Do you belong to a professional nursing organization? - page 2

I'm a 1st year RN student. We have an assignment pertaining to the benefits of participating in a professional nursing organization for a nurse individually, as well as the nursing profession in... Read More

  1. by   JustMe
    I belong to several organizations: American Nurses Association, the Calif. ANA affiliate ANA\C, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the California Nurses Association. I believe having ANA in Washington, DC helps with legislation regarding the professional practice of nursing. Also, in the 1996 presidential election, ANA was the 3rd largest health care political contributor--only the AMA and the Dental Association gave more money. ANA gave more than even the Hospital Association. Clout? You Bet! I belong to AACN because I get on-line CE real cheap and get great advice about practice concerns. I also have a CCRN certification through AACN. I belong to CNA because it is required where I work, but I also look at it as a necessary evil, like paying my malpractice insurance. Insurance against wrongful termination.
  2. by   donmurray
    Another RCN member, and coincidentally a celt! The College has many specialist forums for different disciplines, and is a member of the International Council of Nurses.
  3. by   -jt
    As an ICU RN, I'm a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for the specialty info & to keep up to date in it.

    I'm an involved member of the American Nurses Association as well, because I believe staff RNs must be in there to make their voices heard in Washington DC & guide legislation that affects our jobs, profession, and practice.

    I'm an involved member of the New York State Nurses Association for the same reasons on the state level. (The membership fees to the state association pays my membership in the ANA).

    In addition to being the state professional association for nurses, the NYSNA is also the labor union where I work and I consider that to be very important because it affords us the ability to determine the conditions of our employment and keeps the focus on the RNs professional needs at work (like the importance of not floating to unfamiliar areas, having safe staffing levels, compensation for education, experience, etc).

    I have a license in CA too but have not joined any organizations there as Im not there that often. But I do keep updated on what is happening with nurses & nursing in that state.
    Last edit by -jt on Feb 19, '02
  4. by   traumaRUs
    I belong to ENA and get loads of info from them.
  5. by   nightingale
    I recently joined ANA. I feel strongly that we need to have a collective voice to represent us for our (Nursing) interest and to better care for our communitites.

    I plan to take my specialty board certification with the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) an affiliate of ANA. I get a discounted rate by being an ANA member. I also get discounted materials for preparing for the test by being an ANA member.
    Other posters have discussed the information provided to the ANA members.

    I entend to become more aware and active through the ANA membership. I will be attending my first State Nurses Association Legislative meeting this week. It is my intention to network and gain knowledge by participting in this event in the new part of the country I have recently claimed as my home. I have been a participant of ANA State activities through school (RN to BSN completion program) projects.

    National Nurses Business Association is also another organization that I have recently joined. We network and have avaliable individual websites through the association. It is my intention to self contract through the hospital and other entrpeneural opportunities.

    Good luck to you!
  6. by   RNforLongTime
    I belong to the ANA, the ONA(Ohio Nurses Assoc.) and just recently joined the AACN(American Association of Critical Care Nurses). I believe that membership is vital. Expensive yes but worth it.
  7. by   markdanurse
    Let me see... No. I do not belong to any nurse's association and I never will. I do not get any more money for being certified. I do not get any more professional respect. It will not help me to get a better job in Arizona. There are too many organizations and that makes us weak. You see, the docs belong to the AMA, and it is huge, powerful, and get these people everything they want There are colleges that physicians belong to for board certifications, but every doc knows that membership in the AMA is most important. Nurses should belong to the ANA, and the ANA should be tough and nurses should be tough to get what they want. This will never happen because as long as we have nurses who go into the profession because of the "family-life hours", or becuase they "don't have to work full time and accept lesser pay because my husband works", and the chronic "let's stab each other in the back mentality", nursing will never get what it wants or needs. Try starting a union, then you'll see what I mean.
  8. by   nightingale

    Why not join the ANA.. get involved... and spend that wonderful energy in empowering "us"....

  9. by   ERNurse752
    I just joined the ENA, so haven't even heard back from them yet.

    I also belong to the Central Indiana chapter of the AACN.

    I plan on joining the national chapter of AACN, and I'd like to join the ANA and INA (Indiana), but it's expensive!!!!!!!!!
  10. by   nightingale

    Yes, I understand... The ANA does have an offering of monthly deductions.... that helps... please consider joining and empowering "us"...