Do you belong to a professional nursing organization?

  1. I'm a 1st year RN student. We have an assignment pertaining to the benefits of participating in a professional nursing organization for a nurse individually, as well as the nursing profession in general.

    I am just trying to see if I have overlooked anything.

    Your time and opinion is very much appreciated.
    Thanks and Have a great day!
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   CelticNurse
    Probably won't be of any benefit to you, but I am a member of the Royal College Of Nursing, arguably the largest nursing organization and combined union in the UK.

    It has many benefits but the largest selling point is the comprehensive indemnity insurance cover.

    For all of us who subscribe to the 'underwear school of medical provision': Keep your ass covered!
  4. by   P_RN
    I did belong to several. Can't afford it anymore. No money.

    No point in talking about things without DOING something about them.

    PS: I just realized I bet they don't even MISS me! j/k I talk enough for two people when I am on a campaign or on a rant.
  5. by   Teshiee
    I have been a RN for 2 years I belong to 2.

    1. ICANN Inland Counties Association Neonatal Nurses

    2. ANN The Academy of Neonatal Nursing


    They are great I want to join nann but it is so expensive You can go online and find dozens and dozens of nursing organizations.:chuckle
  6. by   wrightgd
    I am a member of the SC AOHN and the national AAOHN... (American Association of Occupational Health Nurses)... Among the benefits... great educational opportunities, networking at the conferences, the website offers a forum similar to this one, and registered members can search the database of members (again, great for networking), newsletters as well as a professional journal of research.... etc, etc, ad nauseum

    Hope this helps,
    George
  7. by   sgavette
    I belong to the ENA (Emergency Nurses Association). Some of the benefits include: advanced education, practice education, govermental affairs, injury prevention, management, wellness, research, and educational scholarshipsl.
  8. by   Teshiee
    Hi Tapper I was surfing the net and found a site that might interest you it has listings of major nursing organizations

    http://springnet.com/non.htm

    I hope find something there :-)
  9. by   tapper
    I spoke to three nurses, an NP; a physician's nurse and a manager, at the clinic where I work about this subject. The one thing that all three mentioned was networking; but not networking, for their benefit, as I have always considered. They spoke of networking in being able to provide better care for our patients by. Just found that interesting. Thanks for ya'lls responses.
  10. by   prmenrs
    I belong to NANN, and when I can aford the dues, Sigma Theta Tau. Also, CNA--can't for get them.

    Teeshie--are you going the California Chapters of Neonatal Nurses Conf. March 4th and 5th? If so, hope to see you.
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    benefits of participating in a professional nursing organization for the nursing profession

    understand the history of the nursing profession...how some of the same conditions and attitudes we've see today have occured throught the years and the need for the constant fight to maintain the profession of nursing...

    see the american nurses association: centennial story

    "composed of professional nurses dedicated to the promotion of health and the care of the sick, has served as the forum in which the nation's critical health issues have been discussed throughout the last century.
    functioning as a democracy, the ana provided the structure in which views were expressed, ideas were debated and evaluated, and positions and goals were formulated. because it represented the views of administrators, clinical practitioners in institutions and community agencies, educators, and researchers, it has served for 100 years as the public voice for the diversity of america's professional nurses"
    http://www.nursingworld.org/centenn/index.htm


    american nurses association:
    http://www.nursingworld.org/about/

    *member benefits: http://www.nursingworld.org/member2.htm

    *what has ana done for me lately? http://www.nursingworld.org/about/lately/ceohome.htm

    learn about all the different avenues for nurses:
    what can you do with a nursing degree?
    http://www.tobeanurse.com/degree.html


    benefits of participating in a professional nursing organization for a nurse individually
    1. keeping abreast of the trends in nursing both locally and nationally.
    2. networking with colleagues.
    3. protecting my right to practice nursing and alerting me to threats against my right to practice e.g. legislation introduced.
    4. attendance at ceu sessions stimulates my brain cells, gives me a time away from work to decompress, recharge the batteries and to see that others are in the same boat (or maybe worse) work situations.
    5. be challenged in my thinking...brainstorming allows me to consider new views on a subject. learn to debate subjects.
    6contribuite my expertise on a subject matter
    7. renew acquaintences.
    8. learn that nursing is an ever evolving profession.
    9. make friends...travel to new places and try different restaurants.
    10. share fun times!
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 6, '02
  12. by   betts
    National Association Directors of Nursing Administration / Long Term Care > NADONA/FADONA Florida Chapter
    Mission Statement:

    It is the charter of this association to promulgate and foster a network of Directors of Nursing and Assistant Directors of Nursing in long term care.

    To that end, this association endeavors to provide education, communication and service to the members it serves.

    Through the NADONA/LTC Code of Ethics, Constitution and Charter, this association will support and promote quality of care for those individuals receiving long term care, and concern for those delivering long term care.

    NAPAC > National Association of Post-Acute Care
    Last edit by betts on Feb 18, '02
  13. by   radnurse2001
    I have been a nurse for 12 years and I belong to the American Radiology Nurses Association. I find it very valuable for advice and venting. As well as helping me to be up to date on procedures done in other parts of the country.
  14. by   nehi
    As a founder of a nursing organization I believe from all my research, that networking,education and gaining new friends top the list for joining.

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