The NYS ID/DD Nurses Association is a state level 'not-for-profit' organization. It was established in 1984 and incorporated in 1990. The association's primary purpose is to promote the professional development of nurses interested in individuals who are intellectually and/or developmentally disabled. Association goals include: educational opportunities, information sharing through networking with nurses across the state, and research.
The elected offices of the association include that of president, president elect, recording secretary, corresponding secretary and treasurer. An election of officers occurs annually along with a statewide conference and membership meeting.
The association established zones (see zone map) to facilitate and encourage local participation. Each zone determines its own structure based on the needs and interests of members. Zones elect officers or chairpersons, and appoint representatives to the association's executive board. They conduct meetings and educational programs for professional development and to foster networking among ID/DD nurses. A percentage of each member's annual dues is returned to zones to help fund activities.
The association's executive board consists of the elected officers, standing committee chairpersons, zone presidents/chairpersons, zone treasurers and zone representatives. The executive board addresses the regular business of the association and meets at least three times per year.
The standing committees of the association include: website, nominating, educational program development, newsletter, and membership committees. A special committee is convened every five years to review the bylaws.
Full membership is open to all registered professional and licensed practical nurses.
Associate, non-voting membership is open to full time RN or LPN students who are not employed and inactive nurses (retired or unemployed).
Be part of a supportive network for nurses interested in the ID/DD nursing specialty.
Members come from all corners of the state and a variety of settings within the ID/DD specialty including: