All of ONA’s members receive significant value for their annual dues. Many of those benefits are financial (reduced registration fees and corporate discounts, for example), but the true value of ONA is in what we do, collectively, for our profession. Your membership enables ONA to:
Protect Your License
ONA advises the Oregon State Board of Nursing on licensure and certification requirements, represents the interests of nurses in interpreting and defining the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, and provides representation on the Nursing Practice Committee.
Advocate for Patients
ONA works to promote the best nursing practice for the benefit of our patients, including providing Continuing Education opportunities for nurses, representing the interests of the general public with agencies such as the Departments of Health and Public Health, educating Oregonians about issues of importance such as emergency preparedness and nursing’s response to H1N1, and communicating on issues with the media.
Protect Nurses in the Workplace
ONA engages in research and develops best practices in safe patient handling, workplace violence prevention, hospital and clinic design, and in other workplace hazards such as infectious disease, chemical exposure, back injuries, latex allergies, needlestick injuries and more.
Promote Nursing Through Legislation
ONA provides legislative testimony at the state capitol on issues of relevance to nursing practice, trains nurses to be effective citizen lobbyists, and raises public awareness about legislative issues impacting nurses and patients.
Influence Practice Regulation
ONA promotes safe nursing practice that is evidence-based, meets the scope of nursing practice as defined by the profession and the Oregon State Board of Nursing, and works directly with nurse specialty organizations to define the laws and regulations that govern nursing practice.
Improve Nursing Practice
ONA staff and members are engaged in ground breaking research in a wide range of nursing practice areas: health and safety, hospital design, ergonomics, safe staffing, and more.
Advance Economic and General Welfare Nursing Industry Standards
ONA labor staff, along with local leadership, jointly assures that registered nurses, individually and as a profession, are recognized for their value and their expertise in the workplace through negotiated and enforceable contract provisions.