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   ANA MA Political Advocacy Programs

The American Nurses Association Massachusetts Action Champions
invite you to learn more about Political Advocacy. 
There are many legislative issues that affect YOUR nursing practice.  
Come learn about what they are and how YOU can make a difference.
Learn about your professional nursing organization and how it can support you...
provide us with YOUR expertise on important nursing issues…
learn how to effectively lobby your legislators and their staff.


ANA Massachusetts Political Advocacy Program (Central and Western MA)
Thursday, September 17, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Harrington Memorial Hospital
Conference Room 1
94 South Street
Southbridge, Massachusetts

A light supper will be provided

RSVP by September 1st, click here.
Space is limited - first 10 to register will receive a special door prize.

ANA Massachusetts Political Advocacy Program (Cape Cod, MA)
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
220 Sandwich Road
Bourne, MA
A light supper will be provided.
RSVP by October 9th, click here

ANA will be sponsoring four webinars that will focus on the latest revisions to The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near The End of Life during the month of September. ANA Massachusetts member and Conference Planning Committee Chair, Cynthia LaSala, will be co-presenting for the webinar on advance care planning and communication on September 10th.  To Register, click here.

    September 3 Ethical Decisions for Life-sustaining Treatment and End-of-life Care
Guest Speaker, Jill Winward Brown | 1:00 P.M. EDT | 1 contact hour

  September 10 Advance Care Planning: What You Need to Know
Guest Speakers, Vicki Lachman, PhD, APRN, FAAN; Cynthia LaSala, MS, RN | 1:00 P.M. EDT | 1 contact hour
September 17 Ethics in the Medical Care of Children
Guest Speaker, Mimi Mahon, PhD, RN, FAAN | 1:00 P.M. EDT | 1 contact hour

  September 24 Organizational Ethics for Palliative Care
Guest Speaker, Donna Casey, MA, BSN, RN | 1:00 P.M. EDT | 1 contact hour 


ANA Massachusetts President testifies on behalf of our bill to add a nurse seat on the Health Policy Commission along with our nurse colleagues.  
Click here to view the ANA Mass testimony.






Voices of Safe Staffing - Nurses Know What Patients Need!


While a new law that mandates acuity-based staffing levels in the ICU is implemented by the Department of Public Health, the subject of safe staffing continues to be a hot topic for nurses across the Commonwealth.  Nurses across the state are sharing their experiences and demanding staffing that ensures the safety of patients and nurses.
As the professional organization that represents nurses across the Commonwealth, independent of role, education, or union affiliation, we want you to know that we are advocating on behalf of you!  The following resources are designed to provide you with more information about the issue of safe staffing and the implementation of the new law:


  • Please click here to read the final Health Policy Commission Safe Staffing Regulation. 

  • Please click here. to read the testimony that our organization provided on this subject to the state’s Health Policy Commission.

  • Please click here to view video excerpts of ANA Massachusetts leaders and members speaking about the topic of safe staffing

  • Please click here to go to the ANA Safe Staffing Saves Lives website for additional information.


As the state affiliate of the American Nurses Association, the oldest professional nursing organization, ANA MA ensures that the voice of nurses is heard across the Commonwealth and across the nation.
ANA Massachusetts strives to help registered nurses across the Commonwealth stay up to date on the major issues that affect their practice.  We are here to serve you.  aRe you iN?
Please share with us your thoughts on this important topic at
More safe staffing information, click here.

Safe Patient Handling: 

We encourage ANA Massachusetts members to educate themselves about the risks associated with lifting and moving patients, to share information on ways to prevent injuries on the job; and to advocate for a safe workplace for all nurses and health care workers.  Please click here for resources on safe patient handling.


Public Ranks Nurses as Most Honest, Ethical Profession for 13th Straight Year
High Ranking in Gallup Poll Coincides with ANA’s Year of Ethics

As the American Nurses Association (ANA) embarks on a yearlong campaign to highlight the importance of nursing ethics and their impact on patients and health care quality, the annual Gallup survey on trust in professions shows the public continues to rate nursing as the most honest and ethical. (Press Release Here)


Nursing News:


Representatives of ANA Massachusetts lobbied congress and attended the ANA Membership Assembly on behalf of nurses in the commonwealth.  
2015 ANA Membership Assembly Video

ANA Responds to President’s 2016 Budget Proposal
(click here)


American Nurses Foundation Launches E-tools, Interactive Website to Aid Nurses in Providing PTSD Care

In conjunction with President Obama’s address to the American Legion’s 96th convention, the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), on Aug. 26 announced the launch of an interactive, web-based post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) toolkit to help civilian registered nurses (RNs) better assess and treat PTSD in the nation’s veterans and military service members
More information, click here.


Revisions to 244 CMR 4.00 effective 8/1/14
Information Regarding New APRN Category of Clinical Nurse Specialist

Important Information: New Regulations Implemented Governing APRN Practice

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Thursday, September 17, 2015
Political Advocacy Program (Central and Western MA)
Harrington Memorial Hospital  Southbridge, MA

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Political Advocacy Program (Cape Cod MA)
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Bourne, MA 

Friday, November 6, 2015
Accredited Approver Unit Provider Symposium Western Workshop
Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA

Saturday, January 23, 2016|
Winter Program
Keynote: Susan Krupnick, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, ANP-BC, C-PREP

Sheraton Framingham Hotel • Framingham, MA

February 23, 2016
Health Policy Legislative Forum
Massachusetts State House • Boston, MA

April 8-9, 2016
ANA Massachusetts Spring Convention

Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Annual Spring Conference
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA


May 2016
Celebrate National Nurses Day at Fenway Park

Check out for up to date event information!

President's Corner
ANA MA President
Myra Cacace
April Message
August Message

ANA MA Approver Unit was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program, through 2019.

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