ASNA has been representing the nurses of Alabama for 100 years! Alabama’s nurses have been among the first to respond to the needs of our nation through increasing awareness of public health issues, promoting professional standards of nursing, and “supporting the war effort”.
ASNA is committed to promoting excellence in nursing.
ASNA is the professional voice of all registered nurses in Alabama.
- Modeling professional nursing practices after other nurses
- Adhering to the Code of Ethics for Nurses
- Becoming more recognizably influential as an association
- Unifying nurses
- Promoting cultural diversity
- Promoting health parity
- Advancing professional competence
- Promoting ethical care and the human dignity of a person
- Maintaining integrity in all nursing careers
How It All Happened: The History of ASNA
Founded in 1913 and incorporated in 1914.
Guided first law for nurse licensure in Alabama
ASNA members called for the creation of a professional “Board of Nurse Examiners”–what would ultimately become the Alabama Board of Nursing–to ensure licensing and education requirements for all nurses in Alabama. Also pressured the U.S. Senate to reclassify nursing as a “profession” rather than a “service”
Adoption of 8-hour workday with a salary
The Alabama Nurse, ASNA publication begins
Partnered with AEA to Establish the Nurse Scholarship Fund
Expanded Nurse Practice Act for APRNs
School Nurse Bill passed after years of advocacy
ASNA wrote and sponsored the Workplace Violence Law, resulting in a bill that made it a felony to attack a nurse
Name tag law identified staff credentials
Stopped $2 million removal from ABN budget
Stopped lay midwives (non-nurses) licensing
Support in Alabama budget for nurse scholarships
Fought to have nurses on Medicaid RCO Boards