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ANA Revises Two of Its Foundational Nursing Publications


In its role as the professional organization for all 3.1 – 3.6 million registered nurses in the United States, ANA is the author and custodian of three foundational nursing documents: The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2001), Nursing’s Social Policy Statement, Second Edition (2003), and Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2004).

In 2008, ANA convened a workgroup of expertnurses to review and revise Nursing’s Social Policy Statement, Second Edition (2003). ANA is committed to formally reviewing this document at least every five years to ensure the document’s currency and relevance. The new work changed the title of the work to Nursing’s Social Policy Statement: The Essence of the Profession. Within the revised book, the definition of nursing from 2003 remains unchanged, but additional content briefly explains scope and standards of practice, regulation, nursing’s social contract, and the nursing process as a framework for practice. This work builds heavily on the content of the original Nursing: A Social Policy Statement (1980).

ANA created a larger workgroup in 2009 for similar work focused on the review and revision of Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2004), again necessitated by the five-year commitment to currency and relevance. This second edition includes a new scope of practice statement accompanied by the standards of professional nursing practice. The standards of professional nursing practice include competencies that are considered applicable to all registered nurses, including advanced practice registered nurses, in all roles and settings. The standards of professional nursing practice are presented as the standards of practice that address each step of the nursing process and the standards of professional performance that describe expectations related to professional practice. The standards of professional performance address topics such as ethics, education, evidence-based practice and research, resource utilization, and environmental health.

The two revised publications complement each other and have been packaged together with ANA’s Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses: Interpretation and Application (2008) in ANA’s Foundation of Nursing 2010. The 200-page guide contains the full text of the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, and further expands on each of the interpretive statements found in the Code. Since 2004, when the original work was created, the Foundation of Nursing Package (NOTE: Should package be capitalized?)has been incorporated into the curriculums of more than 500 nursing schools in the United States.

As an added feature, starting this summer, all of the above mentioned publications will be available as e-books. ANA members attending the House of Delegates meeting in Washington, DC, this June will be among the first to view the electronic versions of these two newly revised publications. The print version of Nursing’s Social Policy Statement will be available for purchase at that time. The print version of Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition will not be available until late August.

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