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A Message from GNA President Aimee Manion

Aimee Manion, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC



Deborah Hackman-Bartlett, CAE

Chief Executive Officer


Dear GNA members,

It is with great honor and respect for the nursing profession and immense enthusiasm that I offer my greetings as the 46th president of the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA). Founded more than a century ago for the purpose of uniting our profession, GNA is the state’s largest professional association for registered nurses in all practice settings. Since its founding, GNA has been a driving force for the advancement of the nursing profession within our state. It is my goal, as GNA president, to continue this great legacy through fostering a culture of collaboration, collegiality, leadership, advocacy and professional development.

The nursing profession has faced significant challenges in 2014, including the treatment of the first known cases of Ebola in the U.S., the outbreak of enterovirus D68, the unacceptable outages of Georgia’s professional licensing board’s technology system and a push for more Title VIII nursing workforce resources in Congress. Here in Georgia, we’ve seen four Ebola patients admitted, treated and successfully released from Emory University Hospital. Emory nurses, many of whom are GNA members, were on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak. Nurses are seen as models of courage, professionalism and expertise across our nation. More recently, we’ve seen two GNA members appointed to serve on Governor Nathan Deal’s new Ebola Response Team.

On the legislative advocacy front, GNA has worked in collaboration with the Georgia Board of Nursing and nursing stakeholders to ensure that more resources in the state budget are directed to the Board of Nursing. As a direct result of GNA’s lobbying efforts, an additional $2 million was allocated for raises for school nurses and for the GBON to implement mandatory reporting, and to hire nine new GBON staff positions. GNA continues to be a valued, go-to resource for nursing leadership, information and data by members of our General Assembly and the media.

GNA will soon be announcing a new project here in Georgia in collaboration with the ANA Leadership Institute that will focus on preparing nurses to lead and fill the pipeline of skilled future leaders in our state. We are confident the nursing profession and GNA are up to the challenges of leadership, protecting the workforce and legislative action. The GNA Board of Directors takes its direction from the GNA mission: “Nurses shaping the future of professional nursing for a healthier Georgia,” from the member-approved strategic plan and from Nursing’s Code of Ethics. We are honored to accept the confidence you have entrusted in us.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our previous Board members and welcome new Board members. The GNA Board of Directors, GNF Board of Trustees, the GNA/GNF CEO and staff are all committed to serving you, our members, with integrity and in the spirit of collaboration and commitment to nursing, the most trusted profession. On behalf of the entire GNA leadership team, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving filled with joy and good health. We are thankful you are a member! Please feel free to contact me at any time.


Aimee Manion, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC
President, Georgia Nurses Association


GNA Board of Directors
Aimee Manion, President
Jill Williams, Treasurer
Wanda Jones, Secretary
Kathy Williams, Director of Leadership Development
Richard Lamphier, Director of Legislation/Public Policy
Mary Watson, Director of Membership Development
Sherry Sims, Director of Nursing Practice & Advocacy
Suzanne Staebler, Director, Advance Practice Nurses
Georgia Barkers, ex officio, Georgia Nurses Foundation President
Debbie Hackman-Bartlett, ex officio, Chief Executive Officer

Call for Candidates for GNA Staff Nurse Director
The Georgia Nurses Association Board of Directors is seeking candidates for Director for Staff Nurses. The GNA Staff Nurse Director prioritizes issues relating to all staff nurses while serving on the Board.

This office will begin upon Board appointment and end at the close of the GNA Membership Assembly in October 2015. The position requires the Director be employed at least 50 percent of full-time employment in direct patient care. The Director may be a full or state member of GNA. The GNA Board of Directors meets face-to-face at GNA Headquarters in Atlanta four times per year and attends additional teleconferences as necessary. Board members submit written reports of their accomplishments in their position prior to each Board meeting, as well as a biennial report that is printed in the Biennial Conference & Membership Assembly’s Booklet of Reports. The GNA Board of Directors is also required to attend the GNA Biennial Membership Assembly.  Click here for a description and all requirements for this Board position.

Please submit your contact information to or fax to 404-325-0407, ATTN: GNA Staff Nurse Director. Those interested in the position must also complete and submit the Bio and Consent to Serve form here – – by Saturday, December 20, 2014.



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