Next ANA President: Ernest J. Grant, RN, Ph.D., FAAN

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Next ANA President: Ernest J. Grant, RN, Ph.D., FAAN

A burn care expert who cared for 9-11 survivors

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Starting Jan. 1, the American Nurses Association will have a new president: Ernest J. Grant, RN, Ph.D., FAAN.

From Blue Ridge to 9/11

Grant, who is currently the ANA’s vice president, is originally from a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  He has worked for over 30 years at the Jaycee Burn Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill and is an internationally recognized expert in burn treatment, burn prevention and fire safety.

He began his career as an LPN, but went back to school in the early ‘80s to earn his BSN and become a registered nurse. He subsequently earned his MSN and later his Ph.D. from the UNC at Greensboro. He began his career as an LPN, but went back to school in the early ‘80s to earn his BSN and become a registered nurse. He subsequently earned his MSN and later his Ph.D. from the UNC at Greensboro. 

Early on, Grant took a keen interest in not only burn treatment, but also fire prevention. Today, he is the coordinator of the Jaycee Burn Center’s burn prevention outreach program, working to educate the public, nursing students and other healthcare professionals. He has also been an outspoken legislative advocate.

After 9/11, Grant volunteered his services at The Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, working 12-hour shifts to care for survivors of the World Trade Center attack. For this work, he received a 2002 Nurse of the Year Award and an ANA Honorary Nursing Practice Award.

Standing Tall

Ernest J. Grant is an internationally recognized burn care expert who volunteered his skills to care for survivors of the 9/11 attacks. The 6-foot-5-inch-tall Grant has been known to don the costume of Sparky the Fire Dog (www.sparky.org), the trademark mascot of the National Fire Prevention Association, to teach primary school children about fire safety and help overcome any fear they may have of uniformed firefighters.

“Set the Example”

An ANA member since 1985, Grant is also a past president of the North Carolina Nursing Association, the first black man to hold that position. He was the first man elected ANA vice president and, when he assumes his new office in January, he will be the ANA’s first male president. “[Y]ou need to do what you can to get a seat at the table,” Grant said in a 2017 interview, “because someone has to be able to set the pace as to where your profession is going to go and what issues need to be addressed. … You have to set the example for those that are coming behind you.”

The editors of Working Nurse congratulate Dr. Grant on his election and wish him every success in his new role.

 

 

 

 

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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