Do you know what nursing associations do?

They advocate for public health issues, educate and support our nurses, fight for better patient care, and more.

National Nurses Week is this week (May 6 – 12). Here at Aptify, it got us thinking about all that the nursing industry has gone through in the last couple of years. It’s been in the public spotlight and has had increased demands placed on them.  

So, we thought this would be the perfect time to show appreciation for some of the associations in the nursing industry and the valuable work they do.  

Here are some nursing industry associations and what they do to support healthcare in our world: 

American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA)

Founded in 1931, the AANA is a professional association representing more than 59,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists nationwide.

The AANA promulgates education and practice standards and guidelines and affords consultation to both private and governmental entities regarding nurse anesthetists and their practice. The AANA Foundation supports the profession by awarding education and research grants to students, faculty, and practicing CRNAs. More than 90 percent of the nation’s nurse anesthetists are members of the AANA. 

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

With more than 120,000 members, the AANP empowers nurse practitioners (NPs) to advance accessible, person-centered, equitable, high-quality health care for diverse communities through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. AANP’s core purpose is to promote high-quality health care for all. 

The association is led by NPs who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that NPs and their patients have a voice wherever important health care conversations are occurring. 

American Nurses Association (ANA) 

For more than 100 years, the ANA has been supporting and advocating for nurses. We can also thank the ANA for helping to establish Nurses Appreciation Week. We started celebrating Nurses Appreciation Day back in the 50’s. The date has shifted on the calendar over the years to finally rest between May 6th, the birthday of one of the most famous nurses in history, Florence Nightingale, and May 12th. Join the ANA on May 18th for a Nurses Month Free Live Virtual Event to “Recognize the profession. Connect with stories. Make a difference.”  

Alberta Association of Nurses (AAN)

AAN is the first professional association for and by Alberta nurses. AAN advocates for all nurses, one unified voice promoting quality health service delivery in the best interest of all Albertans, now and into the future. 

 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 

ONS currently  100,000 nurses and is the professional home to more than 35,000 members. ONS is committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve the quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. 

Thank you to all the nurses out there who work longer hours than most of us and spend most of that time on their feet. We are so grateful that these associations exist to protect, support and educate our nurses. They deserve all the support and appreciation they can get. Happy Nurses Appreciation Week. 

Happy Nurses Appreciation Week image with a super nurse



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