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1 FNA: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Membership Doesn’t Cost… It Pays!

2 FNA’s Humble Beginnings

3 SAVE THE DATE: CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION TradeWinds Island Resort St. Pete Beach September 22-26, 2009

4 District 1-Pensacola-1899 District 2-Jacksonville-1909 –St. Augustine formed a separate chapter District 3-Ocala-1921 District 4-Tampa –Orlando forms a separate chapter –Lakeland/Arcadia –St. Pete Clearwater –Sarasota –Fort Myers District 5-Dade County-1926 District 6-Daytona Beach-1923 The Early Districts FNA now has thirty active districts in operation !

5 Early Accomplishments st Annual Convention –Jacksonville 1926-Doubled the number of FNA Districts 1950-Worked to Establish a Mandatory Nurse Practice Act Worked to improve relationships with other health care organizations including FLN, FMA, FHA and Florida Nursing Home Association and Florida LPN Association Undertook an initiative to rewrite the 23 year old Nurse Practice Act, The revised practice act was introduced and passed in the 1975 legislative session and signed by Governor Reuben Askew Collective Bargaining Program begins with over 3900 public employees The Florida Nurses Political Action Committee (FN-PAC) was established Florida Nurses Foundation was incorporated.

6 FNA’s Humble Beginnings

7 Early Advocacy One of the early contributions of FNA was to add legitimacy and standards to nursing practice by establishing the precursor to the Board of Nursing. This group developed the first competency examination for nurses in Florida. Questions from the 1938 Exam: What benefits do you derive from being allied to any nursing organization which has for its aim the elevation and standards of nursing? What is meant by senile psychosis? Why have laws been made to prohibit spitting in public places? What kind of baths should be taken at night. Why?

8 Mission Serve and support all registered nurses through professional development, advocacy and the promotion of excellence at every level of professional nursing practice. Vision The Florida Nurses Association (FNA) is the professional organization of first choice for all Registered Nurses in Florida. FNA Today

9 Board of Directors Elected by the membership. Consists of an executive committee and directors. They conduct the business of the association Create a vision for action. Staff Manages the business as it relates to daily operations. Carried out the work of the association as determined by the Board and the House of Delegates. Represents the Association when needed. House of Delegates Elected by the local districts to represent them at the biennial convention. Vote on bylaws revisions, proposals on issues of importance and set the Goals & Priorities of the Association. How FNA Works

10 Board of Directors Districts WorkForce Advocacy Commission (WFA) Labor Employment Relations Commission (LERC) Florida Nurses Foundation Florida Nurses Political Action Committee (FN-PAC) Structural Units (Committees, Councils, etc.) Staff Organizational Components

11 Workforce Advocacy Program

12 Florida Nurses Foundation Established in 1983, the Florida Nurses Foundation exists to promote nursing and the delivery of healthcare through the advancement of research, education and practice. Scholarships Research Grants Nurses in Need Barbara Lumpkin Institute

13 Legacy of Nursing Advocacy Monitoring of issues related to: –Licensure and registration –Legislation and Regulatory Policies Networking and Collaboration Collective Bargaining

14 Collegial Relationships

15 FNA Membership Doesn’t Cost… It Pays! Join today at With your FNA membership, you get: ANA Membership District Membership

16 FNA Membership Doesn’t Cost… It Pays! Join today at With your FNA membership, you get: Professional Publications from FNA and ANA

17 FNA Membership Doesn’t Cost… It Pays! Join today at With your FNA membership, you get: Access to publications related to nursing issues

18 FNA Membership Doesn’t Cost… It Pays! Join today at With your FNA membership, you get: Lobbyists in Tallahassee working for nurses

19 FNA Membership Doesn’t Cost… It Pays! Join today at With your FNA membership, YOU SAVE MONEY! Reduced ANCC Registration Fees Discounts on Continuing Education Reduced Rates for FNA and ANA Conferences Reduced Liability Insurance Rates

20 FNA Membership Doesn’t Cost… It Pays! Join today at With your FNA membership, you get: Networking and Leadership Opportunities

21 FNA Membership Doesn’t Cost… It Pays! Join today at With your FNA membership, you get: A dedicated phone line and staff to assist you with all of your member needs! These are just some FNA member benefits! Learn more at floridanurse.org.

22 ATTENTION STUDENTS For more information on FNSA or to become a member, visit FNSA.net. FNSA GRADUATES RECEIVE ONE YEAR OF FREE FNA MEMBERSHIP! JOIN TODAY AT FLORIDANURSE.ORG!

23 ATTENTION STUDENTS

24 ~ FNA Wants To Be Your Friend! ~ myspace.com/floridanursesassociation Become a fan at Facebook.com

25 Become a Member of FNA! Applications in each issue of The Florida Nurse Call to request application at Request application by ing FNA Membership Doesn’t Cost… It Pays! Join today at

26 The Future of FNA

27 QUESTIONSQUESTIONS CONTACT FNA:


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