The Professional Organization of Registered Nurses in Iowa

 The Mission of the Iowa Nurses Association is to connect, advocate,

and support for nurses and healthcare in Iowa.


The Iowa Nurses Association advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, lobbying the Iowa Legislature on health related issues, and promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace. The Iowa Nurses' Association is a not-for-profit organization under the provisions of Section 501 (c)(6) of the IRS Code.

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More About INA Membership

Member Benefits

If you are interested in furthering your nursing career, joining the Iowa Nurses Association is a good start. Our association is a synergistic group, meaning that the effect of a collection of people is greater than just one person. Here are just a few benefits of joining our organization.

Creating professional relationships is important - you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals. We sponsor numerous events throughout the year that allow you to connect with your peers. You can share ideas, ask for advice, or volunteer for a myriad of great opportunities. You will learn about breaking news, learn "best practices" or new ideas, hear about key achievers in your field and also meet and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information. Giving back can be the greatest reward and benefit. Participating in forums, chat groups or discussion boards sponsored by our association is also a great way to grow your network.

Broaden your knowledge:
We provide an enormous amount of resource information such as: case studies, articles, white papers and books written by experts. Also, magazine and newsletter access is provided as a part of your membership privileges. Additionally, we provide a source for scholarship information, links to publications, and awards for persons achieving excellence in nursing.

Why Be a Member of the Iowa Nurses Association? By: Senator Mary A. Lundby

That is the question all nurses across this state should be asking themselves. I ask myself as a legislator why wouldn't you be a member. I have heard that there are 30,000 nurses in this state and only 1200 members of the Iowa Nurses Association. If this is true then you as nurses are losing a huge opportunity to be in charge of your profession. With the present day shortage or nurses and the issues of pay and mandatory overtime your voice on these issue is not as strong as it could be. In the legislative process a loud voice is the voice that is heard. The polite, quiet voice is less impressive. With so many people requesting consideration of issues the soft voice is overwhelmed by the voice of the many.

Most nurses consciously communicate with patients and families to receive and impart information about the health and care of the patient. Nurse need to do the same with their legislators. Your statewide strength lies in the numbers. To give you an example of strength in numbers is the Iowa State Education Association. The members number the same or nearly the same as nurses, 30,000. Their voice is heard loudly by legislators, their issues are always on the forefront of discussion, their budget issues are addressed, but most of all they are always consulted on their profession, nurses should have and could have the same strength. Your numbers are like theirs, your issues are true and good, your presence in the lobby is trustworthy and knowledgeable...get involved. The life you influence may be your own or your families and it will benefit your patients.

Nurses educate people about the scope of nursing; you need to educate government. Nurses make judgments; legislators make judgments about your working conditions. Nurses are equal in the equation of care for patients; you need to be equal in the equation on working conditions, salary, overtime.

How can nurses have policymakers know and understand what the profession of nursing does if you do not have numbers. It isn't possible. Get involved, be the solution. Your dues are the best investment you will make in your future and your profession.

Senator Mary A. Lundby, R- Marion, INA Friend of Nursing