American Nurses Association ( Ana )

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In the United States alone there are well over three million registered nurses as of 2015, with just over two hundred thousand of that total practicing within the state of Florida (Total Number of Professionally Active Nurses, 2015, n.p.). With that being said, there are many different nursing organizations available within the United States to represent not only the registered nurse, but also to represent the student nurse as well. Several nursing organizations are geared towards specialties, ethnicity, location, education level or gender (Matthews, J., 2012, n.p.). Nursing organizations also lobby federally for the profession as a whole as well as for the public (Schroeder, R., 2013, August, pg.99). For the purpose of this paper I will focus on five specific organizations and the manner in which they represent the registered and student nurse population. American Nurses Association (ANA) The American Nurses Association (ANA) came to fruition in 1911, from the original Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada (ANA History, n.d.). Since its inception over a century ago, the ANA has become a comprehensive organization standing for and representing the nurses of the United States of America. The ANA has established a code of ethics, lobbied politically for patients and nurses alike, initiated principles of practice, as well as work place rights. Furthermore the ANA is involved in several reforms, including broadening the responsibilities of nurses in
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