The rapid growth of the nursing profession has created a high demand for nurses in the medical job market. Because there are plenty of opportunities out there, it’s important that you land the right one. Your connections, as well as meeting new contacts, can help you find the ideal opportunity. Because of this, we’ve put together a list of Ohio associations that offer a variety of nursing resources ranging from advocacy to scholarships and charitable giving.
Ohio Nurses Association
The Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) is a member-driven professional association for registered nurses in Ohio that offers nursing practice information, standards of care, legislative advocacy and continuing education opportunities to RNs. The mission of the ONA is to advance the nursing profession in the service of quality health care. For more information on the ONA, visit www.ohnurses.org.
National Student Nurses’ Association
The mission of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) is to mentor students who are preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses. They also seek to convey the standards, ethics and skills that students will need as they begin the profession. The NSBA is a nonprofit organization for students enrolled in associate, diploma, baccalaureate and generic graduate nursing programs. For more information, visit www.nsna.org.
Ohio Emergency Nurses Association
The Ohio Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is an affiliate of the national ENA. They advocate patient safety and excellence in the practice of emergency nursing. The Ohio ENA has several chapters, including those in Akron, Central Ohio, Cleveland, Eastern Ohio, Greater Cincinnati, Lakeshore and Seagate. For more information, visit www.ohioena.org.
Ohio Association of School Nurses
The Ohio Association of School Nurses (OASN) is a professional association for registered nurses and other health professionals with an interest in school health services and school nursing. Members come throughout Ohio and partner with other organizations to advocate legislative efforts concerning school health issues in Ohio. For more information on the OASN, visit www.oasn.org.
Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists
The Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (OSANA) is a statewide organization representing more than 2,300 nurse anesthetists and students. The mission of OSANA is to promote and protect the scope of practice of nurse anesthetists through advocacy and education. Its core values are patient safety, member wellbeing, integrity, caring and compassion as well as innovation. OSANA strives to support its members and ensure that they deliver quality anesthesia care, ensure patient safety and advance the art and science of anesthesia. For more information, visit www.osana.org.
Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio
The Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio (VNAO) is the largest nonprofit, community-based home health care organization in Ohio. Their members are experts in home health care and serve individuals and families throughout Northeast and Central Ohio. The VNAO partners with physicians, community agencies, hospitals and insurance companies to provide those they serve with quality home health care. VNAO’s mission includes helping people achieve health and wellness, improving the abilities of patients and their families to care for themselves and each other, and implementing technological innovations that will enhance the services they provide. For more information about VNAO, visit www.vnaohio.org.
Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses
The Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN) works to provide its members with access to continued education, news and legislative updates. The OAAPN also provides networking opportunities throughout Ohio and strives to empower members and the advanced nursing field in general. Advanced practice nurses include certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists. For more information about OAAPN, visit www.oaapn.org.
Nursing at NDC
Our RN to BSN program prepares students to work in a variety of medical settings, such as hospitals, clinics, schools and community organizations. The RN to BSN online program can be part time or full time, based on your professional and personal schedule. For more information on NDC’s online RN to BSN program, visit our Programs page.