Open main menu

American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is a professional organization to advance and protect the profession of nursing. It started in 1896 as the Nurses Associated Alumnae and was renamed the American Nurses Association in 1911.[1] It is based in Silver Spring, Maryland[2] and Ernest Grant is the current president.

American Nurses Association logo.jpg
Full nameAmerican Nurses Association
Key peopleErnest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, President
Office locationSilver Spring, Maryland
CountryUnited States of America

The ANA states nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.[3]


Initial organizational plans were made for the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States of America on September 2, 1896 at Manhattan Beach Hotel near New York City.[4] On February 11–12, 1897 those plans were ratified in Baltimore, Maryland at a meeting that coincided with the annual conference of the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses.[5] Isabel Hampton Robb served as the first president. A major early goal of the organization was the enhancement of nursing care for American soldiers.[6]

Primary missionEdit

The association is a professional organization representing registered nurses (RNs) in the United States through its 54 constituent member associations.[7] The ANA is involved in establishing standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, advancing the economic and general welfare of nurses.[8]

ANA also has three subsidiary organizations: (1) American Academy of Nursing, to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge,(2) American Nurses Foundation, the charitable and philanthropic arm, and (3) American Nurses Credentialing Center, which credentials nurses in their specialty and credentials facilities that exhibit nursing excellence.[9]


  • American Nurse Today
  • The American Nurse
  • OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing[10]

Notable membersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "American Nurses Association, ANA". Health Care Finder. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  2. ^ "ANA Contact Us". American Nurses Association. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  3. ^ "What is Nursing?". The American Nurses Association, Inc. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  4. ^ "BasicHistoricalReview.pdf" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  5. ^ "To Meet Here Next Week". Baltimore American. February 4, 1897. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  6. ^ "Nurses for Peace and War" (PDF). New York Times. May 7, 1899. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  7. ^ "American Nurses Association". Medical Dictionary. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  8. ^ "Nursing Organizations". Discover Nursing. Archived from the original on 3 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  9. ^ "ANA Statement of Purpose". American Nurses Association. Archived from the original on 11 February 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  10. ^ "AANA Periodicals". American Nurses Association. Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  11. ^ a b Binheim, Max; Elvin, Charles A (1928). Women of the West; a series of biographical sketches of living eminent women in the eleven western states of the United States of America. Retrieved 8 August 2017.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

External linksEdit