A diverse group of nurses from across New York has launched a new professional organization for all registered nurses in the state.
American Nurses Association-New York (ANA-New York) is dedicated to promoting excellence in nursing practice, seeks to improve the quality of health care services, and promotes the professional and leadership development of registered nurses.
The American Nurses Association (ANA), a national professional organization, has recognized ANA-New York as its newest state affiliate. Nurses who join ANA-New York will have membership in, and receive benefits from, both the state and national organizations.
Nurses across the state rallied to create ANA-New York in the wake of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) board of directors’ action in late October to end its more than century-long affiliation with the national organization.
As a result of NYSNA’s disaffiliation from ANA, its individual members lost national benefits, including access to professional consultations on nursing issues, core resources such as periodicals and members’ content on ANA’s website, and discounts on books, conferences, and continuing education offerings, according to ANA.
Further, its members were no longer eligible to hold office in the national organization or to receive the member discount for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) initial certification and recertification.
“We are excited about serving all nurses in the state and are proud to be affiliated with ANA,” said ANA-New York Interim President Winifred Kennedy. “We know that we have a greater impact when state associations and ANA work together. That synergy benefits members and our profession, and advances the goal of improving health care.”
Kennedy has led a planning committee for the new organization that is composed of direct care nurses, nurse educators, nurse administrators, advanced practice registered nurses, and nurse researchers from across the state.
ANA-New York is actively recruiting nurses to join the organization to help shape its purpose, activities, and work on behalf of professional nursing in the state. As required by its bylaws, there will be elections for officers and board members by June, officials said.
ANA-New York’s founders commend the dedication and heroism of the nurses who stood by their patients during Hurricane Sandy and came to the aid of their neighbors and communities in its aftermath. To demonstrate its support of nurses who have sustained storm losses, ANA-New York will contribute $5 for each member who joins by June 30 to the American Nurses Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund that is assisting nurses who have been impacted by the disaster, officials said.
“I am inspired by this group of dedicated nurses who have come together to form a new organization that fully values the diversity of nurses’ practice and perspectives,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley. “With nurses being called upon to assume a larger role in transforming the health care system and with demand for nursing services growing, ANA-New York will provide RNs with access to a broad range of leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities.”
New York nurses who wish to join the organization or volunteer with the new organization may find additional information on its website, http://www.ANA-NewYork.org. Additionally, nurses may contact the organization via e-mail, ANA-NewYork@ana.org, or by calling (877) 810-5972.
ANA now has affiliate state nurses associations in 48 states and affiliate “constituent” nurses associations representing Guam, the Virgin Islands, the U.S. military and Public Health Service (FedNA), and the Individual Membership Division (IMD). Additionally, 30 specialty-nursing organizations are organizational affiliate members of ANA.
ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates.
It advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses.