ANA Press Release:
WASHINGTON, DC – Billy Lindros, a registered nurse case manager for hospice at Sacred Heart Home Care Services in Eugene, OR, received a national award for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Association (ANA), the largest nursing organization in the U.S., at its biennial House of Delegates meeting in Washington, DC June 16-19, 2010.
Lindros, RN, of Eugene, garnered the ANA Shirley Titus Award, which recognizes contributions to the ANA economic and general welfare program for nurses.
Lindros was a driving force behind the Oregon legislature’s adoption of a law that bans the practice of pay-per-visit compensation for home health and hospice nurses, which went into effect this year. The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) opposed pay-per-visit provisions because, in effect, they place pressure on home health care nurses to maintain a daily quota of patient visits and arbitrarily allocate a specific, pre-determined charge per patient visit. Many nurses report pay-per-visit results in curtailed services to the patient. Lindros testified in support of the measure.
"We were motivated by two strongly held beliefs – that nurses are professionals and that our patients are people, not components on an assembly line,” Lindros said in accepting the award. "During our testimony, senators and representatives told us of the impact that nurses had on them and their families. Seeing this bill move through the legislature and become a law was a great experience.”
ANA is honoring 20 nurses for their dedication to the profession and contributions toward improving nursing and health care during the meeting of its governing and policy-setting body.
"Nurses form the backbone of our health care system, yet that often goes unrecognized,” said ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR. "Today, we recognize a select group of nurses who epitomize the best of the profession through their commitment to clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and nurse colleagues.”
Lindros worked as a registered nurse case manager for home health at Sacred Heart Home Care Services from 1993-2004. He previously also worked as a staff nurse in the intensive and critical care units at Sacred Heart Medical Center for about 12 years.
Lindros has been a member of ONA’s Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare since 2004.
* Photo by Dee Apperson