Nursing Paper on Analysis of the American Nurse Association

Description of the Organization

The American Nurse Association is a professional body that aims to advance and safeguard the nursing profession. The organization began in 1896 and was initially known as Associated Alumnae before the name was changed to the American Nurses Association (ANA) (Stimpfel et al., 2016).  The organization articulates that nursing is the promotion, optimization, and protection of health and abilities, mitigation of suffering through the treatment and diagnosis of human reaction, prevention of injury and illness, and advocacy while caring for populations, communities, families, and individuals.

ANA has 54-member organizations that represent registered nurses (RNs) across the U.S (Stimpfel et al., 2016). The body is involved in creating guidelines for nursing practice, advancing the social and economic well-being of nurses, and promoting the rights of nurses in healthcare settings. ANA is divided into three subsidiaries that serve different purposes (Stimpfel et al., 2016). The first one, American Academy of Nursing, serves the nursing profession and the public by advancing the practice and health policy through the development, synthesis, and distribution of nursing insights. The American Nurses Foundation is the second one and is the philanthropic wing of the organization. Last is The American Nurses Credentialing Center, which gives nurses credentials in their specialties and sets the benchmark that facilitates nursing excellence.

The mission of ANA is to advance the nursing profession. The obvious benefit of being a member of the entity is that one can practice in a multitude of healthcare setting in the United States. Another benefit is that one gains protection form ANA while practicing. The last benefit is that one gains insight into the latest developments in the profession and joins a network of seasoned professionals with profound knowledge of nursing practice.

The Importance of Networking for Nurses and the role of ANA in Creating Networking Opportunities

            Nurses should engage in networking for various reasons. First, professional networking is the most effective way for them to find jobs (Tastan et al., 2014). The recruitment offices at healthcare institutions thrive on referrals from employees. Indeed, such referral programs are some of the most aggressive of any industry. Recommendations from other professionals are perhaps the best way to land a nursing job. Second, professional networking can lead to career advancement. Such networks can enable nurses to gain the knowledge needed to take the next step in their careers (Tastan et al., 2014). For instance, these professionals can develop relationships with people who serve in the desired roles or fields to gain insights. Whereas the professional contact may not lead to a job, it will act as an invaluable source of insights that can be useful in advancing one’s nursing career. The last key reason nurses should join professional networks is that it provides them with professional reinforcement (Tastan et al., 2014). Having a support group of peers is useful in relieving the stress that brings about burnout. New nurses should seek their seasoned workmates for insights on managing the ups and downs of nursing. Interacting with those who share the same experiences can eventually lead to productive discussions leading to useful ideas to enhance the system.

ANA creates networking opportunities for nurses in two ways. First, it provides local networks for novice nurses (Tastan et al., 2014). Indeed, the organization has committees within the hospital system that assist with career advancement and help to solve problems associated with patient care. Second, the entity organizes conferences throughout the years that help nurses to grow their professional networks and make lifelong friendships (Tastan et al., 2014). Attending these conferences also gives professionals the opportunity to break away from the stress of their daily studies.

How ANA Communicates with Its Members

            For ANA, its members are its reason for its existence; therefore, keeping them engaged through constant communication is crucial for the organization (Stimpfel et al., 2016). The body communicates with its members through various platforms, such as its website, online communities, and social media. Furthermore, it informs members of the latest changes and advancements in nursing practice through periodicals and journals. Seminars and conferences are also a useful avenue through which ANA disseminates the latest information to members.

Opportunities for Continuing Education and Professional Development

ANA recognizes that health care is an ever-changing field that requires professionals to embrace life-long learning to practice competently and safely. It provides funds and scholarships for professional development. By putting registered nurses in their area of expertise, the organization promotes professional development and advancement of the field (Tastan et al., 2014). The certification credential, which is facilitated by the American Nurses Association, shows that a nurse is qualified, up-to-date, and competent in one of the numerous areas of specialties in nursing practice. The organization also offers nurses the chance to acquire a teaching diploma or graduate degree (Tastan et al., 2014). Moreover, ANA organizes workshops and conferences that create networks for professional development. It also facilitates short courses and training to increase and upgrade the skills and knowledge of registered nurses.  It also publishes periodicals and journals that illustrate the latest developments in nursing practice.

 

 

References

Stimpfel, A. W., Sloane, D. M., McHugh, M. D., & Aiken, L. H. (2016). Hospitals known for nursing excellence associated with better hospital experience for patients. Health Services Research51(3), 1120-1134.

Tastan, S., Linch, G. C., Keenan, G. M., Stifter, J., McKinney, D., Fahey, L., … & Wilkie, D. J. (2014). Evidence for the existing American Nurses Association-recognized standardized nursing terminologies: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies51(8), 1160-1170.