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Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN


American Nurses Association

Ernest J. Grant is the 36th president of the American Nurses Association. He also serves as adjunct faculty for the UNC School of Nursing, where he works with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings. A distinguished leader, Dr. Grant has more than 30 years of nursing experience and is an internationally recognized burn care and fire safety expert. He previously served as the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. He is frequently sought out for his expertise as a clinician and educator. In addition to being a prolific speaker, he has conducted numerous burn education courses with various branches of the U.S. military in preparation for troops’ deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2002, President George W. Bush presented Dr. Grant with a Nurse of the Year Award for his work treating burn victims from the World Trade Center site. In 2013, he received the B.T. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council for making a difference in preventing the devastating effects of fire and burn injuries and deaths within the state. An active participant in professional organizations, Dr. Grant is a past chair of the National Fire Protection Association board of directors and served as second vice president of the American Burn Association board of trustees. He also holds membership in Sigma Theta Tau and Chi Eta Phi. Dr. Grant served as president of the North Carolina Nurses Association from 2009 to 2011.

In 2002, ANA honored Dr. Grant with the Honorary Nursing Practice Award for his contributions to the advancement of nursing practice through strength of character, commitment and competence. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Science degree in nursing and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014. He is the first man to be elected to the office of president of the American Nurses Association.


AHA, AHIP, ANA Special Session: Industry Perspectives: The Current and Future State of the Healthcare Landscape

Presented by Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, Matthew D. Eyles, Melinda L. Estes, MD, Richard J. Pollack at 2:15 PM on Tuesday, March 29th.

Join leaders Richard J. Pollack, president/CEO, American Hospital Association; Matthew D. Eyles, president/CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans; and Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, president, American Nurses Association, for this fireside chat to address critical issues facing U.S. healthcare providers today. Mr. Pollack, Mr. Eyles, and Dr. Grant will address delivery of care, healthcare policy,…