Every day, dedicated nurses strive to provide the best care for patients. But without comprehensive support from organizations, colleagues, and legislature – nurses will be unable to achieve the best patient outcomes.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports nurses to manage the complexities of modern health care, and deliver consistently excellent care. From ethical dilemmas to health care reform, ANA works to ensure that no matter what the challenge - nursing continues to improve health care for all.
Tackling ethical issues together
Nursing has always been synonymous with compassion, but nurses today face increasingly complex ethical issues. Through the work of the ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights, ANA empowers nurses to navigate difficult moral situations and fulfill their ethical obligation to society.
For a definitive guide on ethical issues, The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, or “The Code” is a must-have for every nurse. The Code supports nurses to deliver dignified, humane care; regardless of failings in U.S. health care and the social context of care.
Protecting and advancing scope of practice
With increasing strain on the health care system, it is critically important for nurses of all specialties to practice to the full extent of their education. ANA represents all nurses, and is committed to recognizing the different barriers that individual nurse’s face.
Scope of practice barriers affect nurses across all specialties and practice sites. ANA believes that patients’ interests are best served by a wide range of health care professionals working together to deliver safe, effective, and affordable care. By protecting and advancing scope of practice, ANA empowers nurses to deliver nursing excellence and lead health care change.
Eliminating Manual Patient Handling to Reduce Work-Related Injuries
Through Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) programs and advocacy, ANA is working to establish a safe environment for nurses, with the complete elimination of manual patient handling as our goal. The Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards 2nd edition communicates the continued need for standardized SPHM programs and resources, and re-ignite SPHM discussions and improvements. It highlights eight overarching standards including culture of safety, SPHM technology, and comprehensive evaluation system.
Standing by our principles
ANA guides the profession on issues of nursing practice, health policy, and social concerns that impact patient wellbeing. Through our position statements, ANA amplifies the voice of nurses, and educates both consumers and policymakers.
This work is supported by our principles, which provide direction to nurses across the nation and objectively set out the framework for evaluating nursing excellence. From nurse staffing to social networking, ANA principles address the most important concerns for nurses – and society as a whole.
ANCC Magnet Recognition Program
Magnet® recognized organizations empower nurses to reach their true potential. When a health care organization earns Magnet status, it garners more than external prestige, it demonstrates to the world that it’s an organization that recognizes the invaluable potential of nurses to lead health care change.
The Magnet Recognition Program® provides a road map to advance nursing excellence, with contented staff at its core.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports nurses to address the complexities of modern health care, and deliver consistently excellent care.