The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognized a new premier partner and welcomed an organizational affiliate earlier this year. The new affiliate, along with the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) and the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) who joined earlier this year, brings the total number of ANA partner organizations to 34.
“Establishing deeper connections with specialty nursing organizations strengthens the influence of all nurses as ANA works to achieve mutual goals on behalf of nurses and patients,” said Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, who was ANA president at the time of the affiliations. “By working together, we enhance the synergy of efforts to improve the work environment and the quality of patient care.”
American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)
AANN has upgraded to the status of premier organizational affiliate, joining the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in providing this level of enhanced benefits to its individual members. Founded in 1968, AANN, an organization of more than 4,500 members worldwide, is committed to working for the highest standard of care for neuroscience patients by advancing the science and practice of neuroscience nursing.
“Offering ANA’s premier organization affiliate benefits to AANN members drives our vision of being the leading authority in neuroscience nursing. AANN is proud to offer its members this new benefit that will help our nurses improve patient care and support their neuroscience nursing careers,” said AANN Immediate Past President Mary Kay Bader, MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN.
Individual members of OA premier organizations have the option of digital access to ANA’s journals and e-newsletters, free and discounted access to a range of professional development programs, and through their membership, they strengthen ANA’s advocacy on behalf of nurses.
International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
IAFN members, who total more than 3,000 in 16 countries, specialize in applying nursing science to criminal cases or legal proceedings. Forensic nurses are experts in the assessment of trauma, violence, and crime and their effects on victims and perpetrators, and they perform duties such as collecting evidence and testifying in court. Forensic nurses focus on areas including sexual violence, child and elder maltreatment and abuse, domestic violence, death investigation, human trafficking, forensic psychiatric nursing and forensic corrections.
IAFN President Sheila Early, BScN, RN, said, “I am delighted that our association has become an organizational affiliate of ANA. This collaboration will enhance the dissemination of forensic nursing principles, practice and education to mainstream nursing. We look forward to an enhanced relationship with ANA and all the organizational affiliates.”
Early notes that the now-formalized connection between ANA and her organization dates to 1995, when ANA recognized forensic nursing as a specialty and the two associations jointly published Forensic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.
Through affiliation with ANA, nursing organizations 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. ANA’s organizational affiliates represent roughly 400,000 RNs.