All MNA committees assume the duties specified in the Bylaws. The Committees meet as appropriate and report their findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors may authorize the Executive Committee to perform such duties as the Board deems expedient between meetings of the Board. This Committee shall meet at the call of the President or upon the written request of three of its members. It shall make a complete report at each meeting of the Board of Directors. Further, the Executive Committee shall prepare job performance evaluations for the Executive Director with input from the Board of Directors.
The Finance Committee shall oversee the finances; evaluate fiscal impact of proposed programs and projects as well as recommend and monitor financial policies.
The Bylaws Committee shall: review the Bylaws of all District Nurses Associations which apply for recognition as constituent associations of MNA and report the findings to the Board whose decision shall be final; solicit and study suggestions for proposed amendments which the committee shall prepare amendments to be submitted to the membership; interpret the Bylaws when adherence to the Bylaws is questioned as a result of development and implementation of policies or procedure.
The Nominating Committee shall seek qualified candidates for MNA offices and submit a ballot to the Board of Directors.
Center for Ethics & Human Rights Committee
The Center for Ethics & Human Rights Committee shall forster high standards of nursing practice; work for the improvement of health for all people; and serve as a resource for all registered nurses in ethical decision-making in advocating for health care.
Ethics & Human Rights Committee Mission and Goals
Continuing Education Approver Committee
The Continuing Education Approver Committee shall review continuing education provider applications to ensure that applicants meeting American Nurses Credentialing Center Committee on Accreditation (ANCC COA) requirements.
Continuing Education Provider Unit
The Maryland Nurses Association’s Continuing Education Provider Unit consists of a Lead Nurse Planner appointed by the Board of Directors (BOD) and District Nurse Planners representing each of the Association’s eight (8) districts. The Provider Unit functions to:
- Establish a communication mechanism that facilitates collaboration with the Maryland Nurses Association Practice and Education Committee to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate continuing educational programs.
- Collaborate with District Nurse Planners to support continuing educational programs that are compliant with the criteria established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC COA).
The Maryland Nurses Association (MNA) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, signifying that educational activities that award contact hours offered through MNA meet national standards for quality continuing nursing education.
Continuing nursing education is an activity designed to enrich the nurse's knowledge of and contributions to quality health care and the pursuit of professional career goals (ANCC, 2015). Continuing nursing education does not include activities intended to assist the nurse to acquire, maintain, and/or increase the level of competence that may be required to fulfill responsibilities specific to the expectations of an employer.
Awarding contact hours is one of the most valued tangible benefits of MNA membership.
The Legislative Committee shall: recommend health care legislation for the State of Maryland; monitor health care legislation in the state; prepare and submit legislative platform for Board of Directors approval; serve as advocates for the MNA legislative platform; and prepare and submit an evaluation of the MNA lobbyist to the Board of Directors. To review a copy of the Legislative Committee's Standing Rules, click here .
The Membership Committee shall identify strategies to increase and retain membership. This Committee shall identify situation/problems and issues within District Nurses Associations which impact membership.
Practice & Education Committee
The Practice and Education Committee (PEC) has restructured and has adopted a broader and more inclusive focus of the needs and educational interests of the nursing community as it relates to the strategic plan of the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA). The PEC functions to do the following:
- Establish a communication mechanism that facilitates collaboration with the MNA Board of Directors, the MNA Continuing Education Provider Unit, organizational affiliates, appropriate specialty organizations, and the Maryland Board of Nursing.
- Establish a mechanism for identifying and accessing experts on particular practice issues to facilitate development of policy statements, white papers, and practice guidelines.
- Analyze trend data related to professional nursing issues and collaborate with the Continuing Education Provider Unit to facilitate development and evaluation of educational programs.
In order to facilitate the work of the PEC, a workgroup structure has been established. Three (3) initial workgroups have been identified. PEC members are asked to commit to one workgroup for a period of two (2) years. The portfolio of each of the workgroups will be sufficiently broad to cover most topics that are considered by the MNA. The following workgroup titles articulate a focus area with potential topics that could be covered:
- Workforce – nursing shortage, nurse staffing, work environment, occupational safety and health
- Practice Policy – focus on issues related to nursing practice and the places where nursing services are provided, APRN issues, quality, evidence based practice
- Education – basic and advanced practice, interdisciplinary education
- Regulation – regulation, accreditation and certification
The PEC seeks to stimulate dialogue within the nursing community-at-large and MNA with the goal being to create a nimble, stable structure to address the nursing practice and nursing education goals of the Continuing Education Provider Unit, the Practice and Education Committee, and MNA.