every rn should be a member of the kna!
• Maintaining a strong voice for nursing:
NUMBERS MATTER. The KNA and the ANA have been recognized (by resolution) as the voices of nursing in Frankfort and in Washington, DC, respectively. This is a dramatic time for health policy on the state and national level. In order for KNA/ANA to continue to have an impact on legislation, policy-making, workplace issues, etc, it is imperative that the association(s) can point to large membership numbers and be able to mobilize that membership when needed.
• Making a contribution to affect the issues that face nursing:
Whether your contribution is simply the dues you pay to KNA, or you choose to become an active member and leader in the association, membership in KNA gives RNs the avenue to make a difference for nursing and for patients. KNA provides access to areas of law-making, policy development, regulatory bodies, Governorís boards, and grassroots lobbying efforts that impact healthcare policy on a state level, while ANA offers the same on a national level.
SOME OF THOSE ISSUES:
Improving the mechanisms to protect Whistleblowers who report unsafe conditions for patients, staff or visitors; making sure that honoring your RN license does not mean threatening your job; developing limits on the use of mandatory overtime for RNs; addressing unacceptable staffing practices; becoming a leader in healthcare reform and the exploration of a single–payer system; prevent the assignment of nursing duties to unlicensed personnel and the assignment of RN duties to LPNs; and so much more.
• Workplace Assistance & Nursing Practice Issues:
KNA members enjoy free assistance from KNA staff and leadership on strategies to address workplace concerns, job hunting, and other professional workplace issues. In addition, KNA provides resources, many through the ANA, that address professional standards issues for all areas of nursing. The KNA also works as a resource for its members to locate and connect to appropriate regulatory bodies when needed to address workplace or practice issues. And, KNA members receive a discount on all resources, including the popular guide book, Nurse to Nurse: Skills for Professional Success, which is written an published by the KNA.
• A Long List of Member Benefits:PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE: KNA members enjoy low group rates on professional and supplemental liability insurance through Marsh Affinity Group.
DISCOUNTED LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE. Anchor Health Administrators, the administrator for the KNA Long-Term Care Program, provides discounted premium rates to RN's who are KNA Members.
The complete list of member benefits can be found here.