Julie: Couldn't have stated it any better.
Zee, since you live in PA, check out: www.psna.org
I'm copying info from the PSNA website. Membership application can be obtained there http://www.psna.org/membership/memben.htm.
Just received the latest membership packets to be given out at our Millennium Nurses MArch, Mary 5th, 2001 in Phila and will be glad to send you one, if you e-mail me your address.
When one joins ANA, you are also joining your state association and local district. Since you live in Pittsburgh, you would be in District 6 for Allegheny and surrounding counties with full dues costing $300.00/year and reduced option dues costing $145.00/year.
Why join ANA/PSNA??
25 Reasons to Join PSNA...
Advocacy, Benefits, Convenience, Data, Practice, Friendship, Discounts, Happenings, Ideas, Know-How, Leadership, Management, Networking, Observation, Publications, Professional Development, Lobbying, Quality, Recommendations, Travel, Trends, Unity, Vision, Youth, One Voice
Cutting edge information on nursing practice, education, legislation and quality health care:
Free subscriptions to The Pennsylvania Nurse and The American Nurse .
Free subscription to the American Journal of Nursing.
Free access to the Legislative Bulletin.
Access to our free ListServ Alert E-mail Service.
Access to the consistently updated PSNA website, 24 hours a day,
Professional development including discounts on continuing education programs.
Substantial discount on ANCC certification.
Free access to experts for consultation on your own or industry-wide practice issues.
Free professional and educational counseling.
A Unified Voice:
In major stockholder's groups addressing regulations relevant to health care.
Lobbyist representing your concerns at the state capitol.
Working relationship with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
On-going contact with Pennsylvania legislators on nursing issues.
National representation through the American Nurses Association.
Workplace advocacy efforts to support nurses in being able to provide quality health care in a safe environment.
Liability protection and legal representation coverage up to $2,000,000 per incident/$4,000,000 per year.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Council.
Council on Nursing Ethics.
Conferences and seminars.
Association committees and commissions as well as informal discussion groups.
Opportunities to get involved at the state and national levels.
Life and health insurance
Retirement saving programs
Credit union membership
Hotel/motel and other travel discounts
Personal line of credit
Long distance phone service
A VIATICUS settlement program
MBNA Financial Programs:
A solid savings and investment plan is founded on the principles of diversity, security and performance. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is pleased to provide deposit accounts through MBNA America Bank N.A. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association CD has consistently ranked among the best nationwide. And, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Money Market has outperformed most money funds as well as other bank money market and savings accounts year after year. Additionally, these accounts come with FDIC insurance up to $100,000 per depositor.
Insurance at affordable group rates-further info at the Web site.
How have I personally benefited?
a. By meeting and interacting with a district board member who owned a Home care and Nursing staffing agency, I obtained my first position in a home health agency.
b.I was able to consult with the PSNA practice advisor on a clinical issue, at no charge.
c.Involvement in letter writing campaign to our state legislators helped to kill bill re licensing of registered care technicians.
Similar letter writing campaign, helped CRNP's earn prescriptive privleges in PA just last year.
d. Attendance at PSNA sponsored programs have helped keep me current in my current practice and helped make me aware of trends deveoping across PA and the U.S.
e. This past month, I was asked to co-chair my homecare agency's safety committee and be responsible for the subcommittee on needlestick safety and sharps injury reducation. After attending last years PSNA convention and attending the CEU session on
needlestick safety, I had a wealth of information at my fingerstips and knew were to go on the web to obtain the most current OSHA/government regulations to bring my agency up to current standards and by doing so will be protecting the health of my clients and colleagues.
f. Anyone can visit the PSNA website, but my membership allows me accesss to the PSNA listserve for timely e-mails re hot topics and by signing up for the Legislative bulletin e-mail, I receive the news 5 days sooner and can dash off a note to my legislators, fellow nurses and share the news with other professional nursing organizations.
g. Laugh with and learn from other members during meetings. Even changing my opinions on some matters after hearing and reflecting on others viewpoints.
I think that's a lot for the dues I pay.
Hope you will consider joining.