ANA Membership Assembly Meeting
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
ANA Membership Assembly Meeting
June 9-10, 2017 in Washington, DC.
APSNA became an ANA Organizational Affiliate (OA) in 2016 and Immediate Past President Raquel Pasarón, attended the first ANA OA meeting in Omaha, Nebraska in November 2016.
There are 2 ANA meetings held each year and APSNA will send representatives to both. The OA meeting in November aligns with the annual Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) meeting, of which ASPNA is a member, and the Membership Assembly held in June each year. APSNA’s delegates are also ANA members.
This year the Membership Assembly took place in Washington, DC with over 400 attending including State Nurses Associations (SNAs), Individual Member Division and Organizational Affiliates. The Membership Assembly, ANA’s governing and policy-making body, replaced the previous governing body, the House of Delegates, which ANA members voted to dissolve in 2012.
The meeting was opened by ANA’s president Pamela Cipriano PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who discussed the uncertainties that lay ahead for healthcare and shared ANA’s ongoing efforts to lobby for health care in Washington. ANA established the ANA’s Principles for Health System Transformation, and submitted this in a letter to Donald Trump in December of 2016. Just as ANA is involved and speaking out for patient rights in Washington, she encouraged nurses to get involved and speak up to oppose the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) of 2017. She went on to highlight nursing successes such as the Veteran’s Health Administration decision to grant full practice authority to advance practice nurses and encouraged ANA members to joining the ANA’s Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Grand Challenge.
The theme of the meeting was healthcare advocacy and member engagement. The Assembly collectively recommended that ANA promote use of policy and advocacy resources, that these efforts are central to all nurses and to develop mechanisms to encourage member involvement in these efforts. The meeting featured a variety of breakout discussion that were presented during lunch meetings, small group discussions on the floor, and ANA voting (OA’s abstain from voting on bylaws). Voting highlights included the approval of a motion to increase the number of voting seats at the Membership Assembly, allowing SNAs to have non-RN membership such as LPNs and Respiratory Therapists, affirming ANA’s opposition to American Healthcare Act of 2017 and support for the Principles of Health System Transformation. In addition, four members were elected to the 9-member BOD. Interesting that ANA is a big organization with a small board.
My take home message is that as an ANA OA affiliate we are now part of the big picture of nursing in a whole new way, that nurses collectively can have a powerful voice and although many of us are accustomed to advocating individually we can use collaborative efforts to speak up on healthcare issues that support both patients and safe working conditions. I would encourage APSNA members to join ANA and visit APSNA’s Legislative Special Interest Group Home Page and reach out to Neil Ead, SIG chair, to find out how you can represent APSNA in legislative efforts.