The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses has joined the American Nurses Association as an organizational affiliate, bringing the number of ANA partner organizations to 33. AAHFN supports nurses who provide holistic care to people with various heart conditions and diseases. Heart failure nursing care can take place in any inpatient or outpatient setting and addresses the acute or chronic needs of patients and their support systems.
Being an ANA organizational affiliate provides AAHFN with an avenue to stay connected with the nursing community and gives us an opportunity to impact the nursing care of our patients, Peggy Kirkwood, MSN, RN, ACNPC, CHFN, AACC, AAHFN immediate past president, said in a news release. We are proud to represent heart failure nurses in this arena.
AAHFN unites professionals in the support and advancement of heart failure practice, education and research to promote optimal patient outcomes. It is dedicated to advancing nursing education, clinical practice and research with the goal of setting the standards for heart failure nursing care. Through affiliation with ANA, nursing-related organizations advocate independently on issues specific to their expertise while also benefiting from a larger, united presence committed to strengthening the nursing profession as a whole and improving patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction in all care settings.
In addition to the AAHFN, the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare, a national organization that exclusively addresses the needs and concerns of the occupational professional in healthcare, also has joined the ANA.
Establishing deeper connections with specialty nursing organizations such as AOHP and AAHFN strengthens the influence of all nurses as ANA works to achieve mutual goals on behalf of nurses and patients, Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANA immediate past president, in the release. By working together, we enhance the synergy of effort to improve the work environment and the quality of patient care.
ANAs 33 specialty nursing affiliates represent roughly 400,000 registered nurses.