These Nursing Associations Connect You to Fellow Pros and Valuable Resources

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Regardless of specialty or skill level, nursing associations are an ideal resource for professional growth, networking, and lifelong learning. Associations exist for a variety of interests and career paths, and can help you connect with fellow professionals and obtain new certifications. Many associations offer research grants, scholarships, and award programs to help nurses recognize their peers. What are you waiting for? Join a nursing association and broaden your career today! We’ve made it easy with an extensive list categorized by specialty and state. Don’t see your association or specialty? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!

Ambulatory Care

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)

Created in 1978 as a nonprofit educational forum, the AAACN works expand the reach of ambulatory care nurses to achieve a greater positive impact for patients. The organization offers several professional development outlets, including an annual conference, online resources, webinars, and a career center. The association also provides study resources and member savings on certification exams. Scholarships and grants are available to nurses and student nurses at multiple levels.


American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA)

Boost your learning and professional development with the CRNA Knowledge Network, offering CE courses and other resources. The association also offers volunteer opportunities and a Member Advantage Program with a variety of benefits, including savings on practice tools and student loan debt consolidation or refinancing.

Assisted Living/Rehabilitation

American Assisted Living Nurses Association (AALNA)

Representing assisted living RNs, licensed practical nurses, and licensed vocational nurses, the AALNA works to promote safe, effective, and dignified nursing practice in assisted living, in an era when the number of older adults needing this type of care is increasing. Among professional development opportunities are an annual conference, webinars, and training resources.

Critical Care

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The AACN promotes lifelong learning and professional growth. Members also grow professionally through national conferences, a webinar series, and certification programs geared toward nurses who care for high acuity and critically ill patients. The association offers continuing/professional scholarships  and a scholarship to attend the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.


Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA)

Founded in the 1980s following the creation of the first education program for dermatologic nursing, DNA has a vision of becoming the global authority in the field. The nursing association offers certification resources, advice, and connections for professional growth. The association also provides awards to recognize fellow members as well as a scholarship program and grant opportunities.


National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA)

Created in 2003, NAANA serves as a voice, network and resource for Arab American men and women in their pursuit of employment and advancement within the nursing profession. Members can earn contact hours at continuing education events and seminars, network, and access online job postings. The association provides annual scholarships of between $500 and $1,000, depending on funds available.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)

Organized in 1971 and incorporated in 1972, NBNA represents about 200,000 African American nurses. The association’s mission includes providing a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color. For student nurses and members, NBNA offers a Collaborative Membership Program. Members can receive recognition through the NBNA Nurse of the Year Awards and more than a dozen scholarships are available ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.

National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA)

With a primary goal of uniting all Indian nurses and nursing students of Indian origin at a professional level, NAINA has a variety of resources. These include educational activities, mentorship, and community education. A $300 scholarship is awarded to an eligible undergraduate or associate degree nursing student of Indian heritage from United States and a nursing student from India during the Biennial conference of NAINA.

Chinese American Nurses Association (CANA)

Founded in New York, NY in 1987, CANA’s mission is to recognize professional Chinese American nurses, and carry out activities on their behalf while promoting quality healthcare in the community. A scholarship fund provides financial support to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level nursing students who are of Chinese heritage and demonstrate a strong commitment to nursing and Chinese American health. Nurses also receive networking and mentorship opportunities to develop professionally, as well as continuing education workshops.

Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA)

Promoting professional excellence and contributing significant outcomes to healthcare and society are part of the mission of PNAA. The association supports members through a Career Center, education and networking opportunities. An annual scholarship of $1,000 per semester—$2,000 total—is offered to a graduate student currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing, a post master’s degree, or doctoral degree.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

Dedicated to promoting safe, quality health care delivery to Latino communities and individuals  and recognizing the accomplishments of Latino nurses, NAHN provides a variety of resources to members, including networking and mentoring opportunities, webinars and an NAHN Journal offering nurses the chance to submit manuscripts and become published authors. Nurses can recognize each other through several awards, including the NAHN Latino Legacy Award and the NAHN Nurse of the Year. A number of scholarships also are available, including a scholarship through the United  Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative that awards $5,000 for three consecutive years.


Sigma Theta Tau

Founded in 1922 by six nurses at the Indiana University Training School for nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, now known as Sigma, is open to baccalaureate and graduate school nurses who have demonstrate excellence in scholarship. The organization also is open to nurse leaders who exhibit exceptional achievements in nursing. Nearly 40% of the 135,000 active members hold master’s and/or doctoral degrees; 51% are in staff positions; 19% are administrators or supervisors; 18% are faculty/academics; and 12% are in advanced practice.  Scholarship funding of up to $5,000 per academic year is available to students enrolled in either an Accelerated Second Degree or Doctor of Nursing Practice program at an accredited US school of nursing.

National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA)

Students pursuing licensure as RNs receive mentoring and support through NSNA, which also is open to nurses enrolled in baccalaureate completion programs. The association offers a career center where students can prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam, along with career planning guides and featured nursing schools and hospitals. An undergraduate scholarship program also is available with two distinct scholarships—General Nursing Program and Promise of Nursing Program. Members also have the opportunity to publish articles and participate in a variety of activities, including health policy and advocacy committees.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

The national voice for academic nursing, the AACN represents more than 800 schools. A variety of awards and resources are available to students, including scholarships, a virtual career fair and a PhD-DNP Collaboration Excellence Award. Students also can apply to multiple nursing schools with one application. Other awards include member and faculty nominated awards and board nominated awards. Conferences, webinars, modules, an AACN Online Learning Center are available for professional development.

Emergency Nursing

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

Advocating for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing, the ENA has a strong focus on collaboration and lifelong learning. This is clear in the association’s ENA Learn program, providing a wide catalogue of CE options. The association also offers a variety of awards—the Lantern Award for emergency departments, the State Council Achievement Award, Achievement Awards, and the Journal of Emergency Nursing Award. Scholarships also are available for members and non-members seeking education from associate to doctoral degrees.


Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)

Among the goals of GAPNA are advocating for quality care for older adults, promoting professional development and educating the public on the issues of aging. Members benefit from a variety of resources, including an online forum and Career Center. The association’s website also offers a special section for students featuring information on student friendly conference sessions, publication discounts and scholarships, including awards and grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.

Holistic Nursing

American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)

With a number of holistic nurses specializing in one or more complementary, alternative, or integrative healing modalities, the AHNA sets out to help members maintain qualifications to practice their specialty. Professional development opportunities include continuing education, annual conference and discounts and approval for individual activities and events. Nurses can pursue a variety of scholarships and awards including a research grant, Holistic Nurse of the Year, Holistic Nurse Rising Star Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education Award. The association also provides an award for implementing self-care activities.

Home Care

International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO)

Created in 2009, the IHCNO aims to support the nurses who provide care to patients who remain in their homes. Home care nurses can expand their knowledge and grow their network by participating in research opportunities through the association. Members can also benefit from webinars and other resources.


American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)

Improving the health of populations, communities, families, and individuals through the use of informatics, the ANIA encourages professional networking with ANIA Connect. The online resource allows nurses to collaborate and communicate while fostering camaraderie and support through an Open Forum. Informatics nurses also can expand their education through an annual conference and webinars.


American Nurses Association (ANA)

The leading nursing organization representing 4 million nurses in the U.S., the American Nurses Association’s mission is to advance the profession to improve healthcare for everyone. A wide selection of support programs, resources and award and scholarship opportunities are available through the ANA Foundation. Nurses can nominate colleagues with the Honor a Nurse Program and pursue leadership activities and grants. American Nurse Scholarships were created in 2013 through funding from Fresenius Kabi USA, Carolyn Jones and DigiNext LLC, with proceeds from book “The American Nurse: Photographs and Stories” by Jones and her film “The American Nurse: Healing America.” Career development opportunities also are available through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which credentials both organizations and individuals who advance in nursing.

American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL)

Serving nearly 10,000 nurse leaders, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership offers resources for aspiring nurse leaders, established directors and seasoned executives. Members have access to a number of professional development and educational tools to help them succeed, including an Emerging Nurse Leader Institute, a Nurse Manager Institute, fellowship programs, finance and business programs, webinars and an annual conference.

National League for Nursing (NLN)

The premier organization for nurse leaders and educators, NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education helps fund faculty scholarships and a scholarly writing retreat.

Licensed Practical Nursing

National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (NALPN)

LPNs provide care for the ill, injured, disabled, or convalescing. They perform everything from basic nursing and medical care to basic diagnostic tests and other procedures, depending on training and their particular state’s Nurse Practice Act. NAPLN members can access certification programs, attend an annual conference, and apply for multiple awards, including the Lilian Kuster Award and LPN of the Year award, along with other recognition for themselves and fellow nurses.


Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)

With 12,000 members, the AMSN encourages med/surg nurses to use their powerful voices and focused action to improve patient care. The academy offers a Career Mobility Scholarship for members wanting to pursue higher education and several grant programs to grow professionally at all levels. These include the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) Certification Grant, Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) Recertification Grant and a Convention Grant, which helps members expand their knowledge by attending the ASMN annual convention. A Nurse in Washington Internship Grant also is available along with research grants.

Men in Nursing

American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN)

With shaping the practice, education, research, and leadership for men in nursing as its mission, the association also provides multiple levels of membership to RNs, student nurses, high school students, retired RNs and more. AAMN offers educational scholarships funded by AAMN members and select donors. Teaching materials, webinars and a career center also are available.


The Army Nurse Corps Association, Inc. (ANCA)

Dedicated to the Army Nurse Corps and its officers, the ANCA supports the advancement of military nursing and knowledge through supporting certification, research, grants, and scholarships. Criteria for scholarships include being currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate or advanced degree nursing or nurse anesthesia program who are serving or have previously served in any branch, at any rank, of a component of the US Army—active Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve. Nursing or anesthesia students whose parent(s), spouse, or child(ren) have current or previous service in a component of the US Army also qualify.

Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA)

A nationwide nonprofit professional organization, NOVA serves nurses who work for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Clinics. Career development resources include webinars, mentorship, networking, and a legislative toolkit for nurses interested in advocacy. Awards include a NOVA President’s Award and excellence awards for LPNs/LVNs, RNs, and APRNS as well as a Distinguished Chapter Award. Scholarships are available for nurses enrolled in diploma, associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral nursing programs.

Society of Air Force Nurses (SAFN)

Members of SAFN are RNs who serve or have served in the USAF Nurse Corps (Active Duty/Reserve/Guard) or as WWII Flight Nurses. Membership includes veterans of World War II (some were Prisoners of War), the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Iraq). Conventions are held every two years to help members grow professionally. Networking opportunities also are available as well as a biannual newsletter.

Neonatal Nursing

Academy of Neonatal Nursing (ANN)

Among benefits of joining the 6,000 nurses who belong to ANN are 15-plus free hours of CNE credit, a conference discount, and a variety of online resources, including a webinar series offering the latest topics on neonatal care. ANN members enrolled in an educational program seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in neonatal nursing or a related nursing major are encouraged to apply for The Academy of Neonatal Nursing Ingrid Josefine Ridky Academic Scholarship. Members active in the care of neonates who maintain a current knowledge base also can apply to receive funding to attend the National Neonatal Nurses Conference. An Academy of Neonatal Nursing Excellence in Neonatal Nursing Practice Award is available to recognize nurses who strive for the best patient care.


American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)

Supporting nurses who care for adult and pediatric patients with kidney disease, the ANNA offers members the chance to recognize fellow colleagues. Nurses can nominate each other for Outstanding Achievement Awards and apply from a wide selection of scholarships and research grants. Online educational programs, conferences and other activities promote lifelong learning among nephrology nurses.

Nurse Practitioners

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

With an impressive membership of 100,000, the AANP is critical to championing the voice of NPs as they become an increasingly popular choice among patients. The association partners with corporations and organizations to support more than 270,000 NPs nationwide. Members receive access to the AANP CE Center to expand their professional development, discounts on the AANP conference and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board applications. Scholarship opportunities also are available to help aspiring nurse practitioners succeed, along with grants and awards supporting research for both working NPs and graduate students.

Occupational Health/Rehabilitation

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)

Advocating for occupational and environmental health nurses in business, hospitals, government, and other professional areas, AAOHN offers a forum to members for real-time advice, as well as a career center and legislative affairs advisory group. The AAOHN Foundation provides scholarships in leadership, professional development, and education.


Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

With a mission to support nurses caring for women and their families through research, education, and advocacy AWHONN offers a variety of benefits. These include educational programs, certification opportunities and professional development resources. Scholarships include Every Woman, Every Baby-Perinatal Orientation and Education Program Scholarship and Every Woman, Every Baby-Neonatal Orientation Program Scholarship. Research grants also are available. The association also provides membership opportunities to students, along with helpful tools to help decide whether to pursue a career in obstetric or neonatal nursing.

Orthopedic Nursing

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON)

Boasting a membership of more than 5,000 RNs, LPNs, LVNs and student nurses, the NAOP works to advance orthopedic nursing through excellence in research, education, and nursing practice. Nurses can enhance their skills and connect with other professionals through practice and research resources, a clinical practice library, webinars, and an Issues in Practice discussion forum. A career center also is available, along with an annual meeting, multiple scholarships and opportunities to participate in community outreach and volunteerism.

Palliative Care

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)

A community of more than 10,000 healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing expert care in serious illness, the HPNA has more than 50 chapters nationwide. Members have access to online courses and continuing education credits, as well as exclusive networking opportunities and resources. Several scholarships are available for a variety of areas, including nurse leadership, education and advancing the profession, as well as research grants.


Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)

Supporting nurses who care for pediatric patients with cancer and blood disorders, the APHON has a wide range of programs and incentives to promote lifelong learning and career growth. Among them is an APOHN Member Connections site with an open forum, continuing education center, volunteer opportunities and other resources. The association also offers awards for mentoring, distinguished service, leadership, excellence, education, writing and research. Scholarships are available for nurses who want to make a positive impact in healthcare through the legislative process and nurses wanting to attend the Annual Assembly presented by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association (HPNA).

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)

More than 9,000 members make up this organization dedicated to supporting PNPs and APRNs through leadership, advocacy, professional practice, education, and research. Student NPs can become NAPNP Student Ambassadors and receive free membership. Student webinars also are available along with certification exam resources. Education grants also are offered and PNPs can develop professionally by taking part in advocacy campaigns focused on child health issues, participate in research, and make connections through the Career Connection Job Center.

Society of Pediatric Nurses

SPN looks to be the leader in promoting career advancement for pediatric nurses and improve outcomes by ensuring global pediatric standards of care and clinical practice guidelines are integrated into healthcare. Members can complete continuing education activities through the SPN Online Education Center and participate in discussion forums and webinars. Research and evidence-based practice grants also are available, along with excellence awards and distinguished service and humanitarian awards. To help members meet their academic goals, academic scholarships are awarded annually, as well as a conference scholarship to help nurses grow professionally by attending the annual SPN conference.

Perioperative Nursing

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Serving more than 40,000 professionals who share a passion for advancing Perioperative nursing, patient safety and quality outcomes, AORN provides a variety of career growth opportunities and educational resources to members. Membership is available at multiple levels, from novice nurses to nurse leaders. More than 200 free CNE contact hours are available and nurses can nominate themselves or their peers for individual achievement awards in the categories of excellence, distinguished service, outstanding achievement, and professional achievement. Grants and scholarships are available through the AORN Foundation.


American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

Both graduate and undergraduate students will benefit from the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship, which provides 30 students one-year complimentary membership and a trip to the APNA Annual Conference. For entry-level nursing students or students attending school to expand their practice, the association also offers a $2,500 Best Nursing Degree Scholarship. The association also offers a Resource Center, Continuing Education, and a Career Center.


Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing (ARIN)

The ARIN represents nurses who practice in the diagnostic neuro/cardiovascular, interventional, ultrasonography, computerized tomography, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance, and radiation oncology. Scholarship and award opportunities include a Radiology Nurse of the Year Award, chapter award, complimentary membership registration and certification and a scholarship to advance nursing education. Radiology nurses can grow professionally with a career and job board and evidence-based practice resources, webinars, and an online CE center.

Transport Nursing

Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA)

Founded in 1980, the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (also known as National Flight Nurses Association) is a nonprofit member organization whose mission is to advance the practice of transport nursing and enhance the quality of patient care through commitment to safety and education. The association offers several awards, including the Distinguished CFRN/CTRN Award and resources for nurses wanting to earn their Certified Flight Registered Nurse or their Certified Transport Registered Nurse credential.  Members also have opportunities to participate in a variety of courses and webinars.

School Nursing

National Association of School Nurses (NASN)

Both practicing and aspiring school nurses can benefit from a wide selection of NASN resources, including E-Learning opportunities, training tools and conferences and workshops. Career and professional development opportunities are available through the NASN Career Center. Promoting a particularly specialized area of nursing, NASN advocates for a professional RN to be present daily at all schools to optimize student health, safety, and learning. Awards include Recognition and Distinguished Service awards, Special Interest Group Awards, Excellence in School Nursing and The Journal of School Nursing SAGE Writing Awards. The association also offers an extensive scholarship program with five scholarships.

Wound Care

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)

Made up of more than 5,000 healthcare experts who work with patients affected by wound and ostomy and incontinence, the WOCN is recognized worldwide for its promotion of safe and quality care in the specialty. Leading health care organizations recognize the WOCN Society as the premiere nursing specialty organization to make a positive impact to improve WOC patient outcomes. Members develop professionally through a Career Center, Continuing Education Center and website tutorials. The association even boasts its own podcast channel—WOCTalk. Scholarships are awarded through the WOCN Foundation to those committed to working in wound, ostomy, or continence nursing.

State Associations

Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA)

Representing Alabama nurses for more than 100 years, ASNA prides itself on being one of the first to respond to U.S. healthcare needs by increasing awareness of public health issues and promoting professional standards of nursing. The association offers multiple scholarships to Alabama residents, including two $2,000 scholarships and a $1,000 academic scholarship. Another scholarship, the $1,000 Helen Wilson Leadership Scholarship is open to members of the Alabama Association of Nursing Students. Alabama nurses also can participate in quarterly webinars where they can earn contact hours. A Career Center also is available, along with leadership development opportunities and programs discounted for ASNA members.

Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA)

Serving as a voice of more than 7,000 nurses in Alaska, AaNA works to promote and advance the profession through a variety of resources and programs. An AaNF Foundation provides grants for nursing research, workshop development, clinical and community projects and research projects.

Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA)

Supporting Arizona nurses for more than 100 years, AzNA provides education and career development, including educational symposiums, conventions, and leadership opportunities. Members also benefit from reduced ANCC Certification Exam fees and discounted registration for AzNA events Career Center and job networking. Several scholarships also are available through the Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing, including academic, professional, certification and faculty.

Arkansas Nurses Association (ArNA)

The ArNA works to improve health standards and availability of healthcare services for Arkansas residents while fostering high standards in nursing and advocating for the profession. Members can network and connect with fellow nurses, discover professional opportunities, and boost leadership skills. Scholarships are available through the Arkansas Nursing Foundation.

California Nursing Association

Known formally as National Nurses United, the California Nurses Association represents more than 150,000 nurses and is the largest professional association of nurses. NNU was founded in 2009 unifying three of the most active, progressive organizations in the U.S.—and the major voices of unionized nurses—in the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association. Members have an opportunity to pursue continuing education programs, online university courses and research opportunities. Multiple scholarships also are available, including the Alameda County Scholarship, the Martha Horton Scholarship, Region 10 Gannon Scholarship, and the Sandra R. Spaulding Memorial Scholarship.

Colorado Nursing Association

Colorado nurses can discover a variety of resources and benefits through CNA, both to help further their career and education. The association offers continuing education opportunities, connections with colleagues throughout the state and the chance to improve healthcare through legislative advocacy. A variety of scholarships are available for both practicing nurses and those wanting to pursue a career in nursing.

Connecticut Nurses Association

Striving to influence nursing and healthcare on a local, state, and national level, the Connecticut Nurses Association offers e-learning opportunities and a legislative action center where nurses can get involved and influence decisions. The association also offers an extensive awards program, including the Diamond Jubilee Awards and the Connecticut Nurses Association Awards. Members also have the chance to grow professionally through members-only tuition discounts on accredited online nursing programs.

Delaware Nurses Association (DNA)

At more than 100 years old, the Delaware Nurses Association works to move nursing forward through education, research, and advocacy. Professional development opportunities include continuing education courses and a job board. Nurses can nominate their peers for Top Nurses awards in a wide range of categories.

District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA)

As a resource for nurses throughout the entire District of Columbia, the DCNA provides its members with advocacy in the nursing practice and the workplace, as well as networking and professional development. Members are also provided information on current legislation and practice policies in the District of Columbia and in the US. DCNA encourages nurses to get involved in various leadership opportunities, including activists, volunteer lobbyists, and union advocates.

Florida Nurses Association (FNA)

Committed to improving the lives of nurses, the Florida Nurses Association provides professional development and advocacy to all registered nurses in the state at every level. Members receive up-to-date legislative information and are able to be part of a legislative network to grow their political knowledge and experience. Live contact hour courses are available, along with webinars and an online learning platform. More than 30 scholarships and grants are available through the Florida Nurses Foundation.

Georgia Nurses Association (GNA)

Founded in 1907, the GNA has strived to continue its mission of empowering nurses to shape the future for a healthier Georgia. The Association offers a career center, advocacy and networking opportunities and a variety of awards to recognize fellow nurses in the state. These include a Staff Nurse Award, Media Award, Excellence in the Care of Older Adults Award, an Emerging Leader Award and Excellence in Nursing Practice Award.

Hawai’i Nurses’ Association (HNA)

Founded in 1917 as the Honolulu Nurses’ Club, the Hawai’i Nurses’ Association is recognized as the official voice of the nursing profession in Hawaii. The association represents more than 4,000 nursing and allied healthcare members throughout the state, working in medical centers, hospitals, care centers, rehabilitation hospitals, clinics, community health services and other medical providers. Scholarships are available for both students and practicing nurses.

Idaho Nurses Association (ANA-Idaho)

The Idaho State Nurses Association works toward promoting professional development, fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the safety and well-being of nurses in the workplace, and advocating on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. Nurses can take advantage of a career center with featured ANA-Idaho jobs, attend events, and connect with other Idaho nurses. Continuing education information also is available, as well as resources for students through the Idaho Nursing Student Association.

Illinois Nurses Association

The mission of the Illinois Nurses Association improve the health standards and availability of health care services for all people in Illinois, foster high standards for nurses, stimulate and promote professional development of nurses and advance their economic and general welfare. Among the ways the association supports its members is through education, leadership and providing opportunities to participate in legislation. A Career Center is available and nurses can also grow their careers through the Nursing Workforce Center where they can discover educational opportunities, Continuing Education courses and more.

Indiana State Nurses Association

Organized in 1903 to secure nurse licensure, ISNA is determined to promote and influence quality nursing and healthcare in the state. The association offers a career center, continuing education programs and a variety of resources and events to grow professionally.

Iowa Nurses Association

Promoting the growth of the nursing profession, guiding nursing issues, and staying on top of current issues in nursing are priorities of the Iowa Nurses Association. Iowa nurses can strengthen their careers through webinars, events, and a Career Center.

Kansas State Nurses Association (KSNA)

In existence for more than 100 years, the Kansas State Nurses Association represents more than 90,000 nurses statewide. A major area of focus for the association is continuing nursing education, professional development and supporting nursing practice and research. Nurses can grow their careers through networking opportunities, webinars and connecting nationally through the ANA Career Center and Leadership Institute.

Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA)

The Kentucky Nurses Association was established in 1906 and has worked through the years to become an advocate for quality patient care in all settings. Nurses can take advantage of a career center and educational conferences and a variety of resources. For students, a General Scholarship Program awards between $1,000 to $10,000 per academic year. A Promise of Nursing Scholarship awards between $1,000 and $7,500 per academic year.

Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA)

Professional development and growth to promote better healthcare are important components of the Louisiana State Nurses Association. A variety of education options are available through the LSNA Nursing Continuing Professional Development Unit. Louisiana nurses can also receive recognition through a variety of awards and two scholarships are available—The Woodard Nursing Scholarship Program for undergrads and the Joe Ann Clark Graduate Nursing Award for graduate students.

Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA)

Scholarships are available through the Main State Nurses Association for both students and practicing nurses. Professional growth and legislative action also are important to the association, which is part of National Nurses United.

Maryland Nurses Association

Providing direction and a voice for the nursing profession, the Maryland Nurses Association provides professional resources and recognition opportunities including awards focused on practice, education, leadership, advanced practice, dissemination, pathfinding, mentoring and legislation. Seven scholarships geared toward a variety of study and practice are available through the Nursing Foundation of Maryland.

Massachusetts Nursing Association

Creator of the Nurse Practice Act, RN license designation and other groundbreaking legislation, the Massachusetts Nursing Association prides itself on being the leading voice for nurses in the Commonwealth. Nurses can nominate their peers for MNA Awards and apply for scholarship through the Massachusetts Nurses Foundation.

Michigan Nurses Association

Advocacy for nurses, patients and the workplace is a major focus of the Michigan Nurses Association. Nurses can nominate each other for awards in a variety of categories, including diversity in healthcare, excellence in nursing practice, nurse hero, labor leadership and political nurse advocacy.

Mississippi Nurses Association

A driving force for Mississippi nurses for more than 108 years, the Mississippi Nurses Association advocates for nurses across all specialties and roles through a number of activities, events, programs, forums, workshops, and collaborations. Members can recognize one another for their excellent work through the Member Spotlight and pursue opportunities through the Career Center. The Mississippi Nurses Foundation provides scholarships to allow practicing nurses and students achieve their education goals.

Minnesota Nurses Association

Representing 22,000 nurses, the Minnesota Nurses Association’s goal is to stand strong for nurses, patients, and quality healthcare. The association encourages education and lifelong learning with scholarships and research grants offered through the Minnesota Nurses Foundation. An association blog offers a way for nurses to connect. Members can also expand their CE knowledge through the association’s Continuing Education Program.

Missouri Nurses Association

Boasting a mission to promote, protect and enhance registered professional nursing practice through advocacy, education, collaboration, and partnership the Missouri Nurses Association provides networking opportunities, continuing education discounts and a career center.

Montana Nurses Association

The promotion of professional nursing practice, standards, education, and quality healthcare are important to the Montana Nurses’ Association. Nurses in the state can boost their careers through the association’s professional development portal and Professional Development Council and contact hour opportunities. The Montana Nurses Foundation awards scholarships and continuing education grants.

Nebraska Nurses Association

The Nebraska Nurses Association considers its purpose to serve nurses and the public by providing information and resources to improve healthcare. Member benefits include a Career Center, local networking opportunities and discounts on continuing education courses.

Nevada Nurses Association

Working to address challenges and issues facing nurses in the state, the Nevada Nurses association serves all RNs, including staff nurses, nurse educators, nurse practitioners, school nurses, and public health nurses. Leadership and advocacy are important to the NNA, which offers a variety of benefits to help nurses develop professionally, including a Career Center and continuing education resources. Awards, grants, and scholarships are available through the Nevada Nurses Foundation.

New Hampshire Nurses Association (NHNA)

Founded in 1906, the New Hampshire Nurses Association represents nurses through legislation, political action, and professional development. Members can search for jobs and enjoy a number of benefits, including student loan refinancing an online CNE program and mentoring. The association also offers an annual awards program that includes a Rising Star Award and a Student Nurse of the Year Award, a Healthy Nurse Scholarship, and a Fresenius Kabi – American Nurses Foundation Advocacy Scholarship.

New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA)

Representing more than 110,000 registered nurses, the New Jersey State Nurses Association offers a number of ways for nurses to get involved through advocacy, legislation, and networking. A Career Center allows nurses to easily search jobs, while the association’s Institute for Nursing provides scholarships to high school students aspiring to be nurses. The association also offers scholarships to nurses at the RN and doctorate levels.

New Mexico Nurses Association (NMNA)

Recognizing the important role nurses play in healthcare, the New Mexico Nurses Association promotes high standards of nursing through professional and educational advancement of nurses, personal and professional self-advocacy and more. Nurses can explore the association’s Career Center, connect with other members and be part of the Nursing Diversity Institute. The association website also offers a space for student nurses and funding for scholarships through the New Mexico Nurses Foundation.

New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)

Activism, quality healthcare and safety for both RNs and patients are major focuses of the New York State Nurses Association, which represents more than 40,000 nurses throughout the state. Continuing education, practice resources information on health and safety and statewide peer assistance are available at members’ fingertips via the website. Two scholarships are awarded annually, including a $5,000 scholarship for a member seeking a baccalaureate or higher degree and a second $5,000 scholarship for family members of association members.

North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA)

Helping members thrive at all stages of their careers in a changing and emerging healthcare environment is a critical component of the North Carolina Nurses Association. Membership benefits include professional development and networking opportunities and resources to promote lifelong learning. Novice nurses can network and expand their knowledge with an Early Career Nurses page. Eight scholarship opportunities are available through the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing.

North Dakota Nurses Association (NDNA)

Since being founded in 1912, the NDNA represents and advocates for nurses throughout the state through its organizational mission, which includes the professional development of nurses, the promotion of safety and well-being in the profession, and the advocacy of healthcare matters that affect both nurses and patients. Members have access to online informational resources, including a catalog of CE material,  as well as networking opportunities and online conferences and webinars that cover a variety of related topics.

Ohio Nurses Association

Representing more than 170,000 nurses in Ohio, the Ohio Nurses Association formed in 1904 determined to create a powerful platform for the protection, promotion and advancement of the profession and the Ohio Nurse Practice Act. Nurses have opportunities to participate in state legislative and workplace advocacy and pursue continuing education resources. A variety of resources also are available for student nurses, including nursing school and loan repayment information. Students and practicing nurses also can review eight scholarships available for learning at multiple levels.

Oklahoma Nurses Association

Nurse workforce numbers, workplace violence, standards of care, scope of practice and patient safety are among the core issues of focus for the Oklahoma Nurses Association. The association works to promote workplace advocacy and provide crucial resources for nurses in the state such as a career center and continuing education programs. Annual awards include recognition for excellence in nursing, research, public policy, and other categories.

Oregon Nurses Association

The Oregon Nurses Association values integrity, respect, mutual support, and professional excellence and offers a number of professional services to members. These include continuing education and the Center for Evidence-Based Practice and Research. Five scholarships are available through the Oregon Nurses Foundation, as well as information on college savings and additional scholarship resources.

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA)

A respected voice for a tradition of care and public policy in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association serves nurses with passion and integrity. Novice nurses can discover specialized resources just for them, including a Young Nurse Professionals page offering networking opportunities and other activities. Four scholarship opportunities are available along with professional development resources such as continuing education information.

Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA)

The Rhode Island State Nurses Association focuses on improving the quality of and access to health care in Rhode Island. The association provides a Career Center, continuing education networking and other professional development resources.

South Carolina Nurses Association (SCNA)

Working to effectively influence healthcare policy and practice, the South Carolina Nurses Association welcomes graduating nurses, newcomers to the state and experienced and returning nurses. Membership benefits include advocacy and leadership opportunities and the chance to make an impact in healthcare. Available awards include research and healthy communities grants and multiple scholarships for graduate nursing education, undergraduate students and practicing nurses looking to further their education.

South Dakota Nurses Association (SDNA)

The South Dakota Nurses Association supports professional nursing through advocacy, communication, networking, and collaboration across nursing specialties. South Dakota nurses can expand their professional horizons through a Career Center and networking opportunities. Award nomination also are available through categories such as district nurses of the year and rookie of the year. Scholarships are available to candidates who demonstrate SDNF purposes of leadership in practice, education, and scholarship.

Tennessee Nurses Association

Serving as the professional voice of all registered nurses in Tennessee, the Tennessee Nurses Association sets out to advance the nursing profession, improve health and health care in Tennessee and encourage future nursing leadership. Nurses can grow in their roles through a Career Center and continuing education opportunities. Four scholarships are available for students and nurses at all levels through the Tennessee Nurses Foundation.

Texas Nurses Association

Texas Nurses Association members represent a wide range of nursing practice, from bedside and administration to consulting and advanced practice, as well as those involved in education and legislative work. The association operates with the powerful belief that nurses can transform healthcare. Professional development opportunities include a Career Center, Practice Resources, and continuing education. Association members who are students or accepted for admission for part-time or full-time study in a Texas public or nonprofit college or university nursing program that offers a BSN, masters or doctoral degree can apply for $500 to $2,000 in student loans.

Utah Nurses Association (UNA)

The Utah Nurses Association represents nearly 40,000 nurses in the state and advocates for nursing professionals and the health of Utah residents. Benefits include access to webinars and CE courses with valuable information and the ANA Career Center. Students can become ANA/UNA subscribers and receive ANA benefits, as well as a quarterly print publication with career insights and opportunities. Scholarship and grant funding are available through the Utah Nurses Foundation.

American Nurses Association Vermont (ANA-VT)

Dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare and nursing and to enhance healthcare in the state, American Nurses Association Vermont empowers nurses to become leaders and decision makers in their field. Nurses can tap new opportunities through a Career Center and expand their knowledge through continuing education. Members can also make connections and network with fellow nurses through a variety of online resources.

Virginia Nurses Association (VNA)

The Virginia Nurses Association represents more than 100,000 nurses—covering all specialties, clinical settings, and work environments. The association approves more than 300 CE programs annually, publishes a monthly e-newsletter and offers a Career Center for professional growth. Association practice scholarships fall conference scholarships and a public policy scholarship are available to both students and practicing nurses.

Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA)

Boasting a membership of more than 17,000, the Washington State Nurses Association provides representation, resources, and education to help nurses reach their potential professionally. The association offers online education and other resources. Scholarships are available through the Washington Nurses Foundation.

West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA)

The mission of the West Virginia Nurses Association is to empower nurses in all practice settings with a focus on knowledge, skill and the promotion of the health and wellbeing of West Virginia residents. A Career Center is available for professional development, along with a variety of webinars and other resources.

Wisconsin Nurses Association

Created in 1909, the Wisconsin Nurses Association, represents the state’s 80,000 nurses. The association provides numerous resources to help nurses grow their careers, including continuing education. Up to four scholarships are awarded annually to nurses currently enrolled or about to begin graduate school, each at a max of $2,000.

Wyoming Nurses Association

Striving to be a unified voice for Wyoming nurses and advocate for a healthier state, the Wyoming Nurses Association envisions collaboratively leading to advance nursing practice. The association offers a Career Center and programs for members to become involved in grassroots efforts and other advocacy opportunities. Nurses also can nominate their peers for awards in several categories, including Excellence in the Workplace, Excellence in Advance Practice Nursing, the Nightingale Award for Excellence and New Nurses for the Future.

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