The annual American Nurses Association (ANA)/Organizational Affiliates meeting was held on July 23-25, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel Washington, DC. The ANA organizational affiliates is an organization comprised of various nursing disciplines that hold organizational-level membership in ANA. Working in partnership, ANA and the member organizations share information and collaborate in finding solutions to common nursing issues. In addition, members serve as conduits of information for each specialty organization to the group and inform the ANA on concerns and trends related to professional nursing issues.
ARIN was privileged to be represented at this prestigious event by current President, Mary F. Sousa, and Bruce Boulter, ARIN Executive Director, of Boulter Management Company. As an Organizational Affiliate, the ARIN President is a voting member and represents ARIN affairs at the Membership Assembly. While in meeting, Mary was able to share issues of concern affecting ARIN with members and gain insight into future nursing trends including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2020 impact, Affordable Care Act, Nurse-Lead Care Coordination models. While each organization maintains its own autonomy, we all benefit from opportunities to speak with aligned voices as a result of the collaboration that occurs with ANA and membership affiliates.
ARIN’s pledge of being Visible, Vital and Virtual is in line with the impact its members are having amongst influential organizations relevant to our radiology practice. This year, ARIN committed its President-Elect to attend The Association for Medical Imaging Management’s (AHRA) annual conference in Las Vegas. ARIN’s visibility at the conference offered the opportunity to share with other attendees the vital role of radiology nurses. It was an opportunity to discuss and learn of the latest topics relevant to the radiology environment such as the Joint Commission Standards affecting patient safety, staff engagement, and the patient experience. The opportunity for networking and collaboration strengthened ARIN’s important role in supporting nurses working in the various imaging environments