American Nurses Association.. credibile or not? (post 3)

The website I will be analyzing is The American Nurses Association or ANA, started as a convention the first being held in 1896, and later became an actual association named the American Nurses Association, committing a full website strictly for nurses. An article that was posted on their website titled “ANA Adamantly Opposes Graham-Cassidy Proposal” was published on September 22, 2017. Throughout the article, the ANA explains its firm opposing stance on the Graham-Cassidy proposal, the new healthcare bill that is supposed to replace Obamacare that will mainly benefit most Republican states and its people. The ANA talks about the principles that the bill does not coincide with. Some principles included protecting Americans against being denied insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions and be able to provide access to minimum standard of benefits like preventive services and screenings, to maternity services. It did not specify that they wrote this article, but Veronica Byrd, and Rachel Farbman are put up as contacts for the news release article. As I researched, Rachel Farbman is the Public Relations Specialist at ANA and Veronica Byrd as the Director of Communications and Public Relations. Along with its rich history and many connections, I can conclude that the American Nurses Association is a very credible source.

The ANA website shows credibility mainly through its history. The American Academy of Nursing (AAN), who is known through their advancing health policy, organizational excellence and its outstanding contributions to in nursing education, is an affiliate of the ANA. Its other affiliates include the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). All affiliates promote the research in nursing education and work towards achieving practice excellence. Since there are a lot of foundations and academies that support the ANA, it increases its level of credibility. Also, the ANA only allows individuals or organizations who have member or affiliated status. Constituent and state nurses also make up the ANA House of Delegates and they are appointed according to each state’s membership count. Along with specific people who are connected with the ANA, the site also prides itself on being an exclusive organization which only nurses can join. Having exclusivity keeps outsiders who do not have the same career background from being able to post content that may or may not be credible which can affect the overall purpose of the website.

When we keep scrolling down the FAQ page (where I also got the information in the previous paragraph from), we can see headings like “Definition of Nursing”, “General Nursing Information”, “Nursing as a Career”, and “Accreditation, Certification, and Credentials”. As a website specifically for nurses, being informational can also build credibility. They give a glimpse of what the nursing world is about. They also have a magnet program that the American Nurses Credentialing Center developed, providing “a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies. The prime purpose of the Magnet program is a credential of organizational recognition of nursing excellence. There is also a section for licensure, and how to take care of your license and renew it before it expires along with workplace health and safety, code of ethics for nurses, and publications.

With all these resources, it seems impossible to have any doubts about the credibility of the ANA. The site has full of information all about being a nurse, workplace safety, licensures, and so much more. It’s rich history, and information on all things we would want to know about nurses, the American Nurses Association is a very credible site along with easily accessible links.

Works Cited:

“American Nurses Association Adamantly Opposes Graham-Cassidy Proposal.” American Nurses Association , American Nurses Association, 22 Sept. 2017,