Legal Action

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The American Nurses Association pursues legal action and weighs in on legal issues to protect registered nurses and patients and to uphold ANA’s policy positions. ANA has pursued legal remedies to ensure safe nurse staffing, protect nurses’ rights to practice as defined by law, and reduce environmental health hazards, among others.

ANA has responded to these legal issues:

Patients’ Rights/Patient Protection

Scope of Practice (Ability to provide full range of services defined by law)

Working Conditions


  • Sentosa Nurses (Nurses Recruited from the Philippines)
    ANA and its New York affiliate filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief to have criminal charges for patient endangerment dropped against the foreign nurses, who left their jobs amid claims of employment contract violations, inadequate training and unsafe staffing conditions.

Environmental Health