Turkish Nurses Association, a non-governmental organization which aims to ensure that nursing is an autonomous profession that serves the community and delivers a highly-skilled, trustworthy service. It has received regular support from the
Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKV) since 2005. The association was represented in the Nursing Committee, which was created within the VKV in late 1974 to manage the Nursing Fund.
In August 1933, the Community of Turkish Nurses was founded in Istanbul by voluntary nurses; Esma Deniz, who graduated among the second wave of graduates from the Admiral Bristol Nursing School (1924), was appointed as chair. The community underwent a reorganization in July 1943 and was renamed the Turkish Nurses Association. In June 1949, it became a member of the International Council of Nurses. The association’s headquarters, which were based in Istanbul from 1933 to 1973, moved to Ankara in March 1973. Today, the association has 17 branches.
In addition to the association’s own publications, it has also published a series of handbooks in collaboration with the VKV.