The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is the largest, most effective union for registered nurses in Michigan. Through collective bargaining, nurses are involved at every table where decisions are made that concern their practice. As the voice for all registered nurses in Michigan, MNA advocates for nurses and their patients at the State Capitol, in the community, and at the bargaining table.
In the workplace, MNA has helped nurses in health care systems across the state join together to form a union. Nurses represented by MNA have been successful in gaining greater control over their practice, their time and their lives.
MNA contracts address both economic issues, such as pay and benefits, and nursing practice issues. MNA nurses have negotiated contracts to eliminate mandatory overtime, set safe and appropriate nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, reduce exposure to hazardous materials, and establish precedent-setting lifting guidelines to protect themselves and their patients.
In December 2009, MNA took a bold step forward and was a catalyst in creating the National Nurses United (NNU), joining the California Nurses Association/NNOC and the United American Nurses. Overnight, the new national nurses union boasted over 155,000 members. MNA has played a decisive role in joining with NNU to tackle the big issues on a nationwide basis, standing for nursing rights, and advocating for patients in bold new ways.
There has never been a better time to be energized about the future of nursing.
Together, nurses are changing their workplaces so that there are enough nurses for the patients, no nurse is forced into working overtime, and back injuries become few and far between. MNA is taking a stand against the flood of health care administrators who try to shove nurses into boxes where they have no say in their practice. Together, MNA-NNU will change nursing in America forever.
The Michigan Nurses Association will be the association of choice to which every nurse belongs.
The mission of the MNA is to represent its members, and to promote and advocate for registered professional nurses, nursing practice, and quality patient outcomes.
This mission shall be unrestricted by considerations of age, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity, health status, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation
MNA has a commitment to champion and enhance:
- The profession of nursing
- Standards of nursing practice, education and research
- Systematic attention to human rights, concerns of nurses and health care consumers
- Quality patient outcomes
- Diversity among its members and staff
- The economic and general welfare of registered nurses and other health care employees
- Legislative initiatives that move the agenda of nursing forward
- The development and implementation of educational opportunities for its members
- An association environment that attracts and retains members through the provision of benefits and services of interest.