Wow! It's our 100th BIRTHDAY Celebration!

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Founded in 1912, the Arkansas Nurses Association will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2012. To celebrate this magnificent milestone, we will build our anniversary around “The Year of the Nurse” to celebrate our past, present and our future. Arkansas nurses have spent the past 100 years helping to build a healthier Arkansas population and stronger nursing profession. Through service, education, and advocacy, the Arkansas Nurses Association has continued to grow as the professional organization for all registered nurses. The voice for Arkansas nurses through ARNA has been a strong and proud one, representing the very best in nursing leadership for the benefit of our patients and the profession.

The nursing profession has been recognized for the 12th year as the most trusted profession in America in Gallup’s annual survey which ranks professions based on their honesty and ethical standards. Eighty-four percent of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high.” “The public’s continued trust in nurses is well-placed, and reflects an appreciation for the many ways nurses provide expert care and advocacy,” said the American Nurses Association President Karen A. Daley (Nurses.com, 2011). Arkansas nurses continue to play a significant role within this tradition of trust each and every day, greatly affecting the lives of others.

To commemorate our 2012 centennial anniversary we will kick off our “Year of the Nurse” in January with the Governor’s Proclamation with a personal message to our nurses to show appreciation for their contribution to a healthier Arkansas and a press conference to highlight our year’s activities. Our year will be filled with activities within the districts, media campaigns within the state, and a gala event to conclude our year in December. Please visit www.arna.org or for more information, contact ARNA at arna@arna.org or call 501-244-2363. Join us for the 2012 Year of the Nurse!

Reference: Nurses.com. (2011). Nurses rank as most trusted profession yet again, fromhttp://news.nurse.com/article/20111213/NATIONAL02/112190001/1003

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