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The NCNA Story

In 1902, a group of nurses banded together to speak with one voice for our profession.

The result was the Nursing Practice Act, making North Carolina the first state in the nation to legalize the registration of nurses.

Since then, NCNA has proudly represented the ever-changing needs of Registered Nurses. With one strong voice, NCNA advocates for quality patient care, nursing reform, and well-deserved recognition of the professionals who care for our North Carolina residents.

NCNA inspires, informs, connects and supports RNs, providing opportunities for leadership, career advancement resources, and celebration.


Our Mission

The North Carolina Nurses Association serves the changing needs of its members, addresses nursing issues, and advocates for the health and well-being of all people.


Who are the members of NCNA?

Our members represent the breadth and depth of registered nurses in North Carolina, and all Registered Nurses are welcome and encouraged to join.

“We have such a strong and proud history in North Carolina. Every nurse I have come in contact with in NCNA is a voice for nursing, and together as a group, our communal voice resonates across the nation. I am proud to be a Tar Heel Nurse!”
– Lauren Kearns, Member since 2003

  • New RNs benefit from membership – career development, mentorship, networking and learning from a rich nursing heritage is a great way to experience a passionate and rewarding career in nursing.
  • Career professionals looking to explore and grow through practice advancement find support, connections and reinforcement of their professional interests and specialties.
  • Committed, caring nurses – that’s NCNA! 


Members of NCNA continue to be recognized nationally for having a significant impact on the profession, and for advancing quality care in a variety of practice settings. If you are a member – thank you! If you are considering if NCNA is right for you – please join today!

Together, we move Nursing Forward®!