Goals, Mission, Vision


CNA goals are to:

  • Enhance and protect the viability, health, safety, and identity of nurses and the nursing profession;
  • Support and encourage nurses’ educational advancement and professional development;
  • Support nurses’ personal and professional resilience;
  • Promote the professional and educational advancement of nurses as well as their economic and general welfare;
  • Stimulate and promote evidenced-based nursing research, disseminate research findings, and encourage the use of new knowledge as a basis for nursing;
  • Engage in legislative advocacy as it related to to nursing and healthcare;
  • Foster relationship with all student nurses;
  • Promote relationship with the Connecticut Student Nurses' Association;
  • Promote and maintain relationships with allied professional, governmental, and community groups;
  • Promote the inclusion of nurses on boards of directors, commissions, and other governing, regulatory, and charitable organizations;

  • Champion equity by addressing racism, social determinants of health, and health care disparities;

  • and, Provide services to constituent district nurses' associations and organizational affiliates.


Connecticut Nurses Association speaks with a unified voice for ALL nurses across all specialties, in all forums. The association exerts its organized influence on education, legislation, and compensation to protect and advance the practice of nursing and the health of the people in Connecticut. We connect our members to each other and to our collective passion, power and purpose.


Connecticut Nurses Association is the magnet for Connecticut nurses – universally recognized as the force anticipating and creating the future nurses want and the public needs.


The Connecticut Nurses Association believes that nursing is an essential service in the health care delivery system and vital to the health status of people. The Connecticut Nurses Association also believes:

    • CNA exists to serve both the vital need of the individual nurse and the nursing profession;
    • CNA members are the foundation of the association. Their contribution of time, energy, ideas, and support are critical to the success of CNA;
    • participation in public policy and its generation is an essential responsibility of professional practice;
    • CNA has a responsibility for health care advocacy for the citizens of Connecticut;
    • the highest ethical standards will guide the business of CNA; and
    • all Nurses in Connecticut should be minimally prepared with a baccalaureate degree in nursing.