5 of the 7 in my family are in college so I just cannot afford to join anything extra. We go check to check LOL.
Jan 26, '03
Thanks, Renerian. I totally understand. I was just curious. Being a new nurse, I've started giving this some thought. Personally, I think the dues are alittle prohibitive. But maybe I'm a tightwad. During school, our instructors all encouraged us to join a professional organization. They never push any particular one.
Jan 27, '03
My advice is to attend a continuing education program given by your specialty association and state nurses association. Write, phone, or e- mail a question or for information.
Check their web site too.
I am a member of the California Nurses Association (CNA) www.calnurse.org
and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). www.aacn.org
Feb 9, '03
Feb 9, '03
I am a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) through the Wyoming Association. I became Board Certified in my specialty (Medical / Surgical) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center a division of the ANA.
I am also a member of the National Nurses in Business Association ( NNBA).
Both keep me updated with newsletters and have optional education material (some are free some are not).
As challenging as nursing is, I have felt that being involved in organizations help me to stay focused on why I became a nurse. I can reach out for information or support within these organizations (and yes, here on the board).
All fees are tax deductable, participation keeps me positive, and helps me to grow.
Feb 11, '03
Just one: ACRP (Association of Clinical Research Professionals)
Feb 12, '03
Michigan nurses association, largely because the place I work is unionized and they are our bargaining agent. Really like belonging, lots of info, but agree, if it didn't come out of my check as union dues, probably couldn't afford it...... also, tends to be a little management slanted, big hoo-ha at the annual convention in October over that.
Feb 13, '03
I'm a member of two related to my specialty. I love their journals, yearly conventions, CEUs and many other perks. Truly helps keep me up to date with NICU nursing.
I'm also looking into the American Holistic Nurses Association because I deeply support their philosophy. I've always wanted to join the ANA through my state organization but working nights made it all but impossible to attend the meetings and be awake to do things related to their efforts. Hopefully I can work part time and then be able to do this. I believe I remember a nursing instructor telling us that nurses are the largest group of workers in the United States, and that if we could all get together (basically through the ANA) we could really get a lot of things done through the ANA's lobbying in Washington, etc. I still find that thought exciting!
Feb 17, '03
l'm a member of the ANF, Australian Nursing Federation and the Australian Royal College of Nursing.
Feb 25, '03
I am a member of WVSNA and NSNA and when I graduate in May I will join the WVNA / ANA. Being a member of an association means that nurses have a voice. One person sitting in the break room griping is not a voice and nothing gets done, but put 23,000 together and you will be heard at the legislative level.
Feb 25, '03
ANA, PSNA (Pennsylvania State Nurses Assoc.)
Feb 26, '03
I was a member of the Ohio Nurses Association and the ANA because I worked at a Union hospital represented by the ONA. I no longer work at that facility so my membership has been dropped. It's too expensive.
I am now a member of the AACN, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.