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Manuscript Group 529
(35.5 cubic feet)

The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association was established in 1903 as a professional organization for nurses in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) developed to meet the need of supporting the state’s nurses. The organization operated for 23 years without any state headquarters. In 1926, when the headquarters were developed, the organization really began to flourish. PSNA recruited many new members and began the publication of the quarterly bulletin Penn Points. Because they had a headquarters, PSNA was able to enlarge their board of directors and to solidify the duties of each committee.

PSNA became the Pennsylvania Nurses Association (PNA), and operated for many years as a union for nurses in Pennsylvania. But because nursing is constantly changing, so did the organization. In April of 1998, the members of PNA voted to form two separate and distinct organizations for nurses in the state. July 1, 1998, marked the day that PSNA evolved again and began operating solely as a professional organization for nurses with no collective bargaining services. The PA State Nurses Association continues to act as the professional organization and voice for registered nurses in the state.

In 2004, the association evolved into its new and more aggressive leadership role by making additional changes to better meet the changing needs of registered nurses. In continuing to evolve with the nursing community, the association has also made great strides in delivering timely and relevant information to its membership through increased use of technology and outreach.

The purpose of the PA State Nurses Association is to preserve and advance the identity, integrity and continuity of the profession of nursing, and to serve as the professional organization and the official voice for registered professional nurses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In order to advance the nursing profession, PA Nurses must strive to help support the nurses in the state. Becoming non-union has given PA Nurses more resources so that they can become a stronger voice for nurses.

The collection consists of Bulletins, The Pennsylvania Nurse Journal, Correspondence, News Clippings, Agreements, Conventions and Annual Business Meeting Agendas, Brochures and Minutes, Bargaining Agreements, Business Meeting Minutes, Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Newsletters, Annual Reports, Salary Scales, Bylaws, Legislative Bulletins, Continuing Education Programs and Studies, Pennsylvania Commission for Study of Nursing Education, Annual Meeting Proceedings, Photographs, District Histories, and Jack Barger Scholarships.

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