I am involved in several nursing professional associations. I am a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), Ohio Nurses Association (ONA), and the Southwestern Ohio Nurses Association (SONA). I am member of the The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) and the Ohio League for Nursing (OLN).
I am running for national office in the ANA as a member of the Congress on Nursing Practice & Economics, co-chairing TAANAs Publication Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Center for American Nurses, and a member of ONAs Council on Practice. I also belong to the American Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.
And yes, I can think of other ways to spend the money I pay in association dues, as you may be saying....however I choose to support associations that speak and advocate on my behalf (even if I may not always agree with the chosen course of action).
Why do I belong and participate in nursing professional associations? Professional associations advocate for the best interests of its membership and define the aspirational goals of the profession. The majority of nurses do not belong to ANY professional association.
If you a reading this post you may or may not belong to a nursing professional association. Do you belong to any nursing professional associations? If not, what is your rationale for not joining? If you do belong, are you active? If not what is your rationale?
EVERYONE is busy and has to make time for work and family however consider supporting a nursing professional association by joining as a full member. Being active in nursing professional associations has been a positive and rewarding experience for me as a RN and an attorney.
When you need someone to advocate on your behalf or on behalf of the nursing profession or on behalf of your nursing specialty, who will you turn to if nursing professional associations no longer exist because of declining membership?
American Nurses Association www.nursingworld.org
American Association of Nurse Attorneys www.taana.org
Center for American Nurses www.centerforamericannurses.org