Her clinical nursing days were over, but Daley’s time as a leader was just getting started. She plunged into advocacy to petition the US Congress to change laws in order to prevent similar injuries. She successfully pushed for state legislature to pass a needlestick safety and prevention bill in 1999. She traveled around the country, all the while battling her illness, to educate others about prevalence and prevention of needlestick injuries. She went on to become a two-term president of ANA, and became instrumental in transforming the Association into the organization it is today.
To celebrate her achievements, the American Nurses Foundation established the Karen Daley Leadership Fund, with a goal of raising $25,000 by July 1st. Inspired by Daley’s strength and courage, hundreds of donors showed their support, and to date the Foundation has exceeded its goal. The Fund will be used to support leadership initiatives that will empower nurses and strengthen the profession for years to come.
Daley feels tremendous honor in having a fund created in her name, and to have the support of her peers. Her legacy is one to be remembered and she hopes fellow nurses will be inspired to achieve their goals and create a lasting legacy of their own.“Nurses need to learn to value themselves and be valued if we are to advance the profession”, Daley states. To support the Karen Daley Leadership Fund, visit www.givetonursing.org.
Jacqueline Alleva is one of the many hundreds of nurses who have been recognized by the Foundation’s Honor a Nurse program, sponsored by Lippincott Nursing Solutions. The program highlights the amazing work being done by nurses around the country by encouraging patients and colleagues to publicly thank them. Since revitalizing the program in April 2014, nurses, professors, family members, and a large range of other professionals, including many Foundation donors, have all come out to show their support of the compassionate and precise work that is critical for patients and their families.
By making a gift of honor, you not only support research and programs implemented by the Foundation – you make sure nurses receive the recognition they deserve. As part of the program, the Foundation makes a quarterly award to a nurse who has demonstrated courage, compassion, and dedication to the nursing profession. Alleva, the Foundation’s first recipient of the Nurse of the Quarter Award, was nominated by Dean and Professor Harriet R. Feldman of Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing. “Being nominated by Dr. Feldman makes me feel proud of my journey as a nurse,” states Alleva. “I’m thankful to have the support and recognition.”
The American Nurses Foundation is proud to recognize Jacqueline Alleva as the Foundation’s First Nurse of The Quarter.