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ONA's History & Mission Statement

ONA History

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) was founded in 1904 as the professional association for nurses in Oregon. A non-profit association, ONA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association. ONA has several affiliated entities: Oregon Nurses Foundation, Oregon Nurse Political Action Committee, Nurses United Political Action Committee and WorkHealthy Oregon.

ONA core values are integrity, respect, mutual support and professional excellence. All staff adheres to ONA’s core values. The primary focus of staff is to provide services to ONA members.

Click here for a PDF of ONA's History at a Glance (a one page document detailing the highlights of ONA's more than 100 years of serving Oregon's professional nurses!)

Vision, Mission, Purpose


ONA is a cohesive and dynamic community of peers that is organized to affect change and respond to challenges in politics, practice and labor.


The purpose of ONA shall be to work for the improvement of health and the availability of health care services for all people, foster high standards of nursing and stimulate and promote professional development of nurses and advance their economic and general welfare.


The Oregon Nurses Association is a professional association and labor union representing registered nurses. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities.

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18765 SW Boones Ferry Rd. Suite 200, Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 293-0011 or 800-634-3552 (Oregon Only)