Professional Nursing Associations

Ayana Dunn, RN
Updated November 23, 2022
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Advance your career by joining professional nursing associations. Find the best match for you by exploring our list of organizations.
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Are you seeking professional nursing support and community? How about networking and continuing education opportunities? Boost your career by joining a professional nursing association. You can access relevant news, job resources, and people who share your experiences.

Nurses can choose from a variety of organizations. It’s just a matter of personal preference and location. Learn about your options from the following list of professional nursing associations.

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National Nursing Associations

National professional nursing organizations play a critical role in strengthening the profession, building networks, and providing nurses from varied backgrounds and interests with visibility and resources. Organizations like those listed below represent the profession’s voice. They advocate on behalf of their members, encourage quality patient care and best practices, and sponsor a host of activities that help nurses stay informed and accountable.

Professional Nursing Associations By Specialty

Nursing specialties have expanded in response to a growing national demand for healthcare. These specialties allow nurses to pursue certifications that focus on a particular patient population or practice area. Nursing organizations dedicated to these in-demand specializations help members stay abreast in their fields, increase their earning potential, and achieve professional growth.

Nursing Associations By State

While national and specialized nursing organizations offer members a variety of benefits, state nursing associations help nurses stay connected and informed in the area where they live and work.

State associations like the following represent an array of specialties and interest groups. Membership in a state or regional organization helps nurses establish professional networks, stay current on policy and regulatory changes affecting their regional work environments, and gain access to employment listings and continuing education information.

Nursing Associations by Region

Join one or multiple associations from the list above to advance your nursing career and stay current in the field. If you change your mind about one, there are more to choose from. Invest in yourself by joining a professional nursing association.