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. GCNA also sponsors an annual Career Fair as a service to nursing students and the nursing community. The success of this event is greatly due to the enthusiasm and efforts put forth by the Career Fair Committee. Joining a committee is a great way to get to know your colleagues and your organization.

GCNA June District Meeting

Registration for the GCNA Fall District Meeting on Tuesday June 6, 2017 is open.

In October of this year the biennial ONA convention will be held. The primary topic to be considered by the House of Delegates is a major plan to reorganize ONA which could have dramatic effects on the future of the ONA and therefore GCNA.

ONA CEO Lori Chovanak will be a guest at the meeting to review the reorganization plan, answer questions and hear the concerns of GCNA members.

This is a meeting that concerns the future of your local professional organization and one you do not want to miss.

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

Reservations are due by Thursday June 1, 2017 and space is limited so be sure and make your reservation early. Click here for more details.

GCNA at the Tri-C Job Fair

GCNA members Amanda Thomas and Judy Beeler at the Tri-C Job fair on December 16, 2015. Judy and Amanda are also members of the GCNA Board of Directors. Photo taken by GCNA President Gerry Pangrac.

GCNA at the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland

GCNA member Judy Beeler, GCNA Treasurer Meghan Ramic and GCNA President Khaliah Fisher-Grace share the benefits of a career in nursing with members of local Boys and Girls Club at a career event on  August 25, 2015