The American Nurses Association (ANA) is an organization that fosters nursing practice. According to the ANA “nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations” (American Nurses Association website, 2015).
The ANA addresses the four metaparadigm theories of nursing; person, health, environment, and nursing.
As an organization that fosters nursing practice the ANA advocates for nurses just as nurses’ advocate for patients. We care for a patient and our care is individualized. Nurses are the liaison between patients and doctors speaking on the behalf of patients. To promote the health and well-being of our patients it’s important to assess our patient’s environment ensuring it’s safe to facilitate healing. Nurses play many different roles that it is nearly impossible to encompass It all into just one job title.