I've been planning to join the ANA for some time now and recently contacted my state nurses' association for information. Was a little surprised to learn that the nurses' association in the state in which I reside is no longer affiliated with the ANA but is affiliated, instead, with National Nurses United. I'm all for unionization but am a bit concerned that an organization that focuses primarily on unionization might not be the best fit for someone who is planning on an academic career. Currently I am not working but am attending graduate school full-time. Now, the state nurses' association in the state in which I attend school is still affiliated with the ANA. (I live in a community along the border and am licensed in both the state in which I reside as well as the state in which I attend grad school.) Although both organizations offer reduced memberships for full-time students, I don't think I could afford to join both. I do realize that I could join the nurses' association in the state in which I reside and join the ANA at the national level, but am not sure if that's being redundant.Any thoughts re: ANA vs. NNU, particularly from those in academia?