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ANA President Karen Daley to Speak on
Health Care: April 10 at Boston College

bc alumna is leader of largest nursing organization in u.s.

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (4-5-12) – American Nurses Association President Karen Daley, who oversees the country’s largest nursing organization, will speak at Boston College on April 10 addressing the topic “Leading the Charge: A Nursing Agenda in the Age of Health Care Reform.” The event is part of the Boston College Connell School of Nursing's Pinnacle Lecture Series which brings a widely recognized nursing leader to the University to address issues at the forefront of health care today.

Karen Daley

The Affordable Care Act and the Institute of Medicine’s “The Future of Nursing” threw open doors to nurses interested in assuming leadership positions and contributing more of their knowledge, skills, and abilities to advancing patient care, according to organizers, and Daley will offer an insider’s perspective on the progress and challenges facing nurses as the American health care delivery system is transformed.

Daley is a Boston College Connell School of Nursing alumna and president of the American Nurses Association, which represents the interests of 3.1 million registered nurses. She worked as a staff nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital 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 Oval Office to witness President Bill Clinton sign the "Needlestick Safety Prevention Act" into law in 2000. A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Daley has been honored as a Living Legend by Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare.

Her address will take place at 5:00 p.m. on April 10 in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons.