For this discussion, four nursing organizations that I chose were, American Nurses Association, Emergency Nurses Association, National League for Nursing and National Institute of Nursing Research. All these organizations play a significant role in the profession of nursing in its unique way.
The American Nurses Association is the largest nursing organization in the United States. It has a tremendous amount of political influence. The American Nurses Association’s federal legislative agenda is focused on advancing the essential function nurses play in the welfare of patients and the health of the country, as well as ensuring a robust nursing profession in the future (Craig, et al., 2020). The association states its mission as “As the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), our vision is to achieve ‘a healthy world through the power of nursing’, and this is more relevant today than ever. With the future of health care changing so dramatically, nurses can revolutionize the approach to care for the better” (American Nurses Foundation, 2021).
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is committed to advocating on federal legislative and regulatory problems impacting emergency nurses and patients in the same manner that nurses advocate on behalf of their clients. The legislative agenda of the ENA comprises the following items: meetings with political representatives on Capitol Hill on a regular basis; keeping track of federal legislation that may have an impact on emergency nursing; making submissions to regulatory agencies on programs and policies that impact emergency nurses (Government Relations – Emergency Nurses Association, 2022). The ENA mission is to: “advance excellence in emergency nursing. Our vision is to be the premier organization for the emergency nursing community worldwide” (About ENA, 2022).
The National League for Nursing was established in 1893 as the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses. It was the first nursing organization to be established in the United States. The National League for Nursing’s objective is to be the industry leader in creating standards, developing excellence and innovation, and advocating for all forms of academic and continuous learning initiatives in nursing. The National League of Nursing’s goal in the legislative arena is to design and promote regulations that have an impact on nursing professional expansion (Public Policy, 2022). The National League for Nursing states its missions as: “Promote excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community.” (Core Values, 2022)
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is a branch of the National Institutes of Health in the United States of America. The organization promotes clinical and fundamental research in order to develop a scientific foundation for the nursing care of persons throughout their lives. It encompasses all phases of nursing care, including the treatment of patients throughout illness and rehabilitation, the reduction of the risk of disease and disability, and the advocacy of healthy lifestyles (National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), 2020). The National Institute of Nursing Research is a federal agency for conducting and supporting nursing research which has a significant effect in nursing as a profession on a national level. While the organization itself doesn’t have active legislative initiatives, it influences nursing profession via research. The mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is to “promote and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities” (National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), 2020).