Philosophy of the South Dakota Nurses Association (SDNA)

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The South Dakota Nurses Association (SDNA), a constituent of the American Nurses Association, is a voluntary professional organization which provides equal opportunity for all Registered Nurses to promote nursing and to advance health care for all South Dakotans. Individual members participate through district and statewide activities to promote the profession of nursing.

SDNA is committed to meet societal needs through contemporary nursing practice. This commitment is realized through allegiance to the ANA Code of Ethics and implementation of the ANA Standards of Nursing Practice. This association believes in the fundamental right of all persons to quality health care. The dynamic profession of nursing significantly impacts the health care delivery system through promotion of health, prevention of illness, and alleviation of suffering. Nursing care is provided to all people throughout the life cycle at any point on the health-illness continuum and in any setting. Nursing is a valuable component in all dimensions of health care. Nursing is practiced independently as well as collaboratively with other health disciplines. Nurses are individually accountable to the public for their competence.

The South Dakota Nurses Association brings together a community of peers strengthening a mutual effort to attain high standards of nursing practice. Democratically self governed, the Association is the forum for open dialogue and policy formulation. SDNA clarifies and advocates the role of nursing to consumers and colleagues. SDNA is the voice for the profession, speaking collectively for nursing in public and political arenas for the common good.