Speaking out for nursing. Speaking out for health.

Inside Your Association


Our mission is to foster knowledge-based nursing practice, promote quality work environments, deliver excellence in professional development, and advance healthy public policy to improve health. We promote the full participation of present and future registered nurses in improving health, and shaping and delivering health-care services.


  • We believe health is a resource for everyday living and health care is a universal human right.
  • We respect human dignity and are committed to diversity, inclusivity, equity, social justice, democracy and voluntarism.
  • We value leadership in all nursing roles across all sectors, in order to advance individual and collective health.
  • Through collective leadership, collaborate with nurses, government, organizations and the public to advance healthy public policy.

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.