What They’re Watching: Dawna Cato, PhD, Arizona Nurses Association


Eli Kirshbaum


As the CEO of the Arizona Nurses Association, Dawna Cato, PhD, is primarily focused on one policy area: the nursing workforce. With Arizona being one of the states with the worst health care workforce shortages, Cato works with the state to implement policy that will help bolster this critical workforce and meet the demand for nurses that’s only increasing as the pandemic continues.

This work includes the Arizona School Nurse Access Program, the RN Connect text messaging platform, and the Fallen Nurses Tribute.

“[The Fallen Nurses Tribute] is where we partner with an organization called Better Place Forest, and they go around and they purchase forest property, and they are helping us create a memorial in the name of the Arizona Nurses Association for all fallen health care heroes.”