Advocating excellence and creating opportunities for nurse attorneys.
The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) provides resources, education and leadership to its members and the healthcare and legal communities.
- To promote and enhance TAANA and the profession of the nurse attorney
- To provide educational programs, products and services to members, chapters and the public
- To facilitate communication, collaboration and leadership among members
- To serve as a resource for the healthcare and legal communities
Who Are TAANA Members?
TAANA members practice in private law practice, in academia, as litigators and defense attorneys, as legal counsel for healthcare entities, and in health care compliance among other settings.
Please check out the Resources, Events, Jobs, Foundation, and Chapters tabs on this website to find out about all of the wonderful and exciting ventures, products, Listservs, events and resources available to TAANA members!
TAANA membership is strong and growing! We hope that you will consider being a part of this outstanding association!
Annals of TAANA
In 1977, the late Cynthia E. Northrop, then an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, took the first steps toward creating what is now The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA). Ms. Northrop placed notices in various publications requesting the nurse attorneys or nurses in law school identify themselves. At about the same time, other nurse attorneys in San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City undertook similar efforts.
Early activities focused on identifying and communicating with each other. Meetings were held in various metropolitan areas where interested nurse attorneys were clustered, and a network evolved among those groups.
On August 30, 1982, the group incorporated in the District of Columbia as The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, Inc. That November, over 60 nurse attorneys and students attended the first national meeting in Washington, DC. At that meeting, the membership elected the first board of directors, and the board subsequently elected the first officers. The first newsletter was published in July 1983, and the first TAANA Membership Directory was compiled and distributed. TAANA established an office in Baltimore in 1984. In 2002 they moved their National Office to Columbus, Ohio.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall be the governing body of TAANA. The Board of Directors shall have supervision, control and direction of the affairs of TAANA, shall determine its policies or changes therein within the limits of these Bylaws, shall actively prosecute its purposes and shall have discretion in the disbursement of its funds. The Board may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as shall be deemed advisable, may issue position statements on substantive issues which have present and future impact on TAANA members, and may, in the execution of the powers granted, appoint such agents as it may consider necessary. The Board may delegate certain of its authority and responsibility to the Executive Committee.The number of Directors shall be twelve (12) Active Members, but in order to accommodate a range of circumstances that may arise from time to time, the number of Directors should not be less than six (6) nor more than fourteen (14) Active Members. The following link takes you to our current leadership roster:
Board of Directors & Officers
Sections & Committees
TAANA AwardsTAANA possesses a wonderful tradition of recognizing outstanding achievement amongst its members and the related community. Each year at its Annual Meeting & Educational Conference, TAANA and TAANAF present its awards program. Click below to see the list of TAANA awards and recipients and the Foundation page to learn more about the TAANA Foundation awards.
TAANA Awards: Click Here
Please find the current TAANA Bylaws governing the society and its leadership by clicking the following link:
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