In November 2012, Articles of Incorporation were filed for the establishment of the American Nurses Association – New York (ANA-New York). The New York nurses who participated in this filing were Robert Piemonte, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, Donna L. Florkiewicz, RN, CCRN-CMC, CSC, and Karen A. Ballard, MA, RN, FAAN.
Later in November 2012, Interim President Winifred Kennedy, MN, RN, PMH-CNS, BC, on behalf of a volunteer Interim Board of Directors for this fledging association, delivered a letter to ANA President Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN requesting recognition as the official constituent state member of the American Nurses Association.
The letter stated:
This letter is to inform you and the ANA Board of Directors that a group of registered professional nurses in New York has formed to create a new nursing association that can serve as a professional association for nurses in the state, who want to be affiliated with the American Nurses Association. This is a dynamic and committed group of professional nurses who will work relentlessly on behalf of the profession, nurses and those entrusted to our care.
We have formed an Interim Board of Directors to facilitate the formation of a new nursing organization, filed Articles of Incorporation, and established initial Bylaws. It is our pleasure to request recognition by the American Nurses Association as ANA-New York, the official ANA affiliate in the State of New York.
This recognition was approved by the ANA Board of Directors and on December 3, 2012, ANA-NY officially "opened for business" – so, on this past December 3rd, ANA-NY celebrated its "First Birthday"
ANA-NY will always be grateful for the work of its Interim Board of Directors that incorporated the association, wrote bylaws, established committees, and conducted an election for ANA-NY's first elected Board.
The members of the Interim Board were:
Winifred Z. Kennedy, MN, RN, PMH-CNS, BC
Robert Piemonte, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN
Karen A. Ballard, MA, RN, FAAN
Donna L. Florkiewicz, RN, CCRN-CMC, CSC
Mary X. Britten, EdD, RN; Dianne Cooney Minor, PhD, RN, CNS; David M. Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Elisa A. Mancuso, MS-FNS, RNC-NIC; Cecilia F. Mulvey, PhD, RN; Susan A. Read, MS, RN; Martha Williams, MS, RN, NEA-BC; Ann Tahaney, RN
ANA-New York has 1740 members! This is a fantastic growth rate for a new organization. So, let's all celebrate by getting one new member for each of us – this would double our membership!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY and NEW YEAR ANA-NEW YORK!