Ernest J. Grant Will Be the First Man to Lead the American Nurses Association

Ernest J. Grant has been elected president of American Nurses Association. When he takes office on January 1, he will be the first man to serve as president of the organization that represents nearly 4 million registered nurses in the United States, about 90 percent of whom are women.

Dr. Grant is an internationally recognized burn care and fire safety expert and oversees the nationally acclaimed North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where he works with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings. Dr Grant, who has been affiliated with the University of North Carolina Hospitals for 36 years, will step down from his posts at the University of North Carolina in order to devote his attention to his duties as president of the American Nurses Association.

A native of Swannanoa, North Carolina, Dr. Grant completed the licensed practical nurse program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. He went on to earn  bachelor’s degree in nursing at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Dr. Grant earned a master’s degree in nursing education and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


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  1. Jekamiah Bey says:

    Congratulations! Amazing accomplishment.

  2. Archbishop Edward Skiba says:

    Congratulations Dr. Grant. God bless you.

  3. Theresa Saracho, MSN, RN, FNP says:

    Congratuations Dr. Grant, and thank you for being that role model for ‘Men in Nursing’!

    I commend you on your journey and all the accomplishments you have made thus far. I am honored to have you as our next ANA President. I would love the opportunity to meet with you one day. Til then, keep breaking those barriers for the next generation of nurses coming behind us!

  4. Teri Arrwood says:

    Congratulations! You are an amazing teacher and human being! It’s been an honor to attend your classes over the years

  5. Sharon Gamache says:

    I have known Ernest for almost 30 years though his work with the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center and with his involvement with the National Fire Protection Addiciation snd Fire and Burn Prevention internationally. You cannot find a better leader. He is a professional who gives 100 percent and still has time to be a good friend.

  6. Suzy Hollifield Evans says:

    Congratulations Ernest! I am so proud of you! You make me proud to have been a part of your years of Owen High.

  7. Dianne Fugate Wesby says:

    Congratulations!! We r so Proud of you

  8. Andrea Paul, RN, CCM says:

    Dr. Grant,

    Congratulations on your incredible accomplishment. I’m extremely proud to have you leading the American Nurses Association. With your years of clinical experience, as well as leadership experience, you will be a huge asset to our our organization. As the health care issues continue to be huge issues (pre-existing conditions, Medicare for all, etc.) you will lead & guide us with great wisdom as strong patient advocates. We’re very blessed that you are our new leader. Andrea Paul, RN, CCM

  9. Dawn Moore says:

    Congratulations Dr. Grant! God bless you in your leadership journey at ANA. Please work towards narrowing the gap that exists in health disparities in our communities.

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  12. Monica Maynard says:

    Congratulations, sir! So wonderful to have a fresh outlook for our wonderful nurses.

  13. Jason Michael Carney says:

    Dr. Grant congratulations! A great nurse who just happens to be a man.

  14. Margaret Brunner says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Ernie! It was an honor to work with you way back when on the ABA Burn prevention committee.

  15. Congratulations Dr Grant. Blessings says:

    Congratulations Dr Grant.

  16. Ernestine Goode, RN, BSN, MSA says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Grant!!

  17. Michelle Sadler, RN says:

    Way to go Ernie!! Such a kind and deserving person. Much success to you!

  18. Michelle Metzger says:

    What a huge accomplishment! Congratulations, Dr. Grant!

  19. Frank Diggs says:

    Congratulations!!, Dr. Grant, wishing you much success.

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