N108: Transition to the Registered Professional Nurse Role Study Guide The ANA sets standards for nursing practice and writes and modifies a Code of Ethics. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is a branch of the ANA that certifies excellence in nursing practice. The ANCC approves continuing education programs. The 1965 Position Paper by the ANA moved nursing education toward higher education. The American Nurse and Capital Update communicates news about legislation and the ANA’s lobbying efforts. The ANA has filed legal briefs and court cases on behalf of nursing issues and nurses. The ANA-PAC is the political action arm of the ANA. It serves to endorse candidates for public office and contribute money to their campaigns. The ANA started an economic and general welfare program in 1946. The program exists to assist nurses in the workplace, including collective bargaining. The United Nurses Association is the union organization of the ANA. The ANA works actively on behalf of minorities both as nurses and as patients. After the ANA granted membership to nurses from all minorities in 1950, the National Association for Colored Graduate Nurses disbanded. The ANA also owns the American Journal of Nursing , which is the oldest nursing journal as well as The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing and Nursing Research . Through the American Nurses Foundation, a national philanthropic organization, the foundation provides nursing scholarships and nursing research grants. The ANA provides direct services to members with including online continuing education, access to a group professional liability insurance plan, and group insurance for health, disability, and accident coverage. The ANA has a Bill of Rights for registered nurses, which includes: • Nurses have the right to practice in a manner that fulfills their obligations to society and to those who receive nursing care. • Nurses have the right to practice in environments that allow them to act in accordance with professional standards and legally authorized scopes of practice. • Nurses have the right to a work environment that supports and facilitates ethical practice, in accordance with the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. • Nurses have the right to freely and openly advocate for themselves and their patients, without fear of retribution. • Nurses have the right to fair compensation for their work, consistent with their knowledge, experience, and professional responsibilities. • Nurses have the right to a work environment that is safe for themselves and their patients. • Nurses have the right to negotiate the conditions of their employment, either as individuals or collectively, in all practice settings. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) The AACN was founded in 1969 and was previously named the Conference of Deans of College and University Schools of Nursing. The AACN was formed to assist baccalaureate and higher degree schools of nursing in working cooperatively to improve higher education for professional nursing.