How It All Happened: The History of ASNA
Founded in 1913 and incorporated in 1914, 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”. We have had many important milestones since our inception including:
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
1937 - Established Standards of Employment, which continues to be a key part of our work today
1947 - The Alabama Nurse, ASNA publication begins
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 - 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 - Support in Alabama budget for nurse scholarships
2014 - Fought to have nurses on Medicaid RCO Boards
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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