I'm a new grad RN that just started my first nursing position. I've heard about the importance of signing up with nursing organizations at the state and federal level throughout nursing school in order to support nursing legislative issues. I get that I'm a brand spanking new, wet behind the ears nurse and should probably learn my job functions before prancing to Washington DC. So what I am wondering is how many of you are members of the ANA, are you also a member of your state nursing association, and what about specialty associations? How long after nursing school did you sign up for these associations? From your experience do you feel that these associations serve a meaningful purpose?