The Voice of Nurses

We are the only nursing organization that provides full-time lobbying activities on behalf of the nursing profession. In addition to the Ohio Statehouse, we also advocate for nurses directly at the workplace through our collective bargaining efforts.


ONAConnect is a online community and social networking site exclusively for ONA members. Members can easily network with fellow nurses across the state, find others who share similar interests and use discussion boards to pose questions related to their practice. Members can log on here.

Experts in Nursing Practice

ONA sets the standard for nursing practice in Ohio. We offer a variety of resources on pressing issues such as safe staffing, workplace violence, patient safety, social media, law and rules and more. Check out our Resources above.

Be a Nurse of Today

We provide nurses the tools and resources to become the modern, in-the-know, connected nurse of today.


A Peek at the Staffing Requirements in Ohio’s Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities February 20, 2015

Law and rules pertaining to the operation of nursing homes in the state can be located in sections 3701 of the Ohio’s Revised and Administrative Codes.  Staffing requirements, including requirements for registered nurses are contained within 3701-17-08 OAC:  Personnel Requirements. Conditions for the provision of nursing care by registered nurses to residents of nursing homes …

Helping Others, Even thousands of Miles Away February 5, 2015

Over the Holidays, the Ohio Nurses Association was fortunate enough to bring smiles to kids thousands of miles away from Ohio, and thousands of miles away from a school system like we see in the states. Thanks to AFT’s FirstBook Program, ONA was able to donate over 100 brand-new books to children in Nicaragua through …

Nurse Fatigue – New ANA Position Statement February 5, 2015

Addressing Nurse Fatigue to Promote Safety and Health: Joint Responsibilities of Registered Nurses and Employers to Reduce Risks, replaces the two separate statements (one for nurses, one for employers of nurses) previously offered by the American Nurses Association.  The new statement goes farther in its recommendations to nurses and employers, including Limit work weeks to …

NIOSH Study Finds Lack of Adherence to Safe Handling Guidelines for Administration of Antineoplastic Drugs February 5, 2015

Findings suggest that best practices are not always used. Below are examples of practices which may increase exposure risk, expressed as percent of respondents: Not always wearing two pairs of chemotherapy gloves (80%) or not even a single pair (15%). Failure to always wear nonabsorbent gown with closed front and tight fitting cuffs (42%). Intravenous …

Show Your Nursing Pride!


Order Your Heart of Ohio’s Healthcare Tee!

Made of super soft cotton, this tee is sure to show your nursing pride. Price $24.99 including tax!


Which Will You Choose?

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Vote on Ohio’s first Nursing License Plate! Hurry, voting closes April 10, 2015!  Vote as many times as you want and invite your nursing friends to do the same!

The winning license plate will be unveiled at the annual ONF Nurses Choice Luncheon on May 1, 2015.

ONA News


Over 400 RNs, Nursing Students Attend Annual Nurses Day at the Statehouse February 17, 2015

On February 18, 2015, over 400 registered nurses and nursing students from across the state converged in the atrium of the Ohio Statehouse for the 2015 Nurses Day at the Statehouse themed Nurses:  The Heart of Ohio’s Healthcare. This annual event is in its 13th year and once again featured a sell-out crowd.  NDASH is …

79% of ONA Dues Tax Deductible February 5, 2015

ONA Members:  79% of your 2015 dues payment may be used as a federal tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations (21% was attributed to expenses that are not deductible under IRS regulations).  Please consult your  tax advisor for more information.

In Need of Member for NFN Board of Directors January 7, 2015

ONA has an open seat on the NFN Executive Board to be appointed by the Board of Directors on January 15th.  This position requires a large time commitment and national travel. If interested and/or would like more information please contact Rachel Wolfe at (614) 448-1043 or