In January 2017, ANA-Maine, New Hampshire Nurses Association, ANA-New York, ANA-Rhode Island, and ANA-Vermont established the Northeast Multistate Division of ANA (NEMSD). NEMSD is a shared services business model that allows the State Nurses Associations (SNA) to improve efficiencies and costs by streamlining resources, tools and technologies.
“The establishment of the NEMSD is a win for all (SNAs) involved. It allows each state to strengthen both its financial and support systems by shared services, while retaining each state’s unique identity and governance,” states incoming NEMSD Leader, Christine Ryan. “It should be an exciting future for all (SNAs).
A primary function of the NEMSD is to support the states’ nurses by providing quality continuing nursing education (CNE) that meets the national standards established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC/COA).
The most significant shared resource for the states involved is the creation of the Northeast Multistate Division Continuing Nursing Education Unit (NEMSD CNE Unit). As a unified CNE Unit the NEMSD will streamline applications, combine resources, and establish better communication flow with its continuing nursing education applicants – both individual activity clients and approved providers.
In addition to education, the NEMSD will focus on advocacy, enhancing membership, and overall professional development. The NEMSD has opened its offices in New York at 2113 Western Avenue, #3, Guilderland, NY 12084. The NEMSD will also be supported by the ANA and its capabilities and support systems.
“The establishment of this new model is a culmination of four years of working with the American Nurses Association to provide a business entity that will guarantee "success" for these State Nurses Associations,” says Executive Director, Donna Policastro.