What We Do

Professional nursing associations exist to provide a voice to advance the profession; influence healthy public policy; and provide resources and supports to help members succeed throughout their career.



Professional associations can:

  • Offer nurses the opportunity to engage in the profession and contribute to the overall vision of healthcare.
  • Offer key services that support the professional development that every nurse is required to do for continuing competence, resources for professional practices, knowledge generation, and research.
  • Provide networking opportunities with a broader range of nurses than found in their workplace, which promotes further education and career development.
  • Take a whole system approach and offer an objective outside perspective to help facilitate integrated solutions.
  • Access practice experts within the profession when asked to provide feedback to government and other stakeholders on nursing and health issues.
  • Provide nurses with the opportunity to use their voices to advocate for health and be recognized as highly educated experts who have in-depth knowledge of patients, clients and populations.
  • Connect nurses with other professional bodies both intra and inter-professionally at the local, national and international levels.