Meet Cece Henry Intern at ANA
My name is Cece Henry, and I’m an intern this spring with the ANA Government Affairs Department (GOVA). After 20 years of primarily ICU/CCU nursing, I decided to return to school for my master’s degree. I wanted to do something that took me out of the traditional hospital setting, and learned about this internship after taking a class last semester with Abby Ehret, a former GOVA intern. After hearing about her memorable experiences, I knew I had to be here!
I have learned so much during my time here. From observing Janet Haebler provide guidance to budding nurse advocates in the nursing leader mentorship program, to spending time in the Maryland State Assembly with MNA lobbyist Robyn Elliot, this internship has brought to life many concepts from my dusty textbooks in a perspective that I wouldn’t get anywhere else.
The highlight of my time here so far has been representing the ANA at the White House for the “Champions of Change” celebration, which was part of the commemoration celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, was the host, and attendees were treated to presentations from individuals from all over the country who were being honored for their efforts in educating their communities about the provisions of the ACA, thereby helping to improve community access and utilization of healthcare services. Also among those in attendance were Rebecca Patton, Past President, ANA, and Jerome Mayer, Associate Director, GOVA. It was wonderful to hear the presentations, and it definitely inspired me to find more ways to support and educate both my peers and my community about health care reform.
This internship has been an honor and a privilege for me. I’m looking forward to more wonderful experiences to come during my remaining time here at the ANA.
Cece Henry, BSN, RN, CCRN