Welcome to the Arkansas Nurses Association!

The Arkansas Nurses Association (ARNA) is the state nurses’ organization that speaks for professional nursing in the state. ARNA fosters high standards of nursing practice, promotes professional development, and advocates for the profession of nursing. ARNA collaborates with other healthcare providers to facilitate access to quality health care for the people of Arkansas.

  1. Work for the improvement of health standards and the availability of health care services for all people in Arkansas
  2. Foster high standards in nursing
  3. Stimulate and promote the professional development of nurses and advance their economic and general welfare
  4. Serve as the organization for registered nurses of Arkansas
  5. Advocate for the profession


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The voice for Nurses in Arkansas!

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Your Arkansas Nurses Association membership not only shows your commitment to your profession and the welfare of your patients, it also shows your commitment to yourself as a professional. We realize that as a registered nurse, you work hard to provide quality care to your patients. As a member of the Arkansas Nurses Association, you also strive to improve the value and level of recognition of registered nurses.

Because so much depends on you, Arkansas Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association have gathered a variety of benefits to help make your personal and professional life a little easier. How? By developing benefits that save you time and money.


The Arkansas Nurses Association closely monitors important legislation and very often supplies testimony or expert insight into issues of concern to nurses for federal, state and local government, ensuring that nurses are adequately and effectively represented. Each member helps to make the association a more powerful political advocate by lending his or her voice to the advancement, protection and promotion of the nursing profession.

Continuing Education

In the beginning of 2013, several state nurses associations (SNAs) formed a collaborative, namely the Midwest Multistate Division (Midwest MSD), with the goal of promoting efficiencies and growth. The Midwest MSD provides unified tools and technologies and streamlined resources, while taking advantage of ANA capabilities and resources in order to strengthen each SNA.

The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as an approver and provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC COA).

Arkansas Nurses Foundation

The Arkansas Nurses Foundation (ARNF) was established by nurses with great vision. Nurses are the heart of health care and serve patients and families. As a result of the many changes in health care delivery, nurses’ need for continued education is great. ARNF seeks to assist Arkansas Registered Nurses by providing funds to foster and promote their continual development in areas such as academic education and research endeavors through and scholarships and grants. The Arkansas Nurses Foundation is affiliated with the Arkansas Community Foundation which is uniquely chartered to create and manage endowment and provide expertise to local foundations. The ultimate goal of the Arkansas Nurses Foundation is to enable professional nurses to provide quality health care services to the people of Arkansas.


As a nurse and ARNA/ANA member, you are committed to providing superior care to your patients. It is your passion, and you invest all of your energy in your work. But who is taking care of you while you take care of others? Through ANA’s Personal Benefits, we are here to help with six important programs that every nurse must consider: Professional Liability Insurance; Term Life/AD&D Insurance; Student Loan Refinancing; Financial Wellness; Travel Discounts; and Long-Term Care Insurance.

ARNA is also proud to offer member-only benefits from the following companies:


The reason I chose to become a member…

The reason I chose to become a member of the ANA and my local chapter ARNA is because I wanted to become more involved with making a difference in nursing in Arkansas and having a voice for various issues that plague nursing not just in my home state but nationwide such as the opioid crisis, nurse to patient ratios and staffing shortages.

Sandra Smallwood, BSN, RN

The reason I became a member of ARNA…

The reason I became a member of the Arkansas Nurses Association (ARNA), is multi-faceted.  I believe it is extremely important to be a part of the state professional organization.  Many state and local policies, both positive and negative, are a direct result of membership engagement.  On many occasions, I have phoned the ARNA office to get professional advice and/or council.  I have talked to ARNA about practice guidelines, scope of practice, decision-making, and assignment refusal versus patient abandonment, licensure and continuing education.  In a sense, ARNA has been my lifeline for professional advice and support. ARNA advocates on behalf of both, patients and nurses.

I have personal reasons as well for being an ARNA member. I enjoy the networking and team building. I like staying abreast with the most up-to-date state nursing information, for example, nursing events. Like most nurses, I consider myself a life-long learner. I love receiving the ARNA journal in the mail. ARNA provides me with the opportunity to give back by volunteering my time and sharing my knowledge and experience with others. To realize the full value of ARNA membership, you would have to personally experience it.

Dr. Cheryl Holden


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1123 South University, Suite 235
Little Rock, AR 72204

Tel: 501-244-2363
Fax: 501-244-9903