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NUR 1018 – Foundations of Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan

Important Healthcare Organizations

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.6 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. 

Other Important Healthcare Organizations:

Healthcare Drug Companies


The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project addresses the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work.

The website is a central repository of information on the QSEN competencies.

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Health Literacy

Health literacy, according to, is the extent to which people can understand, process, and access the basic health information and services they need to be able to make informed health decisions.  

One of your assignments in NUR 1014 asks you to assess the literacy level of your writing and make sure it can be understood by the average health consumer.