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Health care is about more than fighting disease and performing surgery. With an aging population, and with an over-burdened health care system, the power of nursing is needed more than ever. It’s time for the nation to recognize the dedication of our 4 million invaluable registered nurses and the lives they touch.


Our mission

As the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), our vision is to achieve 'a healthy world through the power of nursing’, and this is more relevant today than ever. With the future of health care changing so dramatically, nurses can revolutionize the approach to care for the better. The Foundation pursues this mission through the following:

  • Elevating the Profession of Nursing Globally;
  • Engaging All Nurses to Ensure Professional Success;
  • Evolving the Practice of Nursing to Transform Health and Health Care.

With gifts and grants from generous donors, the Foundation invests in the wellbeing and success of individual nurses while championing the nursing cause throughout the health care system.

Our History

The American Nurses Foundation was founded in 1955 as the research, education, and charitable affiliate of ANA. Since then, it has fought tirelessly to advance the nursing profession through raising funds for advances in research, education, and clinical practice to the benefit of the whole health care system.

The Foundation relies on the continued generosity of its donors to achieve and expand on it mission. Individuals, corporations, government agencies, and private foundations make it possible to for us to undertake potentially life-changing research, support nurses, and improve health care for all.

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Unveiling the ANA Enterprise 2023 Annual Impact Report

2023 was a year of transformational change. From speaking out against threats to human rights and ethical standards to championing improved work environments for over 5 million RNs, witness the empowering journey that has propelled our nation's nurses forward. We're proud to have provided invaluable resources, fostered professional growth, and made a positive impact.

Ready to be inspired? Dive into the uplifting details in our 2023 Annual Impact Report!

2022 Annual Report

ANA Enterprise 2022 Annual Impact Report

In 2022, despite the pandemic’s gradual retreat, nurses were left grappling with residual workplace and environmental challenges. Discover how the ANA Enterprise leveraged its collective strength to critically invest in the mental health and well-being of nursing professionals. Read the ANA Enterprise 2022 Annual Impact Report.

Our vision is a healthy world through the power of nursing


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