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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.

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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


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

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