is the largest U.S. nursing association promoting and protecting the Registered Nursing profession at the national level with its constituent and organizational affiliates along with state nurses associations focus on representing nursing at the state level.
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2. ANA’s goals are:
3. Reasons to join ANA
4. ANA activities occur via ANA website, signing up for email communications, though our bimonthly newspaper The American Nurse and monthly professional journal American Nurse Today.
5-7. How often does ANA meet?
Those who have full ANA and State Association membership elect members to the 2 day Membership Assembly
who conduct association business yearly. Meetings held in Washington. Previously, biannually convention held rotating areas around the US.
My state association PSNA has an Annual Summit each fall along with periodic nursing Town Halls rotated around my state, hosted by various colleges/schools of nursing. District meetings gone the way of newsletters and internet postings with yearly meeting.
How I became active in PSNA:
I served as President of nursing club senior year of college and was selected to attend NSNA 1982 convention in Minneapolis. Villanovna’s Dean Fitzpatrick took four of her students and invited me to attend a dinner with Nursing Leaders who all encouraged me to join ANA.
I’ve been a member since then, served on district committees+district BOD and delegate to ANA Conventions (great way to vacation and see the US).
This participation helped to fuel my activism efforts…and starting AN’s activism forum.
Though district meetings, I met RN entrepreneurs who started a home care agency in 1985 and was asked to join as an independent nurse contractor ….fell in love with home care. 25+yrs later using my skills to manage a Central Intake Department in Philadelphia area Home Health Agency with 33 staff.