2011 Annual Report

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The past year has been a time of rebuilding and growth for the American Nurses Foundation (ANF). ANF is the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA).

As a result, we are well positioned to ensure that:

» every dollar donated had the greatest impact; 
» ANA has the strongest charitable organization to support its best initiatives; and 
» the Foundation is a vibrant philanthropic resource to advance nursing.

We encourage you to explore here our key accomplishments and stories from the year...

During 2011 and into 2012, we expanded the Foundation’s board to include health care executives and philanthropists. We engaged in a year-long conversation with a diverse group of stakeholders -- ANA members, donors, health care leaders, policy makers, and patients – to assess and renew our mission. Through these dialogues, we expanded our mission: “Transforming the nation’s health through the power of nursing.”

Additionally, we created a plan to better link people who care about nursing and understand nurses’ essential role in achieving better health care to the Foundation and its projects. Amidst this activity, ANF continued its distinguished tradition of supporting the highest caliber nursing research and helping nurses in times of disaster.

One scholar whose work exemplifies how nursing research can impact patients and nurses is Tanyka Smith, a doctoral student at New York University. Her work has focused on HIV prevention in African-American women. It will help nurses and other providers understand how gender power dynamics and attitudes, beliefs, and other theoretical constructs influence the complexities of health care interventions for HIV risk among older African-American women.

The Foundation’s programs depend upon the investment of donors -- individuals, foundations, and corporations. One donor is the Stryker Medical Corporation a global leader in medical technology and a company dedicated to caring for the caregiver. Commenting on the company’s support of the Margaretta Madden Styles Credentialing Research Fund, Stryker Medical’s President, Brad Saar, said, “We support organizations that have equally high aspirations as that of Stryker and we are committed to excellence in clinical care and the difference nurses make to that care.” Read about the work of recent Styles Fund scholars and Stryker Medical’s investment in quality care and nursing excellence.

We hope you will take time to learn more what we have done and our current initiatives. To stay informed about all of the wonderful developments at ANF, please take a moment to sign up to receive our new e-mail update.


Joyce Fitzpatrick

Margarete Zalon