U.S. nursing assemblies include the American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Red Cross Nursing Service and American Society of Registered Nurses. The American Nurses Association, or ANA, is the largest professional organization for nurses in the United States, with 3.4 million members, as of 2015. The ANA's priorities include developing a revised health care system with health care delivery in community rather than hospital settings and increasing federal funding for nursing education.
The ANA lobbies the U.S. Congress and regulatory agencies, as well as health care companies. The association's efforts also include advocating for high standards, nurses' rights and a favorable view of the nursing profession. The organization's past political positions have surrounded Medicare reform, the rights of patients, sufficient facility staffing levels, needle safety and whistleblower protections. The ANA is headquartered in Maryland and offers state-level associations for registered nurses. The ANA is also affiliated with the American Nurses Foundation, American Academy of Nursing and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The independent American Society of Registered Nurses focuses on furthering scholarly nursing research in the United States and globally, as well as enhancing diversity in the profession. The association is also committed to stringent ethical and intellectual standards, as well as recognizing professional excellence.