ANA supports efforts to empower Americans to get better health care.
Subject: Medical societies (Political activity)
Medical societies (Beliefs, opinions and attitudes)
Medical care (Quality management)
Medical care (Management)
Pub Date: 03/22/2012
Publication: Name: Tennessee Nurse Publisher: Tennessee Nurses Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Tennessee Nurses Association ISSN: 1055-3134
Issue: Date: Spring, 2012 Source Volume: 75 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs; 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Organization: Organization: American Nurses Association; American Nurses Association
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 283984752
Full Text: SILVER SPRING, MD-The American Nurses Association (ANA) has signed on as a partner with the "Care About Your Care" campaign, a national initiative to increase awareness about how critically important it is that Americans take an active role in managing their health and making informed health care decisions.

Convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the campaign is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. A key element of the effort is a new website, www.CareAboutYourCare.org, which includes extensive resources to help Americans understand, identify and receive high-quality health care.

"For more than 100 years, the American Nurses Association has been committed to improving the quality of health care and ensuring patient safety," said ANA President Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN. "ANA is pleased to support the Care About Your Care campaign to help empower consumers to be active participants in their health care and to make informed choices."

Nurses play a key role in the delivery of quality health care and successful patient outcomes.

An example is the Magnet Recognition Program [R]. Managed by ANA's subsidiary, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence. By choosing a hospital with Magnet status, patients can have confidence in the overall quality of a hospital and know they are going to receive excellent nursing care.

There are more than 389 health care facilities across the U.S. that have earned Magnet status. Research shows that Magnet hospitals:

* Consistently deliver better patient outcomes

* Have shorter lengths of patients stays, lower death rates

* Improve patient safety and satisfaction

For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and to locate a facility in your area, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/Magnet.aspx.

Association Joins National "Care About Your Care" Campaign
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