If you are a member of the ANA...

  1. I joined the ENA because I wanted to be somehow active in nursing but am still figuring out if the ENA has something I can be active in.
    I am looking into also joining the ANA but $200 is a lot of $ to spend for a membership right now...if you are a member of the ANA, what has it done for you? Are there ways to be active?
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Absolutely not. The ANA doesn't represent all or even most nurses. They represent their special interests. Those aren't MY interests.

    If their memberships were free, I wouldn't be a member.

    I'm a member of the Amer Assoc of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

  4. by   DeLana_RN
    I was a member for 8 years and then cancelled (a) for financial reasons, and (b) because I felt they really weren't doing anything for me.

    Even the journal is sent to members and non-members alike!

    I might reconsider in the future.


    P.S. I will rejoin my specialty organization, ANNA - American Nephrology Nurses Association, now that I'm working in dialysis again. Among other things, they puplish a very useful clinical journal.
    Last edit by DeLana_RN on Feb 3, '07
  5. by   PANurseRN1
    I was, but got tired of paying several hundred dollars a year to be insulted since my education is deemed inferior to them (just a puny diploma grad). I get more out of membership from specialty organizations.

    The ANA has lately been so focused on advanced practice nurses that the little guy at the bedside is almost irrelevant.

    I am a member of the CNA (California Nurses' Association); I'm hoping they can make some inroads in PA.