A Holiday Message From ASNA President, Dr. Lindsey Harris

As president of the Alabama State Nurses Association, I want to wish you Happy Holidays and thank you for being an ASNA/ANA member. As you can see in the highlights below this letter, together we have accomplished a lot in this difficult and challenging year.

The World Health Organization named 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse.” Little did we know the weight that designation would carry. I would like to personally thank you for all you do! Many of our members participated in ASNA advocacy for nurses and nursing practice. Other members, who couldn’t actively participate, supported these efforts by maintaining their membership. Together – you all made it possible for nurses to be “at the table” with the highest levels of state and federal policymakers.

COVID-19 took precedence in 2020, and we came together and fought for nurses’ rights. Throughout 2020, ASNA/ANA continued to address other issues of importance to our profession as well. For instance, we provided numerous opportunities for professional development, networking, career advancement, scholarships, and awards.

In January, I will send you a complete “Year In Review” of ASNA accomplishments in 2020. My heart is filled with admiration and gratitude for you all.

God bless you, your family, coworkers, and patients!

Sincerely,
Lindsey Harris, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

P.S. Now that vaccines are available, we encourage you to take it at the earliest opportunity.

ASNA COVID-19 INITIATIVES:

  • Three Alabama surveys provided real data from nurses about workplace issues
    • Survey of nurses revealed stress, mental health and burnout levels
    • We took these issues to federal and state lawmakers, including Governor Ivey and The White House
  • CARES Act: We applied for grants, including:
    • Nurse direct PPE stores and delivery when system fails
    • Financial aid for nurses laid off due to unit closures
    • Financial aid for nurses with COVID-19
    • The state of Alabama did not award us funding but we are not done fighting the fight.
  • We held weekly meetings with Dr. Harris at the Alabama Department of Public Health as vaccine plans were underway
  • Our ASNA Career Coach help nurses with FREE assistance to hundreds of new and transitioning nurses
  • We partnered with the Alabama Counseling Association to provide FREE mental health care to nurses
  • We participated in more than 30 interviews with news media and shared our COVID-19 resources with thousands Facebook followers to help spread awareness of key issues.

ALABAMA STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION IN THE NEWS

WVTM-13 Birmingham
Alabama Nurses Association educating members on vaccine
https://www.wvtm13.com/article/alabama-state-nurses-association-educating-members-on-vaccine/35000385

USNEWS.COM
Nursing Students, Teachers to Fill Gaps at UAB
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alabama/articles/2020-12-16/nursing-students-teachers-to-fill-gaps-at-uab-hospital

WVUA-23 Tuscaloosa
UAB Hospital Update: Staffing is Low, but Community is Stepping Up
https://wvua23.com/uab-hospital-update-staffing-is-low-but-community-is-stepping-up/

WBRC-6 BirminghamAdvocacy group claims hospitals still don’t have enough PPE, hopes pandemic makes systemic changes
https://www.wbrc.com/2020/12/09/advocacy-group-claims-hospitals-still-dont-have-enough-ppe-hopes-pandemic-makes-systemic-changes/

WSFA-12 Montgomery
A plea to retired nurses: ‘We need you’ as Ala. faces nursing shortage due to COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.wsfa.com/2020/12/09/plea-retired-nurses-we-need-you-ala-faces-nursing-shortage-due-covid-pandemic/

WAFF-48 Huntsville
Health care workers pushing off retirement to help fight the pandemic
https://www.waff.com/2020/12/07/health-care-workers-pushing-off-retirement-help-fight-pandemic/

WBHM- Alabama Public Radio
Alabama’s Nursing Shortage Worsens During Pandemic
https://wbhm.org/feature/2020/pandemic-highlights-alabama-nursing-shortage/