment of every human being is at the heart of these values, and the nursing profession. We educate students to enter nursing to care for humanity without bias. We have a responsibility to nurture this culture, not only within our walls, but in our lives.
Respect, compassion and accountability have always been fundamental in our values at Galen College of Nursing and we join voices with those seeking change and peace. As we see events unfold contrary to our core values, we know that many are hurting, anxious and concerned for each other, our friends, families, and our country. We share this pain.
We are passionate about our commitment to sustain a community of educators and students built on inclusivity and respect. We continue to nurture acceptance and empathy, and the responsibility for all to do the same, understanding our part in fostering a more just society for all.
Mark Vogt, CEO, Galen College of Nursing
Much has been written this past week about the legacy David Jones Sr. has left to our community and to health care in general. However, there is another that will affect thousands of people, both regionally and nationally. Thirty years ago, David Jones Sr. initiated a strategy to provide nurses with consistent skills to deliver quality, compassionate care to patients in Humana hospitals. Humana Health Institutes opened its doors in 1989, in Louisville, San Antonio, and Tampa Bay.
Today, those schools are known as Galen College of Nursing, the largest educator of nurses in Kentucky and the largest nursing educator in the South. The College continues a dedication to the initial commitments since its founding–expanding access to nursing education and a culture of care and continuous improvement. The College also continues to be dedicated solely to nursing education.
Today, the once small school on Fourth and Chestnut Streets in Louisville, and its sister locations, is proud of almost 20,000 graduates, began its first Master’s degree program this month, and offers nursing education to students all over the country.
David Jones Sr. and Wendell Cherry were early to recognize the critical nature of nursing to achieve better outcomes for Humana hospital patients. David’s vision to create a program of nursing education has impacted thousands of lives and influenced thousands of nurses, as well as the people for whom they care. This contribution should be recognized as an important part of his legacy that will continue to change lives and shape the future of nursing.
Kathryn M. Mershon, MSN, RN, FAAN
Board of Directors Chair
Galen College of Nursing
Photo courtesy of the Courier-Journal
LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 27, 2019 – Galen College of Nursing is pleased to announce John Lundeen, EdD, RN, CNE, as the Program Director for the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). In his new role, Lundeen will initially provide engaged leadership in the development and implementation of the MSN Nurse Educator track, drawing from his extensive experience in nursing education. Dr. Lundeen will ensure the curriculum prepares graduates to teach in academic settings through scholarly inquiry and leadership, and help transform nursing education and development in clinical settings, as well as support and direct faculty development.
“John’s dedication will support our mission to prepare nurses to teach in academia and lead in clinical education,” said Academic President Joan Frey. “His drive and proven experience align with Galen’s commitment to quality nursing education and he will be instrumental to our students’ success.”
Prior to his appointment at Galen, Dr. Lundeen was an associate professor and nurse anesthesia simulation coordinator in the Ida Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was on faculty for 11 years. At Samford, Dr. Lundeen had the opportunity to teach in the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs. Most recently, Dr. Lundeen taught in the DNP program and served as chair of the school’s Faculty Development Committee and co-chair of the university’s ad hoc Committee on Faculty Assessment.
In addition to his faculty role, Dr. Lundeen has served at the national level as a Governor-at-Large on the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Board of Governors since 2014. Previously, he served as a member of the CNE Certification Commission and as chair of the CNE Test Development Committee. As a scholar, he has published articles on evaluation and certification. Most recently, Dr. Lundeen contributed a chapter to the NLN’s Clinical Nurse Educator Competencies: Creating an Evidence-Based Practice for Academic Clinical Nurse Educators.
“Having worked with John on NLN’s Board of Governors, I have seen his longstanding commitment to the continuous growth and professional development of nursing firsthand,” Galen’s CEO Mark Vogt said. “He is a tremendous asset, and I look forward to the energy and expertise he will bring to Galen.”
Dr. Lundeen’s educational background includes an ASN degree from the University of West Alabama, an MSN degree in Nursing Education from Samford University, and an EdD degree in Instructional Leadership in Nursing Education from The University of Alabama. He is also credentialed as a Certified Online Instructor (COI) and a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).
“We are excited to have John as part of our MSN team. He is highly regarded within the nursing profession,” said Tracy Ortelli, Galen’s Executive Vice President, Post-Licensure Nursing. “I look forward to John’s leadership as we continue to develop our graduate nursing programs. John’s experience and shared commitment to excellence will help position Galen as a leader in the preparation of nurses who seek advanced roles in areas such as academe and healthcare.”
Founded 30 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN), associate, baccalaureate and master degree nursing programs to over 6,000 students on its campuses in Louisville and Hazard, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu.
Galen College of Nursing will hold a Spring Career Fair from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20 in the Student Resource Center, 8th floor, 7411 John Smith Drive.
Current students and alumni are encouraged to network and interview with the medical providers and vendors in the San Antonio area.
For more information, contact Student Resource Center Coordinator Ana Ibarra, 210-485-2240 or email@example.com
October 12, 2018 – Hazard, KY – Galen College of Nursing’s mission is to expand access to nursing education. The Hazard campus, a partnership between Galen and Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) in Hazard, Kentucky, embodies this mission.
In February 2017, Galen announced plans to open an associate degree program at a new location based in the ARH System Center building in Hazard. Galen and ARH joined together to offer additional nursing education opportunities in response to the continued and growing nursing shortage in the region. The program supports the development of the local nursing workforce and addresses the need throughout Eastern Kentucky.
Galen offers two programs at the campus: a 2-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), and a 15-18 month Bridge program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to continue their education in pursuit of their associate degree and subsequently their RN. The inaugural class started March 30, 2017.
“It is with great pride that Galen celebrates the first graduates from the Hazard campus, and we’re honored to share this auspicious occasion with ARH and leadership from the region,” said Mark A. Vogt, CEO of Galen College. “We look to our Hazard campus for inspiration for future partnerships to increase high-quality nursing education opportunities.”
The first three graduates of the Hazard program are Courtney Banks, Eric Seth Jones, and Allyson Tufts, all of whom are graduating with their ADN through Galen’s LPN to ADN Bridge program.
Allyson and Courtney went to school together to earn their Licensed Practical Nursing diploma and decided to enroll at Galen to pursue their RN. According to Allyson, who is from Melvin, Kentucky, her Galen experience offered “a really great education.” Because her class is small, “it felt like a family – everybody was super nice.” It was Allyson’s mother who originally convinced her to try nursing, and now with Allyson’s graduation, her mother is “a proud mom. She talks about it all the time.”
Galen is already looking forward to the next graduating classes, as students from the 2-year ADN program begin to complete their program.
The first graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hal Rogers Center, and will feature speakers Chris Fugate, Kentucky State Representative; Sandy Dunahoo, Commissioner for Local Government; and Scott Alexander, Perry County Judge Executive.
The ceremony includes the Nursing Pledge, recited during the Ceremony of Lights, as one flame is passed to another to signify the passing of knowledge, the acceptance of responsibilities, and the rights and the obligations of the nursing profession. Graduates also will receive the nursing pin, a 1,000-year old symbol of service to others.
“Nursing is a profession that is steeped in honor and tradition,” said Dr. Connie Cooper, Dean of Galen’s Hazard campus. “And while graduation from our nursing programs is a momentous occasion, and a chance for all of us in nursing to reflect on our commitment to the profession, we also expect to have a lot of fun and a joyful celebration.”
About Galen College of Nursing
Founded over 25 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers a practical/vocational nursing diploma, and associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs to over 5,000 students on its campuses in Louisville and Hazard, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu.
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Galen College of Nursing recently hosted a Grand Opening to officially welcome community leaders, students and alumni to the new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.
As a symbol of our ongoing commitment to the region and our students, the new campus is one of the largest campuses in Southwest Florida dedicated solely to nursing education. Faculty and staff were on hand to usher in special guests and provide tours of the new state-of-the-art facility, which encompasses nearly 70,000 square feet.
Visitors to the new campus are first greeted by an impressive 3-story atrium with large windows overlooking the front plaza. The open area and lots of natural light make the building entrance immediately inviting. Another bright focal point of the new campus is the “Why Wall” on the second floor, where students are encouraged to write on a glass wall about their inspiration for becoming a nurse.
The classrooms are well-equipped with advanced educational technology and there are lots of colorful and comfortable student areas for studying and collaborating. The new campus also includes the Ruth Corcoran Simulation Hospital, which offers an ER, ICI, Pediatric and OB Units, as well as a studio apartment setting for students to practice transition and home care techniques. In addition, there are several clinical learning labs that each feature 6 – 8 beds and mannequins for the teaching of essential skills.
Early feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. One student exclaimed, “Look, I have actual goosebumps” while another student declared she was “Speechless – it’s breathtaking!” Faculty is equally impressed. Interim Dean Audria Denker said, “Now our students have all the resources they need in one place so that they can focus on what’s really important: learning to be a great nurse.”
As part of the Grand Opening festivities, we were also pleased to dedicate the Sharon A. Roberts Library in honor of the 40-year career and legacy of Tampa Bay’s first and founding Dean. Ms. Roberts served as Dean from Tampa Bay’s beginning in 1989 through her retirement in 2013. CEO Mark A. Vogt and Kathryn M. Mershon, Chair of Galen’s Board of Directors, provided warm remarks about Ms. Roberts before unveiling a beautiful commemorative plaque.
The September 25th Grand Opening was an exciting and emotional event, as staff from Galen’s other campuses around the country came to wish their Tampa Bay colleagues well. The atmosphere for the whole evening was spirited and supportive.
“We’re humbled by the reception we’ve received from the community and honored that our students trust their future to us,” said Vogt. “Their dedication to nursing, and Tampa Bay’s dedication to higher education, have allowed us to grow into the college we are today.”
Galen College of Nursing Joins with American Nurses Association to Offer Human Trafficking Intervention Course for Nurses
Galen College of Nursing has joined with the American Nurses Association (ANA) to offer a new continuing nursing education (CNE) course on “Human Trafficking: Recognition & Intervention.”
Designed to help nurses in the important role they play in recognizing and responding to this growing humanitarian issue, the course will provide an introduction to the emergent nursing care of victims of human trafficking. Included is an overview about types of human trafficking, methods of coercion, and recognition of human trafficking victims. Nurses will explore screening tools, available resources, and nursing interventions that facilitate interdisciplinary, victim-centered care.
Nurses are ethically required to report suspected human trafficking. The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements states that the nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person. The course is offered as part of a new collaboration between Galen College and ANA.
ANA has teamed up with colleges and universities to offer an innovative solution to nurses who are considering advancing their professional education and wish to explore quality nursing programs. By collaborating with higher education organizations such as Galen College of Nursing, ANA is creating additional channels for nurses to advance their education.
“We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Galen College to bring this course to nurses across the country, so that they are better prepared to recognize and provide care to victims of human trafficking,” said ANA Enterprise Chief Nursing Officer Debbie Hatmaker, RN, PhD, FAAN.
Created by Dr. Kathy Burlingame, Dean of Galen College’s Online RN to BSN program, and Galen’s Online Technology and Instructional Design team, the course will help nurses recognize victims of human trafficking in diverse healthcare settings.
“Human trafficking is a complex, national, and global healthcare problem,” said Burlingame. “Research has shown that up to 87.8% of sex trafficked survivors had at least one interaction with a healthcare provider while being trafficked. Because victims are unlikely to ask directly for help, nurses need to be able to recognize the signs of human trafficking and implement a victim-centered, multidisciplinary approach.”
The online continuing nursing education course is available to all nurses with a discount offered to ANA members. Nurses who complete the course are eligible for a $500 tuition discount at Galen’s CCNE accredited Online RN to BSN program.
Galen College of Nursing is a single-purpose nursing college with 5 campuses in 4 states and online. With a mission to expand access to quality nursing education, Galen emphasizes continuing education for all levels of practice and a dedication to lifelong learning. Galen specializes in online course development with an in-house team of advanced multi-media specialists and subject matter experts who create all of Galen’s online course material for over 5,000 nursing students. All courses within Galen’s Online RN to BSN are Quality Matters™ certified.
For more information about the course, visit https://www.nursingworld.org/continuing-education/online-courses/human-trafficking.
For information about Galen College’s Online RN to BSN, go to https://galencollege.edu/american-nurses-association.
About Galen College of Nursing
Founded over 25 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nursing, associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs to over 5,000 students on its campuses in Louisville and Hazard, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu
About ANA and the ANA Enterprise
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all. The ANA Enterprise is the organizing platform of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation. The ANA Enterprise leverages the combined strength of each to drive excellence in practice and ensure nurses’ voice and vision are recognized by policy leaders, industry influencers and employers. From professional development and advocacy, credentialing and grants, and products and services, the ANA Enterprise is the leading resource for nurses to arm themselves with the tools, information, and network they need to excel in their individual practices. In helping individual nurses succeed—across all practices and specialties, and at each stage of their careers—the ANA Enterprise is lighting the way for the entire profession to succeed. For more information, visit www.nursingworld.org.