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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.


To improve healthcare in Delaware by the advancement of nursing.


To shape the future of healthcare and promote innovations in nursing by:

Advocating 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.

Promoting 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.

Advancing 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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1704 W Newport Pike, #6239 | Wilmington, DE 19804

Phone: (302) 733-5880 Organizational Affiliates

   - Delaware Organization for Nursing Leadership

   - Delaware Emergency Nurses Association

   - Delaware State Affiliate - American College of Nurse-Midwives

   - Delaware Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

   - Delaware Association of Nurse Anesthetists


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