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Creating a Healthier Delaware Through the Art and Science of Nursing

Bringing Delaware Nurses Together Since 1911

For over 100 years, the Delaware Nurses Association has supported, grown, and advocated for the nursing profession and health of those we serve. Our goal is to move nursing forward so we can achieve healthier communities for all Delawareans. We apply innovative solutions to address today's healthcare challenges and work collaboratively to advance our mission.


Strengthen the nursing profession.


Shape the future of healthcare through innovations in nursing.


Innovation. Enhance the value of nursing and healthcare.

Advocacy. A Strong, collaborative voice to advance the profession.

Belonging. Intentional inclusivity.

Excellence. Uphold professional integrity.

We Advocate for:

  • the improvement of health standards and the availability of healthcare for the people of Delaware;
  • safe, efficient, and excellent patient and client care; 
  • the economic and general welfare and safety of nurses; and
  • the human rights related to healthcare.

We Promote Excellence in Nursing by fostering:

  • nursing innovation;
  • nursing research;
  • nursing education;
  • the professional development of Delaware nurses;
  • adherence to the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, Scope & Standards of Practice, and Social Policy Statement; and
  • leadership in Delaware nursing.

We Advance our Mission by:

  • influencing the legislative and executive branches of government;
  • affiliating with congruent organizations;
  • providing public education and speaking to advance nursing and the provision of health care; and
  • maintaining meaningful and relevant communication with members, affiliated organizations, and non-members through publications.

Delaware Nurses Association History

The Delaware Nurses Association was founded and incorporated in April 1919 as the "Delaware State Association of Graduate Nurses."

In 1951, the Association changed its' name from "Delaware State Association of Graduate Nurses" to "Delaware State Nurses Association." 

In 1958, the Association changed its' name to "Delaware Nurses' Association."

Preserving and Celebrating Delaware Nursing History

The Delaware Nurses Association is the only association charged with preserving and celebrating all of Delaware's nursing history. We partner with the Historical Society of Delaware (Wilmington) to preserve, maintain, and archive nursing history through a robust collection. We also maintain a small collection of nursing history memorabilia at the Association's office in Newark. 

Donations: the Association welcomes individual or organizational donations of nursing memorabilia to be preserved in our collections.

Please email or call the association and we will be happy to coordinate your donation and/or grant access to review nursing history items for research, publications, recognition, and more. 

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Delaware Nurses Association 

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4765 Ogletown Stanton Road, Suite L10 | Newark, DE 19713

Phone: (302) 733-5880 Organizational Affiliates

   Delaware Emergency Nurses Association

   - Delaware State Affiliate - American College of Nurse-Midwives

   - Delaware Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

   - Delaware Association of Nurse Anesthetists

   - Black Nurses Rock Delaware Chapter, Inc.


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