Tue Dec 01

Nursing Students are Affiliate Members of ONA

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is the union that represents 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates who provide care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry throughout the province.

Almost all nursing students in the province are automatically affiliate members of ONA. If you are studying nursing at a college or university in Ontario, you are most likely an affiliate member of ONA and have the right to participate in the activities of your union including education workshops and membership meetings.

Celebrate National Nursing Students' Week 2015!

November 12, 2015: The College of Nurses of Ontario released a briefing note about the NCLEX exam. Click here to download and read it.

Oct. 20, 2015: Read an article in the Ottawa Citizen about Francophone nursing students

ONA on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, wrote to the Executive Director and CEO of the College of Nurses of Ontario requesting that the CNO allow applicants additional rewrites of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and not require an applicant to complete another nursing program where an applicant has unsuccessfully written the NCLEX. In addition, ONA also requested amendments to allow temporary registrants to continue working under the temporary class when they have been unsuccessful in writing the NCLEX.

Read Linda's letter to the College of Nurses of Ontario here.


Nursing student affiliate members are encouraged to participate in the free education offered by ONA. Check out the workshop calendar to find out what's being offered and when you need to register. You should register for workshops in the same way that all ONA members do, by contacting the Membership Education and Events Team (MEET) prime.

Document Download: How ONA benefits nursing students (2013)

Nursing Graduate Guarantee for New Ontario Graduate Nurses

The Nursing Graduate Guarantee for New Ontario Graduate Nurses is a program of the Government of Ontario that is aimed at ensuring new nursing graduates (RN and RPN) will have the opportunity to work full-time in the province. Through this program the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides funding for temporary full-time nursing positions that, based on the needs of and money available to the participating employers, last for a minimum of 12 weeks (3 months) and a maximum of 32 weeks (7.5 months).

YouTube, Twitter and Facebook

Check out ONA’s YouTube channel — YouTube.com/OntarioNurses — and follow ONA on Twitter — Twitter.com/OntarioNurses. Plus, like ONA's Facebook page.

Comments & Suggestions

Nursing student affiliate memberships in ONA is still new. So as you get involved in your union, please share your thoughts and suggestions about what ONA can do for you.

Email: president@ona.org.

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