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List of Nursing Associations – Connect with a Community of Nurses

Nursing Associations

Networking is an essential component of finding the best jobs. One of the best opportunities to network is by joining professional nursing associations. Nursing associations advocate on behalf of the nursing profession. Nursing associations also provide a variety of additional benefits to their members. Below is a comprehensive list of nursing associations.

Nursing Associations by Specialty

American Nursing Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

On January 1, 2013, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (founded in 1985) and the American College of Nurse Practitioners (founded in 1995) came together to form the American Association of Nurse Practitioners™ (AANP), the largest full-service national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties.

American Academy of Nursing

The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Every day across America, the Academy, and its members create and execute knowledge-driving and policy-related initiates to drive reform of America’s health system.

American Association of Diabetes Educators

AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management and support. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners working with people who have, are affected by or are at risk for diabetes.

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants

Founded in 1989, the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the professional enhancement and growth of registered nurses practicing in the specialty of legal nurse consulting and to advance the nursing specialty. AALNC is the preeminent resource for professionals with an interest in the legal nurse consulting arena including novice and veteran legal nurse consultants. AALNC provides networking opportunities, educational advancement, professional development and supports certification through the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB).

American Association of Managed Care Nurses

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses is a family of RNs, LPNs, NPs, and nursing students. Our members range from nurses aspiring to understand their role within managed care nursing to nurses who have been working within the industry for years. We provide you with the education and resources you need to stay current.

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses

The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) is committed to working for the highest standard of care for neuroscience patients by advancing the science and practice of neuroscience nursing.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) is the professional association of licensed nurses engaged in the practice of occupation and environmental health nursing. AAOHN serves nearly 5,000 members located across the United States, US Territories and the World, with our international membership. AAOHN is comprised of 120 chapter organizations that are incorporated agencies under their state regulations. Each chapter has its own by-laws and officers, but follows guidance from AAOHN, nationally.

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) is the leading nursing organization responding to HIV/AIDS. Since its founding in 1987, ANAC has been meeting the needs of nurses in HIV/AIDS care, research, prevention and policy. ANAC is made up of more than 40 chapters located around the world. It comprises a dedicated group of nurses, healthcare professionals and others from around the world who are committed to HIV/AIDS nursing. These affiliate members include social workers, pharmacists, physician assistants, lawyers and doctors; i.e. anyone involved in the care and support of people with HIV and/or AIDS.

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

By 1974, the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) was formed by Susan Novak with support from Lutheran General Hospital located in Park Ridge, Illinois, and nursing, which had always been involved in rehabilitation, formally became recognized as a rehabilitation specialty. ARN was formally recognized as a specialty nursing organization by the American Nurses Association in 1976. The CRRN certification program is now administered by the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB), an autonomous component of ARN. The CRRN program is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties.

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that promotes the health of women and newborns. Our mission is to improve and promote the health of women and newborns and to strengthen the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources to nurses and other health care professionals.

Eastern Nurses Research Society

ENRS is comprised of RNs and others interested in promoting nursing research. It was established in 1988 as the research arm of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Nursing Association (MARNA) and the New England Organization for Nursing (NEON). The ENRS region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C. ENRS is dedicated to creating a community of nurses interested in promoting research in the Eastern Region of the United States.

Emergency Nurses Association

Originally aimed at teaching and networking, the organization has evolved into an authority, advocate, lobbyist, and voice for emergency nursing. ENA has 40,000+ members and continues to grow, with members representing over 35 countries around the world.

International Nurses Society on Addictions

The International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) is a professional specialty organization founded in 1975 for nurses committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive disorders including alcohol and other drug dependencies, nicotine dependencies, eating disorders, dual and multiple diagnosis, and process addictions such as gambling.

Navy Nurses Corps Association

The Navy Nurse Corps was formed in 1908 but not until 1987 was there an organization for All Navy Nurses – active duty, reserve, former, and retired. The association is a nonprofit organization designed with three basic goals. One is the camaraderie and service that our social functions promote. Second is to maintain the NNCA memorabilia as well as record the history of the Corps. Third is the promotion of Navy Nursing as an exciting and rewarding career.

Nursing Associations by State

Alabama State Nursing Association

Founded in 1913 and incorporated in 1914, ASNA has been representing the nurses of Alabama for 100 years! Alabama’s nurses have been among the first to respond to the needs of our nation through increasing awareness of public health issues, promoting professional standards of nursing, and “supporting the war effort”.

Alaska Nurses Association

The mission of the Alaska Nurses Association is to advance and support the profession of nursing in Alaska. We are a voice for and represent over 7,000 nurses across the entire state of Alaska.

American Nurse Association California

ANA\C represents ALL registered nurses in the state of California, without regard to specialty or practice setting. ANA\C promotes the respect registered nurses and nursing as a profession deserve. We seek a diversity of backgrounds and specialties within the profession of nursing. It is through membership that the mission of ANA\C is empowered. Your membership allows ANA\C to continue to represent registered nurses and the nursing profession on key issues that impact the ability to practice. Supporting ANA\C ensures that registered nurses will continue to provide safe, competent and quality health care to the consumers of California.

Arizona Nurse Association

The Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA) is a statewide membership-based professional association of licensed nurses. Founded in 1919, AzNA is the oldest and largest nursing association in Arizona. Our members represent all segments of nursing practice, bedside to administration, consulting to advanced practice, and education to legislation. AzNA members come from all practice settings: hospital, home and community health, public health, higher education, long-term care, school health, and policy.

Arkansas Nurses Association

The Arkansas Nurses Association (ARNA) is the state nurses’ organization that speaks for professional nursing in the state. ARNA fosters high standards of nursing practice, promotes professional development, and advocates for the profession of nursing. ARNA collaborates with other healthcare providers to facilitate access to quality health care for the people of Arkansas.

California Nurses Association

Founded in 1903, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/AFL-CIO is a premiere organization of registered nurses and one of the nation’s fastest growing labor and professional organizations in the U.S. with more than 86,000 members in hospitals, clinics and home health agencies in all 50 states. In the past 15 years, CNA/NNOC has grown by nearly 400 percent. CNA/NNOC is also a founding member of the 150,000-member National Nurses United, which in 2009 united CNA/NNOC, the United American Nurses, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association to create the largest union and professional association of nurses in U.S. history.

California Nursing Students Association

The California Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA), a constituent of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA), is composed of over 5,500 members who are committed to seeking optimal educational, developmental, and professional growth within today’s various healthcare settings.

Colorado Nurses Association

The Colorado Nurses Association is the professional organization representing all of Colorado’s Registered Nurses.

Connecticut Nurses Association

The Connecticut Nurses’ Association (CNA), established in 1904 as the professional organization of registered nurses in Connecticut, is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association. Therefore, a member of CNA automatically has access to benefits and opportunities to participate at the national (ANA) and state (CNA) levels.

Dakota Nursing Program

The Dakota Nursing Program is a nursing education consortium made possible through the collaborative efforts of four state colleges: Bismarck State College (BSC), Lake Region State College (LRSC), Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB), and Williston State College (WSC). We are educating more than 200 future practical nurses and associate degree nurses (two-year registered nurses) each year at the four colleges who work together within the Dakota Nursing Program.

Florida Nurses Association

The Florida Nurses Association as a constituent of the American Nurses Association is the only nursing organization representing ALL of nursing regardless of specialty or practice area. We speak on behalf of nursing in Tallahassee as well as before many regulatory bodies. We partner with other organizations that share our vision to create a unified nursing advocacy program for nurses in our state. We are a strong voice for the nurses of Florida fueled by the strength and commitment of the professional nurses who comprise our membership.

Indiana State Nurses Association

The Indiana State Nurses Association is the professional organization for Indiana’s registered nurses. The Association was organized in 1903 to secure nurse licensure to protect the citizens of Indiana. For over 100 years we have been promoting and protecting nurses, the nursing profession, and those who receive nursing care.

Massachusetts Nurses Association

Today, the MNA is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses and health professionals in the state, and the third largest in the nation, representing more than 23,000 members working in 85 health care facilities, including 51 acute care hospitals, as well as a growing number of nurses and health professionals working in schools, visiting nurse associations, public health departments and state agencies.

New York State Nurses Association

The New York State Nurses Association is a union of 40,000 frontline nurses standing together for strength at work, our practice, safe staffing, and healthcare for all. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.


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