Professional Standards

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Nurses trust ANA because of our dedication to standards, guidelines, and principles. We work hard to elevate the nursing profession by defining the values and priorities for registered nurses across the nation. Through this work, ANA can provide direction to nurses across the nation, influence legislation, and implement a framework to objectively evaluate nursing excellence.

Policy Statement – The ANA Code for Nurses
“The American Nurses Association's (ANA) Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (Code for Nurses) explicates the goals, values and ethical precepts that direct the profession of nursing. The ANA believes the Code for Nurses is nonnegotiable and that each nurse has an obligation to uphold and adhere to the code of ethics.”
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About the Process
Our members are nurses on the floor and in the field. So when a challenge or trend arises in our profession, ANA relies on our members as the first link in developing an official resource. Members are nominated to a working group that thoroughly researches the issue and writes a statement before going to ANA for final approval. This bottom-up approach to our statements helps ensure our standards are current and accurately represent nurses across the nation.
Popular Resources
Code of Ethics for Nurses
This definitive guide demonstrates how to carry out your nursing responsibilities while providing quality care and meeting your ethical obligations.

ANA Position Statements
When a hot topic arises in the industry, ANA will create an explanation, justification, or recommendation for a course of action — otherwise known as a position statement.

ANA Principles for Nursing Practice
From pay to staffing, delegation to documentation, and even cutting-edge topics such as social media – ANA has principles aimed at giving you practical information for your professional practice.

Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition
As the premier resource on nursing practice, Scopes and Standards gives you a broad, non-clinical description of the art and science of nursing. A Scopes and Standards CE course is also available.