American Nursing Association
Posted by Laura on January 4, 2015
The American Nursing Association (ANA) is looking out for me as a Registered Nurse so I can keep working in a safe environment for my patients, as well as my peers. I almost feel as I take advantage of this organization. I am a member in good standing, but don’t participate in many of the activities done by this organization to secure the professionalism I have here in California. I could be more active, attend legislative events, and show support in getting policy changes as needed. On the ANA website right now, they are asking for support of the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013. This act is “designed to decrease the potential for injury to health care personnel and patients while reducing work-related health care costs and improving the safety of patient care delivery” (hppts://www.nursingworld.org). I can easily relate to this need as in my practice I am often moving patients in their beds or from bed to bed.
The ANA states on their site there are 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States (http://www.nursingworld.org/). Current membership in the ANA is around 145,790 according to Union Facts.com. How less than 150 thousand individuals can keep my profession of 3.1 million safe and evolving with evidence-based standards, must be trying. I believe calling my local government representatives would the greatest additional strategy I can use to aid the nursing profession on matters the ANA has decided to take action on.
American Nurses Association (n.d.) Re: Safe Patient Handling & Mobility. Retrieved from https://secure3.convio.net/ana/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=423
American Nurses Association (n.d.) Re: About ANA. Retrieved from
UnionFacts.com (n.d.) Re: American Nurses Association. Retrieved from http://www.unionfacts.com/union/American_Nurses_Association
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