Essay on American Nurses Association ( Ana )

786 Words Mar 9th, 2015 4 Pages
American Nurses Association (ANA) is the largest and leading professional association and the most well known within the nursing discipline in the United States. It first began in 1896 with the idea of organizing a national association but 1897 was when it was finalized and they officially became established. It has since grown from the idea of ten individuals to over 160,000 members and to representing the interests of the nation 's 3.1 million registered nurses (ANA: About, n.d). They have over 400 employs to help “advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public” for the interest of all nurses ("National Council of Women 's Organizations," n.d). They have achieved many of these but their most accomplished efforts with Congress have been: getting the Nursing Training Act passed, adding the division of nursing under Health Education and Welfare, and getting Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998 passed (ANA: Basic History, n.d). All these achievements have affected the discipline of nursing in a positive manner helping ANA become and stay the number one leading professional association in the nursing discipline. While ANA is the largest nurses association, they have affiliations with thirty-five other nursing…

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