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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 testimony that our organization recently 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.


Public Ranks Nurses as Most Honest, Ethical Profession for 13th Straight Year
High Ranking in Gallup Poll Coincides with ANA’s Year of Ethics
SILVER SPRING, MD — 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.
For the past 13 years, the public has voted nurses as the most honest and ethical profession in America in the Gallup poll. This year, 80 percent of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high,” 15 percentage points above any other profession.
            “All nurses share the critical responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards in their practice to ensure they provide superior health care to patients and society,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “ANA is calling 2015 the Year of Ethics to highlight ethics as an essential component of everyday nursing practice and reinforce the trust patients have that nurses will protect their health and safety, and advocate on their behalf.”
            As more Americans gain access to health care under the Affordable Care Act, consumers increasingly are finding that they can rely upon nurses to provide their preventive, wellness and primary care services.
            Additionally, ANA has completed a revision of its Code of Ethics for Nurses, a cornerstone document of the nursing profession that upholds the best interests of patients, families and communities. The new Code reflects many changes and evolutions in health care and considers the most current ethical challenges nurses face in practice.
The new Code will be released early in 2015. The revision involved a four-year process in which a committee received and evaluated comments on ethics issues from thousands of nurses.
The Year of Ethics will include educational activities supporting the Code and a three-day experts’ symposium.


Save the Dates:

  Massachusetts Student Nurses Association 2015 Career Forum
  Sunday, March 22, 2015
  Forum Flyer, click here.

  ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
  Tuesday, March 24, 2014 
   Massachusetts State House

  ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference
  Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet, 
Friday, April 10, 2015 

  Annual Business Meeting, Friday, April 10, 2015 
Annual Spring Conference Theme:  The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease

Saturday, April 11, 2015 
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA 

 Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
  Wednesday, May 6, 2015
  Pregame Networking Event at the Champion Club @ Fenway Park
                         Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay 

Ebola News Updates:
CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory:
Enhanced Airport Entry Screening and Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for
People Traveling to the United States from Mali

Huffington Post blog post from President Cipriano 
ANA Supports CDC Guidance, Not Mandatory Quarantine, click here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Updated Guidance:  Monitoring Symptoms and Controlling Movement to Stop Spread of Ebola.
Joint statement from MHA, MMS, ONL, ANA MA and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers on Ebola Preparedness, click here. 
UPDATED CDC Revised PPE Guidelines, click here.
ANA Reacts to New Guidance from the CDC to Ensure Patient, Health Care Professional Safety, click here. 
ANA President, Pam Cipriano on PBS Newshour, click here.

Joint Statement from the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association, click here.

MA Dept of Public Health Ebola information page, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Ebola Update Page, click here.
ANA Ebola Update Page, click here.


If your friends, family, or anyone else you know needs health coverage, they only have until today to sign up for a plan that kicks in on January 1 -- and we need your help to make sure they know that. #getcoveredtoday


News and Updates                                                                                                  

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

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.


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Save the Dates​

Health Policy Legislative Forum
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House

Spring Conference
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015

Annual Spring Conference

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA

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Health Policy Committee Meeting

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