There are more than 100 different national and international nursing organizations.  Many of them have chapters in Oregon, and (spoiler alert!) not ALL are located in Portland!

There are many reasons to join a professional organization.

  • networking-linksEducational opportunities – Keep up-to-date on the latest changes in the nursing profession and earn CEs (see certification below).
  • Networking – Use local and national conferences and educational events to meet colleague working in other organization, other states or even other countries!
  • Certification – Demonstrate your commitment to excellence by pursuing certification in your nursing specialty.
  • Targeted resources – Many organizations offer compiled resources (articles, journals, webinars, etc.) specific to your nursing specialty.
  • Career assistance – Many associations offer career advice, job pages, and other resources if you are considering an employment change.

Now that you know why to join a professional organization, here’s a list of nursing groups with chapters/affiliates in Oregon.

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses – Greater Portland Chapter #410

American Association of Critical Care Nurses – Central Oregon Chapter


American Association of Critical Care Nurses – Greater Portland Chapter


American Association of Critical Care Nurses – Pacific Crest Regional Chapter


American Association of Critical Care Nurses – Willamette Valley Chapter


American Association for Men in Nursing
– Portland Community College Chapter

American Association for Men in Nursing
– OHSU Chapter

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists – ORANA


American Association of Occupational Health Nurses  – Oregon Chapter


American College of Nurse Midwives – Oregon State Affiliate


American Holistic Nurses Association -Oregon Chapter, Portland and Willamette Valley

American Nephrology Nurses Association – Cascades Chapter

American Nurses Association – Oregon Nurses Association


American Organization of Nurse Executives – NWONE


American Psychiatric Nurses Association – Oregon Chapter


Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
– Northwest Chapter

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
– #3801

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
– #3803

Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing – NW Chapter (OR, WA and ID)


Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing  – Oregon Chapter


Dermatology Nurses’ Association – NW Oregon #009


Emergency Nurses Association – Oregon Council


Emergency Nurses Association – Mid Valley and Coastal Chapter


Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association -Oregon and SW Washington Chapter


Infusion Nurses Society – Lower Columbia Chapter


National Association of Hispanic Nurses – Portland, Oregon Chapter


National Association of Neonatal Nurses – Pacific Northwest (OR/WA) Region


National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners – Oregon Chapter


National Association of School Nurses – Oregon School Nurses Association

National Council of Clinical Nurse Specialists
 – Oregon Council

National Student Nurses Association – Oregon Student Nurses Association

Nurse Practitioners of Oregon


Oncology Nurses Society – Mt. Hood Chapter


Oncology Nurses Society – Oregon Coastal Connections

Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing – Beta Psi Chapter

Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing – Omicron Upsilon Chapter


Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing – Xi Mu Chapter


Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. – Pacific Northwest Regional Society

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates – Portland #401

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society – Northwest Region (OR, WA, AK, ID, MT)