Rebecca "Becky" Patton, a Case Western Reserve University nursing school alumna, recently gave her first address as the newly elected president of the American Nursing Association (ANA).
Patton, who earned her master's degree in nursing from Case's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1998, was elected by hundreds of delegates during the ANA's House of Delegates meeting in Washington, D.C. During the conference, which wrapped up on June 25, she called for nurses to share her vision of unity, partnership and balance.
"I ask you to join me and unite. Let's continue to elevate our association to one of prominence, importance and relevancy," Patton said to the audience.
More than 600 delegates from around the country elected Patton, who is part of the Ohio Nurses Association and is director of patient services for the University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland.
Also during the conference, the delegates filled other key posts, and again took action on vital nursing and health care issues. They approved a resolution calling on ANA to continue to affirm the authority of all RNs and advanced practice nurses to practice fully, and to continue the opposition of physician groups' ongoing attempt to exert control over nursing practices. In addition, they approved motions for the ANA to reaffirm the right of nurses to be represented for collective bargaining, and to work toward eliminating violent messages in commercials.
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