Professional Nursing Organizations

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. Click the buttons below to learn more!

Alliance of Black Nurses Association
of Oregon


American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Pacific Crest Regional Chapter

American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Willamette Valley Chapter

American College of Nurse Midwives
Oregon State Affiliate

American Nurses Association
Oregon Nurses Association

American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Oregon Chapter

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

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

Emergency Nurses Association
Oregon Council

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
Oregon and SW Washington Chapter

National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Portland, Oregon Chapter

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Oregon Chapter

National Council of Clinical Nurse Specialists  
Oregon Council

Nurse Practitioners of Oregon

Oregon Society of
Pediatric Nurses

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


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


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

American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Central Oregon Chapter

American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Greater Portland Chapter

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
Oregon Chapter

American Holistic Nurses Association
Oregon Chapter, Portland and Willamette Valley

American Organization of Nurse Executives

Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
Northwest Chapter

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

Dermatology Nurses’ Association
NW Oregon #009

Emergency Nurses Association
Mid Valley and Coastal Chapter

Infusion Nurses Society 
Lower Columbia Chapter

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

National Association of School Nurses
Oregon School Nurses Association

National Student Nurses Association
Oregon Student Nurses Association

Oncology Nurses Society
Mt. Hood Chapter

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


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


Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates
Portland #401