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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, Values


We advocate for patients, nursing practice and nurses while assuring compassion, respect and dignity throughout Oregon's health care systems.


We use our collective power to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. 


  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Solidarity
  • Leadership
  • Professional Excellence
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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