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President's Message October 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I truly hope you are well, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Despite the ongoing challenges, I hope your summer months were enjoyable and you took some time to relax and recharge. The fall is upon us and although there are still many uncertainties, our nurses and healthcare system remains strong and resilient. I would like to give our members an update on what ANA Massachusetts has been working on.

On September 2nd, I, along with three ANAMASS members, held the first in a new webinar series “Commonwealth Conversations” with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Governor Baker answered questions submitted by ANAMASS members related to procuring and distributing PPE, expanded scope of practice for APRN’s, concerns and funding for long term care facilities, systemic racism and health equity issues, and plans for a fall surge of COVID-19. Governor Baker was heartfelt in his acknowledgement of the incredible work of nurses in the Commonwealth and shared his deepest appreciation for all of our heroic efforts.

The recorded version of the Zoom is available for viewing click here for the recording.

I am beyond proud to announce that the Foundation for Nursing Advancement in Massachusetts, Inc. (FNAMA), a 501c3 charitable organization is operational. Our mission is to advance the nursing profession through philanthropic activities that promote scholarship, nursing research and innovation. Our vision is a healthy Commonwealth through the power of nursing. We are incredibly grateful to founding Board members and Past Presidents, Gino Chisari, Tara Tehan, Barbara Blakeney and Donna Glynn to their commitment over the last year to seeing this goal of ANAMASS become a reality.

Donate here or feel free to reach out at any time to discuss potential donation opportunities. Also visit our website at www.fnama.org 

We are also thrilled to offer Addressing Racism in the Nursing Profession: Be the Change November 9th at 2pm, which will be jointly provided with the New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA). ANA President Dr. Ernest Grant will be providing opening remarks. Our panel of speakers will include Dr. Gaurdia Banister, Director for the Institute for Patient Care at MGH, Jennifer Gil, ANA Board Member and Board Member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and Sasha Dubois, Board Member for National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and President for NERBNA. Register today!

I want to offer my sincerest wish to you all for a healthy and happy few remaining months of 2020. Our hope is to hold our 20th Annual Awards Gala on April 9th at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. We will certainly see how the upcoming fall and winter months unfold. I thank you all for your commitment to ANAMASS and to the nursing profession.   

Warmly,
Julie
Julie Cronin, DNP, RN, OCN
President, ANA Massachusetts
President, FNAMA, Inc
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