Oregon Nurses Association

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) has been the voice of Oregon’s Registered Nurses since being established in 1904. The organization is affiliated with the American Nurses Association (ANA) as a constituent member.

ONA states as their mission:

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

ONA has organized their membership around districts. Districts are based on the geographical region of the state where the member nurse either works or resides. Members wishing to get a elected to the ONA House of Delegates do so by participating in and being elected by members in their district.

However, not all regions of the state have a dedicated district. For those nurses a special “District 50” was established to provide them a way to participate as an elected official in the ONA House of Delegates.

The creation of districts allows ONA members to network with other nurses in the state from many specialty areas and practice settings. Having districts facilitates more local participation in the organization, recruiting of new members, access to mentoring, participation in community service, as well as discussing nursing and other health care issues.

Membership in the Oregon Nurses Association

Joining ONA has its advantages. By becoming a member, you become part of a much larger, stronger voice. The organization boasts more than 12,500 members. Individually it’s hard to facilitate change. Collectively, it becomes much easier.

Membership entitles you to a variety of benefits. You will receive discounts on continuing education and workshops. You get access to free newsletters and member resources. You get all sorts of discounts on products and services such as hotels, vacations, legal counseling and more.

There are three categories of ONA memberships:

  • Student Affiliated Members
  • Professional Association Members
  • Professional Union Members

The Student Affiliated Membership is for students currently enrolled in any Oregon nursing program who has not already been licensed as an RN.

The Professional Association Membership is for RNs and APRNs who work in non-union facilities.

And the Professional Union Membership is for nurses working in unionized facilities where collective bargaining agreements are in place.

Benefits vary depending on the category of membership.

Contact Information

If you are interested in joining Oregon’s largest nursing association or would like to get additional information about the organization, the following contact information has been provided to assist you:

Oregon Nurses Association
18765 SW Boones Ferry Road
Tualatin, OR 97062

Phone: (503) 293-0011
FAX: (503) 293-0013
Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm

www.oregonrn.org