American Nurses Association

(ANA) the national organization and official spokesperson for registered nurses. It was founded in 1896 and exists for the purposes of improving the standards of nursing and promoting the general welfare of professional nurses. The association is a federation of local organizations in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The local organizations serve to implement the goals and carry out the functions of the national organization. The official publication of the ANA is the American Nurse. Offices of the organization are located at 600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 100 West, Washington, DC 20024. Information on ANA programs and services can be obtained by calling (800) 274– 4ANA.