Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES
ANA's Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards
Ruth Francis has over 25 years of international, corporate, association, government and community health education and promotion experience and works for the American Nurses Association (ANA) where she is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Nursing Practice & Work Environment Department. Ruth currently leads ANA’s Occupational Health Initiatives - Safe Patient Handling and Mobility, #End Nurse Abuse and Bullying Prevention, Opioids Prevention, and Gun Violence Prevention, representing ANA at national and federal stakeholder meetings.
Ms. Francis has authored or co-authored over 50 articles and has presented locally, nationally and internationally on occupational health, immunizations, and health and wellness promotion. She is leading the team that is re-writing the ANA Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards that will be available in June 2020.
Ms. Francis received her master’s degree from Loma Linda University in California and is certified as a Master Health Education Specialist. She is currently working pursuing her Doctor of Public Health degree.
The Standards are considered the foundation for national and state legislation, and a framework for programmatic implementation across the states and globally. Originally made available to the public in 2013, the ANA workgroup members and advisory groups are finalizing an updated revision. The process of revision is discussed and plans for distributing the all-new information are outlined.