ANNA Announces Election Results, U.S. Virgin Islands to Enact Nurse Licensure Compact, and More Nursing News

ANNA announces national election results

Officials with the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) have announced the results of the organization’s recent national election.

The following nurses have been elected to serve on the ANNA’s Board of Directors: Jennifer Payton, MHCA, BSN, RN, CNN (president-elect); Kristin Larson, MSN, RN, AGNP-BC, CNN (secretary); Michelle Gilliland, MSN, RN, CNN (director); and Faith Lynch, MSN, RN, CNN (director).

The newly elected leaders will assume their positions during the 2022 National Symposium in Fort Worth, TX. The new appointees will join the following 2022-23 board members: Angela Kurosaka, DNP, RN, CNN, CCM, NEA-BC (president); David Walz, MBA, BSN, RN, CNN, FACHE (immediate past president); Sara Kennedy, BSN, RN, CNNe (treasurer); and Elizabeth St. John, MSN, RN, CNN (director).

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U.S. Virgin Islands to enact nurse licensure compact

The U.S Virgin Islands have become the second territory and the 39th jurisdiction to enact the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), according to the NCSBN.

The compact allows registered nurses and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to possess one multistate license with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth in both their home territory/state and other NLC states.

“Understanding the complexities and challenges with retaining nurses in the Virgin Islands, we believe that this new and exciting opportunity will positively impact our community, our nursing practice, and the healthcare institutions,” said Tanicia Penn, MSN, RN, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Board of Nurse Licensure chairperson, in a prepared statement.

An implementation process must next be completed before residents will be eligible to apply for a multistate license and before nurses in other NLC states who hold a multistate license will be able to practice in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The implementation date has not been set, according to NCSBN officials.

Currently, nurses in the Virgin Islands cannot obtain a multistate license until implementation is completed. Likewise, nurses in other NLC states with a multistate license may not practice in the Virgin Islands until implementation is complete. Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed the NLC into law on Dec. 6.

Licensure requirements are aligned in NLC states, so all nurses applying for a multistate license are required to meet those same standards, including submission to a federal and state fingerprint-based criminal background check.

With the multistate license, nurses are able to provide telehealth nursing services to patients located in NLC states without having to obtain additional licenses. A multistate license facilitates cross-border practice for many types of nurses who routinely practice with patients in other states, including primary care nurses, case managers, transport nurses, school and hospice nurses, and many others.

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NLN’s president named to “influential” list of leaders

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, president and chief executive officer with the National League for Nursing (NLN), has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2021 by Modern Healthcare.

The recognition acknowledges and honors individuals who are deemed by their peers and Modern Healthcare to have made the most impact on and exhibited the strongest leadership in healthcare, according to the NLN.

This is the fifth time in the past decade that Malone has been included in the ranking of top healthcare executives, medical professionals, policymakers, and leaders in the government, and business and nonprofit sectors.

“I am so pleased to have my work on behalf of nursing education honored in this way, but I feel as always that this important recognition is not just for me,” said Malone in a prepared statement. “This award is also for all the nurse educators across the country who are teaching nursing students how to become excellent nurses. I proudly share this honor with our dedicated board of governors, our wonderful professional staff, and the many, many National League for Nursing members who serve on our committees and task forces. They also share their knowledge, experience, and scholarship for a wide range of programs and initiatives that advance excellence in nursing education.”

Under Malone’s leadership, the NLN has advanced the science of nursing education by promoting greater collaboration among stakeholders, increasing diversity in nursing and nursing education, and advancing excellence in care for patients, according to NLN officials.

Malone’s career has combined policy, education, administration, and clinical practice, and includes time spent as federal deputy assistant secretary for health under former United States President Bill Clinton.