Professional Nursing Organizations are very important in the profession to nurses. They provide a sense of unity and community, as well as giving nurses additional resources for professional growth and backing. For many years nursing was a ill thought of career; as was discussed through this class we have seen exactly how that has changed. The same goes for nursing organizations. They have given nurses the tools and ability to connect with others and exchange research and ideas about complex cases. It is like social networking for nurses, I like to think of it. In professional organizations they can bring up important issues that happen through out the country in nursing; for example staffing ratios is a big issue that the country is dealing with at this time, with a whole organization backing up each other it creates a more solid fighting ground than if only a few voices band together. There have been collective bargaining units who have helped with activism over the course of time for and by nurses who want there to be safe and productive conditions in the workplace.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) believes that advocacy is a pillar of nursing. Nurses instinctively advocate for their patients, in their workplaces, and in their communities. The ANA works with legislature to ensure that nurses are protected as it pertains to the nurse patient ratio and a safe environment for practice. Organizations advocates for nurse to further their studies in the field of nursing in order to become more efficient as it pertains to the reduction of infections, mortality rate and overall the best and safest outcome for the patient and family members. As stated in the Nurses Bill of Rights, “Nurses have the potential to lead the way in improving health and health care for all, but in order to realize that potential they must operate in an environment that is safe, empowering, and satisfying.”