I am ANAC Proud because I am a nurse. I am ANAC Proud because I have lived through the HIV epidemic. I am ANAC Proud because ANAC provides me with the colleagues, support, education, and challenges that make my work worthwhile. I am ANAC Proud because I have things to contribute, ANAC welcomes my efforts, and ANAC is an organization that I want to support. I am ANAC Proud because ANAC shows me all of the ways that nurses are important in clinical care, education, research, prevention, and advocacy. I am ANAC Proud because, in light of health care reform, I want nurses to have a strong organization advocating for them. I am ANAC Proud because I see ANAC nurses making huge differences for people living with HIV, HCV, and Ebola, even when the circumstances are desperate. But I am mostly ANAC Proud because the members of ANAC are family.
Happy Nurses Week!
Lucy Bradley-Springer, PHD, RN, ACRN, FAAN
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver
PI/Director, Mountain Plains AIDS Education and Training Center
Editor, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Member, President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS