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Q. What's the difference between NHNA and the Board of Nursing?

The NH Board of Nursing (NHBON) is the state licensing agency for RNs, APRNs, LPNs and LNAs. They are a regulatory board that safeguards public welfare of NH citizens by monitoring the quality of nursing degree programs in NH; enforcing disciplinary actions for violations of the Nurse Practice Act, etc.

NHNA is a professional membership organization for Registered Nurses – as the state level constituent of the American Nurses’ Association (ANA). Our focus and mission is to promote the practice, development and well being of nurses though education, empowerment and healthcare advocacy.

Q. Does receiving the NH Nursing News mean I'm a member?

No.. NH Nursing News is published and distributed at no charge to all NH nurses for whom we have addresses.  It is currently mailed to over 23,000 homes. If you are not paying dues (annually or in easy monthly installments), you are not a member of NHNA.

Q. Doesn't NHNA have thousands of members? Why do they need dues or help from me?

Sadly – not true.  Similar to public TV or radio which benefit all listeners whether or not they are paying members, NHNA provides information, political advocacy and other services which benefit all NH nurses, but receives financial support from only a small percentage. And to those who think "Well, someone else will take care of all that,"…to your colleagues – you are 'someone else'.  As membership increases – the more we can offer and accomplish.

Q. Isn't NHNA a union?

NHNA is not a collective bargaining unit.  We promote 'workplace advocacy' - creating supportive work environments for nurses through informational tools, training and lobbying on health policy.

Q. I've heard NHNA is made up of all nurse managers and doesn't represent staff nurses - and is only interested in hospital nurses and policies.

Our membership - and elected leadership - include a wide range of nurses from new grads and other direct care staff to managers, educators, and retirees. The association, since its' founding in 1906, has supported and advocated for all registered nurses in NH – in all practice settings – and across all nursing specialties. 

Q. What does NHNA really do for advocacy?

NHNA advocates for nursing rights and responsibilities to improve the health of NH citizens. For example, through NHNA's efforts, your licensure renewal fee was reduced by the legislature and the Board of Nursing ! Through NHNA's efforts, NH became a compact state! NHNA efforts have also been directed at smoking cessation legislation, school nutrition legislation, and legislation protecting nurses from violent environments. Need more reasons? Visit our Policy/Advocacy section on the role of our Government Affairs Commission and Legislative Action Center.