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History of the Arizona Nurses Association
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In 1919, forty-two graduate nurses of Arizona convened to meet with a representative of the American Nurses Association for the purpose of organizing the Arizona State Nurses Association. One of the main objectives of the association was to raise the standards of nursing and to secure state registration of qualified nurses in Arizona. The initial activities of the founding members focused on establishing a mechanism for registering educated, qualified nurses resulting in the Arizona Nurse Practice Act becoming law on June 9, 1921. The association formally changed its name to the Arizona Nurses Association in 1973.


Many of the issues that were encountered during those first 50 years of AzNA continue to be relevant today. The history of the association is rich will dedicated leadership and we have been able to accomplish many positive changes for nursing professionals and patients in Arizona. To learn more about the history of AzNA, please view the following publications:  

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