Professional Nursing Organizations
Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) Organizations
Nurse Practitioner Organizations
Nursing Organizations by State
APRNs don’t necessarily gain an advantage from joining several organizations. The fees can be significant, and it might be difficult to participate in multiple associations. Instead, the best organization for an APRN to join is one focused on their chosen or potential specialty. This gives an APRN the best opportunity for ongoing education, mentorship, networking and career advancement.
An APRN also might benefit from joining a state organization that meets nearby. This makes it easier to participate in person and meet potential mentors or colleagues. Most associations have an easy process to join online.
Nursing associations contribute to the education and development of NPs and other APRNs. They enable nursing professionals to maintain high standards throughout their various specialties and fields. They may also offer APRNs who work in stressful circumstances a place to seek professional support. Nurses must prioritize self-care along with their professional development. Connecting with colleagues and mentors offers a way to obtain emotional and spiritual support.
Progressing in their careers requires completing continuing education requirements for licensure, staying up to date on trends, and acquiring new skills, which they can do through a professional organization. Some organizations offer certifications that are respected within the medical community. Joining an organization also offers opportunities to work with mentors and network with more experienced APRNs.
One role of nursing associations is advocating for their members. Organizations for APRNs might work with lawmakers to enact regulations that ensure a high standard in the profession while allowing APRNs to work independently with patients. These organizations can potentially influence health care policy as well as standard workplace policies for APRNs in various specialties and fields.
Membership fees vary by association from a little over $100 to several hundred dollars. Some associations provide different levels of memberships, so students, APRNs and retirees can choose the right cost and level of participation for themselves. Others offer multi-year memberships at a slightly discounted price.