ANA Mission Statement:
Nurses advancing our profession to improve health for all.
The American Nurses Association (ANA), founded in 1896, is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its state nurses associations, constituent member associations (federal government nurses, Guam, Virgin Islands) and nursing specialty groups, or “organizational affiliates.”
ANA 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 lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
ANA seeks to improve work conditions that affect nurses and their patients, among them safe patient handling and mobility (elimination of manual patient lifting), safe nurse staffing levels, use of safe needles and workplace violence.
The association is dedicated to advancing other crucial issues that directly affect the quality of care and patients’ access to care. ANA focuses on promoting innovative health care delivery models; addressing nursing workforce issues; improving care coordination and hospital readmission rates; enhancing patient safety and outcomes; and enabling RNs to practice to their fullest abilities.
ANA has several affiliated organizations:
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) — An ANA subsidiary, ANCC certifies nurses in specialty practice areas; recognizes healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments; and accredits providers of continuing nursing education.
American Nurses Foundation (ANF) — The charitable and philanthropic arm of ANA, ANF supports ANA’s work to promote the welfare and well being of nurses and advance the profession primarily through grants for nursing research and investments in nursing leadership.
American Academy of Nursing (AAN) — An independent affiliate of ANA, AAN, whose 1,800 invited ANA members (fellows) are recognized as the nation’s foremost nursing leaders, advances health policy and practice through the generation and dissemination of nursing knowledge.
The Board of Directors serves as the corporate body of ANA, with fiduciary duties. The board oversees implementation of policies and positions established by the Membership Assembly, which serves as ANA’s governing and voting body. The Assembly elects, advises, and directs the Board of Directors on emerging nursing, health care and workplace trends.
The Membership Assembly, which meets annually, is ANA’s governing and voting body. It identifies and discusses issues of concern to nurses and provides direction to the Board of Directors. The Membership Assembly is comprised of the Board of Directors and representatives from each Constituent and State Nurses Association; the Individual Member Division (IMD); and ANA’s Organizational Affiliates.
ANA convenes ad-hoc Professional Issues Panels to evaluate changes in nursing practice and health policy and engage nurses in deliberations and well-researched decisions on pressing issues. Panels are convened around specific practice and policy questions approved by the Board of Directors.