Mission Statement 

The Greater Cleveland Nurses Association (GCNA) is a dynamic organization whose mission is to work for the improvement of health care for all people in significant and visible ways, to foster high professional standards and to promote the professional development of nurses.


  • GCNA will be seen as the voice of nursing in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties.
  • GCNA will provide services to meet the professional needs of members and potential members.
  • GCNA will influence the health and welfare of the Greater Cleveland Community by endorsing volunteer efforts of members.
  • GCNA will maintain a financially sound organization.

About GCNA

The Greater Cleveland Nurses Association (GCNA) is one of the 27 local Districts of the Ohio Nurses Association. Membership in GCNA/ONA is open to nurses who live or work in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties and offers a multitude of opportunities for information, education, involvement and leadership development.

Involvement in GCNA can take the form of political action – keeping abreast of local and statewide political issues of interest and importance to nurses, and seizing the opportunity to influence local policy makers. GCNA members serve on the Boards of many local or statewide health agencies and volunteer for projects to improve the health status of our local citizens.

GCNA members are kept informed by a variety of methods. Members receive a newsletter, The VOICE, which contains local announcements and news updates related to nursing, the Ohio Nurses Review (Ohio Nurses Association), The American Nurse (published by the American Nurses Association), and a subscription to the American Journal of Nursing. All three levels of the association publish web sites are updated regularly with current information and links to other sites of interest. 

General meetings are held at various locations in the Cleveland area which provide opportunities to meet and socialize with colleagues over dinner, to learn about association activities, to provide input to the Board of Directors and to learn about topics of interest to nursing.

Educational opportunities occur at District Meetings and special events. Some of these events are geared toward members with specific interests and others cover a variety of topics that appeal to the general membership. Most GCNA District Meetings and educational programs have approved contact hours to meet Ohio’s continuing education requirements for nurses.

Many GCNA members take advantage of the opportunity for involvement in the activities of the organization. Members are elected to serve on the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee, but participation in most other structural groups is open to any interested member. GCNA committees (Bylaws, Community Affairs, Membership, and Professional Development) are always looking for new members and insights. 

Registration for the GCNA March 2018 Joint GCNA/CCBN/OLN District Meeting on Tuesday March 13, 2018 is open.

The Greater Cleveland Nurses Association will host the annual joint meeting of GCNA, the Cleveland Council of Black Nurses and the Northeast region of the Ohio League for Nursing on Tuesday March 13, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Rockside Holiday Inn.

The meeting will include dinner, a GCNA business meeting and the CNE program

“Second Victim Phenomenon”  Presented by Natalie Cline, MSN, RN, CMSRN and

Craig Tobias, BSN, RN. Natalie Cline currently is employed as a staff nurse in the Taussig Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic. Craig Tobias is currently the nurse manager of PACU at Lutheran Hospital Cleveland Clinic. Natalie Cline and Craig Tobias have won the award of “Fan Favorite” at the Cleveland Clinic’s Shared Governance poster project day in 2015 and 2016. Natalie has attended the Second Victim Train-the-Trainer Course sponsored by the Center for Patient Safety. This presentation will provide information about “Second Victim Phenomenon” related to defining the phenomenon, recognizing the symptoms, and discuss resources that can support nurses and other healthcare workers.  


In addition we will again be holding a raffle to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs Nursing Scholarship sponsored by GCNA.  Raffle tickets will sell for $1.00/ticket or 6 tickets for $5.00. If you would like to donate a gift basket or other item to be raffled off please contact our office at 216-771-6922 or just bring it to the District Meeting.

Email GCNA at gcna@clevelandnurse.org to make a reservation.

Reservations are due by Thursday March 8, 2018.  Click here for more details.