Election year or not, this time of year is always a busy time for ANA and the state nurses associations as they come together for the annual lobbyist meeting and the American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI), both held in Washington, DC, just blocks from the Capitol. Rich discussions and attempts to predict upcoming legislative sessions are plentiful.
Within the past two weeks, ANA hosted two annual events designed to bring individuals together from the ANA’s Constituent/State Nurses Associations (C/SNAs) to consolidate intelligence around nursing policy issues and identify strategies to address them. These events were the ANA – C/SNA Lobbyist meeting and the American Nurses Advocacy Institute.
ANA launched the first American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) October 25th through 27th in Washington, DC. The intent of the Institute is to create increased visibility from a well – prepared and connected cadre of registered nurses equipped to influence health policy at the local, state, and national levels. Institute Fellows will be viewed as a political action/advocacy leader for the ANA Constituent Member Association (CMA – state nurses association).