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Boston College Alumna Karen Daley Named President of American Nurses Association

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (6-22-2010) – Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing alumna Karen Daley has been elected president of the American Nurses Association, the nation's leading professional nursing organization representing 3.1 million registered nurses.

"Dr. Karen Daley epitomizes BC’s commitment of service to others and I am very gratified to know that the next ANA president will be someone whose intelligence, perseverance, and commitment to health for the nation’s people are so outstanding. This is truly a proud day for BC," said Susan Gennaro, dean of the Connell School of Nursing.

ANA president and BC alumna Karen Daley

Daley received her doctoral degree from the Connell School last month. She also was the recipient of the William F. Connell Award, the highest award the nursing school bestows at Commencement, which honors a graduating student whom the faculty determines best demonstrates the attributes of leadership, loyalty, service, achievement, humility and goodwill. Daley also earned a master’s degree from the Connell School in 2004.

Daley started her nursing career at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she worked for more than 20 years until a needlestick injury forced her to give up clinical nursing practice. She became an advocate for needlestick injury prevention and was among those invited to the White House when President Bill Clinton signed the "Needlestick Safety Prevention Act" into law on Nov. 6, 2000.

She is a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN) and of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was honored as a Living Legend by MARN.

About the ANA
The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent member nurses associations, its organizational affiliates, and its workforce advocacy affiliate, the Center for American Nurses. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

--Kathleen Sullivan, Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs,