Today concludes National Nurses Week and our #ANACproud social media campaign. It’s been great to see ANAC members from around the world post their pictures on Facebook, raising awareness of the many faces and roles of HIV nurses. HIV nurses are clinicians, patient partners, researchers, educators, advocates and leaders. HIV nurses work in a variety of settings including hospitals, universities and nursing schools, Ryan White funded HIV clinics, STD clinics, PrEP programs, hospice and palliative care, HIV/AIDS clinical trials units, prisons, state and local health departments, government agencies and faith based and community based organizations. We work in public policy and advocacy. I am #ANACproud to represent HIV nurses in Washington DC and our core ideology that includes the belief that public policy must be grounded in patient advocacy, human rights, compassion, and social justice. ANAC is proud to be part of the broader global nursing community. ANAC members across the world sit with patients at diagnosis, provide that extra time to explain a procedure or new medications, understand that real life issues sometimes get in the way of appointments and yes… comfort patients and families as they face the end of life. The Gallop Poll, a national survey of US households, ranks nursing as the most trusted and ethical profession for the 13th year in a row. We’re proud of this. #ANACproud is a way to recognize nurses for the important work that you do every day. Thank you.
With respect and gratitude,
Carole Treston, RN MPH ACRN
Chief Nursing Officer
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care