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ANA's History on SPH

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has a long history of advocating for nurses’ well-being in the workplace. From developing policy on Safe Patient Handling in 1992, launching the ANA Handle with Care® Campaign in 2003 to advocate for policies and legislation that would result in the elimination of manual patient handling, to continuing to work to enact legislation on both the state AND federal level in 2009, ANA has been a leader, with a solid and proven track record, in the Safe Patient Handling arena. Some highlights:

  • 2009 ANA Supports Safe Patient Handling Measures in Congress To Improve Safety of Nurses and Patients
  • 2009 Unveils ANA Handle with Care Recognition Program™ 
  • 2008 ANA Receives Award for Safe Patient Handling Education
    The American Nurses Association was proud to be one of two recipients selected to receive the 2008 National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Partnering Award for the Safe Patient Handling and Movement Training Program for Schools of Nursing project. 
  • 2008 Position Statement Background Info (ANA Members Only): Revised Elimination of Manual Patient Handling to Prevent Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • 2007 Received the Award of Excellence for Public Health Training for the Safe Patient Handling and Movement Training Program for Schools of Nursing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
  • 2007 Safe Patient Handling and Movement Nursing School Curriculum Toolkit
  • 2007 ANA Co-Hosts Congressional Briefing on Safe Patient Handling
  • 2006 ANA Co-Hosts Congressional Briefing on Safe Patient Handling
  • 2003 ANA Handle with Care® campaign begins
  • 2003 ANA Position Statement: Elimination of Manual Patient Handling to Prevent Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • 2001 ANA Testifies at Hearing on Ergonomics Safety in the Workplace
  • 2001 ANA’s Bill of Rights for Registered Nurses
  • 2001 ANA Health & Safety Survey
  • 1993 Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • 1992 The Profession’s Responsibility for the Occupational Health, Safety, and Wellness for Nurses


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