Professional organization membership: Advancing the nurse practitioner role

    loading  Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid


Professional nursing organizations (PNOs) play critical and diverse roles in promoting and protecting the nursing profession and nurse practitioner (NP) role. Professional organization involvement is an ethical expectation, important to establishing and maintaining nursing values, integrity, and social justice (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015). NPs have many PNO membership options, ranging from the international to local level and from general nursing/NP organizations to those representing narrow specialties and/or roles.
The history of U.S. PNOs began with the founding of the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nursing in 1893; this first PNO later became the National League for Nursing (NLN). Three years later, in 1896, the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada convened; this PNO subsequently became the ANA in 1911 (Matthews, 2012). Other PNOs have proliferated over time to meet the needs of nurses practicing in varied setting and specialties.
    loading  Loading Related Articles