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American Nurses Association Announces the Orthodox Jewish Nurses Association as its Newest Organizational Affiliate


Shannon McClendon, 301-628-5391

Keziah Proctor, 301-628-5197

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) welcomes the Orthodox Jewish Nurses Association (OJNA) as the latest addition to its list of organizational affiliates. This will bring the total number of ANA’s partner organizations to 38. OJNA is an organization that aims to address professional issues related to Orthodox Jewish nurses and to serve the special needs of its members.

“ANA is excited to begin this new partnership because together we strengthen our resolve and commitment to continue the work of advocating for all nurses from every background,” said ANA President Ernest Grant, PHD, RN, FAAN. “Organizational affiliates like the Orthodox Jewish Nurses Association are essential to our work in reaching that goal by bringing valuable insight and unique perspectives to the table.”

OJNA was established in 2008 when a new nurse saw the need for a forum to discuss issues specific to Orthodox Jewish nurses. OJNA now hosts annual educational conferences as well as various networking, educational, and career advancement events across the country.  The OJNA offers a mentorship program for new graduates, resume building, and writing assistance. Its biannual nursing journal is peer reviewed, and membership spans across the U.S., with chapters in Canada and Israel.

"On behalf of the OJNA Board of Directors, we are delighted to begin this partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA). The affiliation of the Orthodox Jewish Nurses Association with ANA will enhance the inclusion and diversity of ANA while we continue to focus on the needs of our members,” said OJNA President Elisheva Rosner, MSN, RN-C.

ANA and its organizational affiliates seek to unify all registered nurses across different health care settings and areas of expertise as a powerful force to transform health care. ANA’s organizational affiliates have specialized knowledge and experience with a targeted segment of the nursing community, while benefiting from a strong public presence, influence on government policy and the support of ANA. Read more about ANA’s organizational affiliates.


About the American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all. For more information, visit

About the Orthodox Jewish Nurses Association

The Orthodox Jewish Nurses Association (OJNA) is an organization that aims to meet the unique needs of its members while promoting nursing professionalism. OJNA provides a forum for discussion of issues that are specific to Orthodox Jewish nurses, arranges networking and educational events, and seeks to be a voice for Orthodox Jewish nurses around the world.  For more information, visit

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