Professional nursing organizations support nurses and advance the nursing profession. By joining one or more associations, you can continue to have access to the research-based learning and leadership training offered in an RN to BSN or other nursing program.
Benefits of Membership
You can benefit from membership in a professional nursing association in many ways, including:
- Staying up to date with news and changes in the nursing profession and developing a broader perspective.
- Access to continuing education, often at discounted rates. Some nursing organizations also have an official journal that includes peer-reviewed clinical articles and research.
- Networking opportunities. Online forums, local meetings and networking events, and an annual convention are often available.
- Career assistance. Organizations often have a career center that posts job openings, offers advice about the job search process, and provides information such as typical salaries and benefits.
- Discounts on products and resources such as newsletters and certification review materials. Some nursing organizations feature member discounts on auto, life, and professional liability insurance and special credit card offers.
- Certification. Many specialty nursing organizations offer certification in that specialty.
Many professional nursing organizations also serve as advocacy groups for the profession. Your dues can help support that advocacy.
Beyond paying dues and receiving the benefits, you can get the most out of your membership by becoming involved. Attending local meetings and events is a good start. You might also consider joining a committee, such as the education, finance, political action or newsletter committee. Sometimes organizations have special programs or events that need volunteers. You could even run for an office. Not only does your involvement support your profession and give you the opportunity to meet other nurses, your activities could look impressive on your resume.
Texas Nursing Associations
Texas nurses can choose from a variety of professional associations, many of which are chapters of a larger national organization.
For students, the Texas Nursing Students’ Association is the state chapter of the National Student Nurses Association. The association provides educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance.
The Texas Nurses Association (TNA) is the Texas affiliate of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and welcomes all nurses and nursing students. TNA has districts across the state where nurses can meet and network locally.
Texas also has a number of specialty professional nursing organizations, with membership generally limited to nurses in the specialty and students preparing to enter it. These organizations include:
- Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists
- Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists
- Texas Emergency Nurses Association
- Texas Organization of Nurse Executives
- Texas Nurse Practitioners
- Texas School Nurses Organization
- Texas State Association of Occupational Health Nurses
In addition to statewide organizations, Texas has regional organizations, such as:
- Austin Advanced Practice Nurses
- Black Nurses Association of Greater Houston
- Dallas Ft. Worth Association for Nursing Professional Development
- Houston Area Nurse Practitioners
- Houston Chapter and Dallas Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
- North Texas Nurse Practitioners
Membership in professional nursing organizations can help you get the most out of the nursing profession. You can develop a broader perspective and support the advancement of nursing. Consider your options and find the organizations that best suit your needs.
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