Mary Foley assumes presidency at ANA

Mary Foley assumes presidency at ANA

Mary E. Foley, MS, RN, has assumed the role of president of the American Nurses Association (ANA) effective January 10, 2000. She assumes the role vacated by Beverly L. Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, who left to accept the position of deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. Foley, who was elected as first vice president in June 1998, will serve out the current term until June. 2000 when a new president is elected.

“My colleague, Mary Foley, is a seasoned nurse leader who is well prepared for her new role,” stated outgoing president Malone.

Foley is on leave of absence from Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, a member of the Catholic Healthcare West Network. She most recently held the position of director of nursing and chief nurse executive. Prior to that she served as a medical-surgical staff nurse at Saint Francis for seventeen years. She was a part-time clinical faculty member at San Francisco State University School of Nursing and was the faculty adviser for the student nurses association at the school. From 1976 to 1980, Foley was the assistant director of ambulatory care review at the New York County Health Services Review Organization.

As ANA president, Foley will serve as the official representative of the association and as its spokesperson on public policy. She will preside as chair over the board of directors, executive committee and house of delegates. “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the association at a time when nursing’s issues, such as medical errors and health care reform, are back at the top of the national agenda,” said Foley. “I look forward to working with nursing organizations and other partners to keep this important agenda on track.

ANA Supports Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a proposed ergonomics standard that, with proper enforcement, will prevent musculoskeletal disorders among nurses. Back injuries affect up to 38% of all nurses and ANA strongly supports this standard. For more information, visit ANA’s web site www.nursing world-org

CT APRNs Take Note! HCFA Clears Way for Non-physician Providers

According to the Health Care Financing Agency (HCFA), non-physician providers, including nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists, can order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests under the Medicare payment rules, so long as they are acting within the scope of their state licensure law. This is the first time that HCFA has clearly stated this rule and specifically cleared non-physician providers from the application of the Stark Provisions. (See the November 2, 1999, Federal Register for the entire final physician fee schedule.

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