Professional nursing organizations are designed for the patient’s safety and quality care as well as ensuring nurses are competent and safe to perform quality and safe patient care (Helbig, 2018). For example, (ANA) American Nurse Association is a professional organization with goals of improving health care and setting standards for nursing practice improving the nursing profession and supporting nurses (ANA, n.d.c). Another is the (NCSBN) National Council of State Boards of Nursing which was created to protect the public from incompetent nurses and require knowledge, skill, and independent decision making in order to be licensed as an RN. There are also others like the (IOM) Institute of Medicine which protects and informs the public and focuses on suggestions to improve health care (Helbig, 2018), and the (TJC) The Joint Commission which is an organization that identifies issues of patient safety within health care organizations and then designs a plan to correct the issues (The Joint Commission [TJC], 2017). All of these organizations advocate for patients and their safety while creating standards of practice for the nursing profession and push for change within the health care system while giving suggestions of how to give safe quality care to patients.
I am thankful for these organizations and what they are doing for us as nurses and for the patients we care for. This allows best safe practice and gives guidelines to follow to ensure competent nurses give safe quality care.