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About ASNA

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”.

Our Mission

ASNA is committed to promoting excellence in nursing.

Our Vision

ASNA is the professional voice of all registered nurses in Alabama.

Our Values

  • 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.

1915

1915

Guided first law for nurse licensure in Alabama

1923

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”

1935

Adoption of 8-hour workday with a salary

1947

1947

The Alabama Nurse, ASNA publication begins

1951

1951

Partnered with AEA to Establish the Nurse Scholarship Fund

1975

Expanded Nurse Practice Act for APRNs

1998

School Nurse Bill passed after years of advocacy

2006

2006

ASNA wrote and sponsored the Workplace Violence Law, resulting in a bill that made it a felony to attack a nurse

2008

Name tag law identified staff credentials

2010

Stopped $2 million removal from ABN budget

2011

Stopped lay midwives (non-nurses) licensing

2013

2013

Support in Alabama budget for nurse scholarships

2014

Fought to have nurses on Medicaid RCO Boards

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