The Georgia Association for Nursing Education, Inc. has had a long and rich history. The Georgia Association for Nursing Education, Inc. originally began as The Georgia State League for Nursing in 1927. A group of nurse educators within the state joined forces to establish the organization. Their original purpose was to help assure consistency in the quality of curricula among nursing programs in the state. The Georgia State League for Nursing was incorporated on October 31, 1958 under the leadership of president Dorothy Buffington. In 1977, under the leadership of president Marlene P. Mitchell, the organization became a constituent league of the National League for Nursing and changed its name to The Georgia League for Nursing. In November of 2003, the membership determined that a non-affiliated organization would draw a wider representation in the state. The vote was made to disaffiliate from NLN and become independent without affiliation to any national organization. In September 2004, the Georgia Association for Nursing Education was granted its new corporate status from the State of Georgia. In January of 2005, GANE was recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The purpose of the Georgia Association for Nursing Education is to promote excellence in nursing education within the state of Georgia. This purpose is carried out through its functions that include:
1. Assess the needs of Georgia nurse educators and nurses.
2. Initiate, stimulate and support nursing education at clinical and academic levels, both formally and informally, thereby addressing the healthcare needs of Georgia’s citizenry.
3. Participate in and promote nursing research at the local and state level that is designed to address nursing education and healthcare needs
4. Collaborate with nursing and other professional groups to positively influence nursing education, nursing regulation and healthcare delivery.