Speaking out for nursing. Speaking out for health.

Inside Your Association


We are the professional body representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. We advocate for healthy public policy, promote excellence in nursing practice, and empower nurses to actively influence and shape decisions that affect the profession and the public they serve.


We believe health is a resource for everyday living and that health care is a universal human right. We respect human dignity and are committed to diversity, inclusivity, equity, social justice, and democracy. We believe the leadership of every nurse advances individual and collective health.

Regions, Chapters, and Interest Groups

The association is organized geographically into 12 Regions, each of which are subdivided into Chapters. There are also approximately 30 Interest Groups (IGs) organized around areas of nursing interest or specialty. Each Region and Interest Group has a representative on the Board of Directors. For more information, see the links below:


The most significant work of a board is the definition of the ENDs of the organization. The ENDs articulate the purpose of the organization; they explain why the world is a better place because of the organization. The ENDs, like most decisions of the board, are expressed in the form of policies. The ‘ENDs’ policies do not state what the organization does, but instead, what good it achieves, for whom and at what cost. See the full ENDs Definition for more information.