Monday October 20th 2014

Welcome new specialty affiliates

Two health care organizations, one focusing on worker safety and the other on caring for patients with cardiovascular disease, have joined the American Nurses Association (ANA) as organizational affiliates.

The new affiliates, which bring the total number of ANA partner organizations to 33, are the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) and the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN).

“Establishing deeper connections with specialty nursing organizations, such as AOHP and AAHFN, strengthens the influence of all nurses as ANA works to achieve mutual goals on behalf of nurses and patients,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN.

AOHP is the only national professional organization that exclusively addresses the needs and concerns of the occupational professional in health care. AOHP, whose membership is 95 percent RNs, is dedicated to promoting the health, safety and well-being of health care workers through advocacy, education, promotion of best practices, and research and partnerships with employers, regulatory agencies and related associations, such as ANA. ANA advocates for healthy and safe environments through initiatives focused on safe patient handling and mobility, safe needles, violence prevention, anti-bullying, HealthyNurse™ and other areas.

AAHFN supports nurses who provide holistic care to individuals with various heart conditions and diseases. Heart failure nursing care can take place in any inpatient or outpatient setting and addresses the acute or chronic needs of patients and their support systems. Nurses manage risk factors for heart failure and improve quality of care.

“Being an ANA organizational affiliate provides AAHFN with an avenue to stay connected with the nursing community and gives us an opportunity to impact the nursing care of our patients. We are proud to represent heart failure nurses in this arena,” said AAHFN President Peggy Kirkwood, MSN, RN, ACNPC, CHFN, AACC.

AOHP Executive President Dee Tyler, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, added that joining ANA as an affiliate “will bring attention to the importance of health care worker safety in providing quality patient care and clarity that occupational and employee health is a key specialty practice.”

Through affiliation with ANA, nursing-related organizations, such as AOHP and AAHFN, advocate independently on issues specific to their expertise while also benefiting from a larger, united presence that is committed to strengthening the nursing profession as a whole and improving patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction in all care settings.

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