How Much Does it Cost to Join ANA?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 15, 2018

The American Nurses Association, known as ANA, is the only full-service professional organization that represents the interests of over three million registered nurses in the United States through its constituent member nurses associations as well as its 24 workforce advocacy affiliate and specialty nursing organizations that currently link to ANA as affiliates.

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How much does an American Nurses Association membership cost?

The cost of an American Nurses Association membership will depend on where you reside and which membership you apply for.  An Only membership, which is on a national level only, will cost $191 per year or $16.42 per month.  If you want to join on a national level and join the local States Nursing Association, the fees can range anywhere from $200 to $500 annually depending on the state you work in.  For example, in Michigan, it will be about $258 per year, while in California, it would be $275.

An e-membership, which has limited benefits, costs $45 annually.

If you’re not an RN, a subscriber option is available for $25 per year.

According to one forum member on this forum thread, one member was quoted $512 per year in Illinois.

American Nurses Association membership overview

The American Nurses Association offers two membership options:  the Only and ANA & State membership.  The Only membership allows a member to be a full voting member of the American Nurse Association and offers discounts and benefits.  The ANA & State membership offers a membership to the ANA and your local state’s nurse association.  The E-membership option, only available in certain states, offers a virtual ANA membership and won’t include certain benefits.

Both membership options do offer monthly navigate nursing webinars; the option to earn contact hours; discounted independent study modules; ANCC certification discounts; a career center; subscription to American Nure Today; access to CINAHL®, Drug Name Error Finder Tool, Global Disease Alert Map and PubMed Citations; member-only discounts on auto insurance, liability insurance, long-term care insurance, term life insurance and financial planning; and national meetings and conferences.

As for the state nurses benefits, this membership option offers a state association newsletter, representation in the state house on critical issues, local networking opportunities, education development and job networking opportunities.

Tips to know

The “Only” membership isn’t available in all 50 states.  According to the official website, it is only available in Hawaii, New York, Tennessee, Hawaii, New York, Tennessee, Colorado, Louisiana, North Carolina, Washington, DC, Delaware, Montana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, Nevada, South Carolina, Wyoming, Georgia, New Mexico, and South Dakota.

Only RNs are eligible to join the ANA.  If you’re not an RN, however, you can become a subscriber, which allows you to access digital content on the website.

As of 2017, the association has 172,107 members, according to

How can I save money?

Instead of the full membership dues, you can opt for reduced option dues such as the ANA Only member and ANA e-membership.

Be sure to pay in full instead of paying by the month to get a discounted rate.

The Association does offer a monthly payment option.

Some nurses say the association isn’t worth it, but this is for you to decide.  This forum thread, for example, explains the pros and cons of the organization.

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