What Nursing Organizations to Join?
- 0Aug 27, '10 by CLC27Hi everyone. I'm a new RN and want to join one of the many nursing organizations out there. I guess I was just wondering what you all belong to and the pros and cons to some of them. Thanks!
- 0Aug 27, '10 by cb_rnANA. Sometimes the political views that ANA has and mine don't mesh but you get discounts on books and other things (like whirlpool appliances and continuing education), a magazine subscription...it is a little pricey.
What field are you in? There's pretty much an association for any specialty you have an interest in. I'd suggest you do a google search on whatever specialty you work in for nursing associations and take a look at their membership benefits on their website.
They often have discounts, scholarships for members, magazines and newsletters
Let us know which one you pick
- 0Aug 27, '10 by classicdame GuideIf your state has an ANA chapter I recommend joining. That way you will find out about legislation in your state pertaining to your career and will be able to network with local nurses. If you have a speciality, like ER medicine, there are associations devoted to types of practice.
- 0Aug 27, '10 by llg GuideI think it depends on your specialty. For most people, the association of nurses in your specialty is the one that will have the most things that are most relevent to your work. Another thing to consider is whether or not there is a local chapter of that organization that is active. They might have local conferences, meetings, etc. that would provide you a way to network with other people in that same specialty -- making contacts that will be useful to you in the future.
Personally, I have always been a member of 3 or 4 organizations -- the ANA, Sigma Theta Tau, and one or two for my specialites.