Benefits of Membership

Listed below are some of the benefits NADONA provides to our members and the long-term care profession.

Champion1-22x28The  National  Association  of  Directors  of  Nursing  Administration/Long  Term  Care  Academy  of  Fellows  is established  to  serve  as  a  forum  for  educational  guidance  and  provision.    Nurse Leaders and Nurse Executives in the long  term care continuum, who  have  achieved  certification  prior  to  the  establishment  of  this  Academy,  may  be  inducted into  the  Academy.    As  Fellows  in  the  Academy  of  Fellows,  the  title,  FACDONA  (Fellow  of  the  Academy  of Certified Directors of Nursing Administration) may be used following their credentials.  To obtain fellowship, the following criteria must be met:

Academy of Fellows Application and Essay Instructions

Academy of Fellows Bio Form 10.05.15

mentorGreat for NEW DONs, this service allows you to speak directly to a veteran DON and get advice or the latest educational materials. This service is provided to members only.

If you are interested, please contact us at!

scholarship-512Apply for the 2022-23 STEPHANIE CARROLL SCHOLARSHIP.  You must currently be enrolled in an accredited school of nursing and have an interest in post-acute and long-term care.  Deadline April 1, 2022

Visit our Webinar Programs page to see the vast array of webinars NADONA has to offer.  We partner with many valuable resources to bring these to you!



We have several certifications available and encourage our members to become certified in their fields of expertise.

  • Certified Director of Nursing Administration/LTC Exam

  • Certified Licensed Practical Nurse in LTC Exam

  • Certified Assisted Living Nurse Prep Course and Exam

  • Diabetic Learning Modules and Certified Diabetic Exam

  • Geriatric Diabetic Professional Certification Exam

  • IP-BC – Infection Prevention Board Certified Certification Exam

  • AS-BC – Antibiotic Stewardship-Board Certified Certification Exam

Visit NADONA at for details!

  Discount on all exams for Corporate Members

Why Attend This Year’s Annual Conference?

Long-term and Post-Acute care are continuously changing. New regulations and guidelines are being implemented in facilities across the country.
Keeping educated and on top of these are a constant challenge for DONs and Nurse Leaders. Communicating with staff and families remains a challenge, and in light of the recent changes, even more important than ever!

The National Conference will provide you with updates on these and other important trends that are, or will be, affecting you, your facilities, and your residents. We will provide ideas on how to relax, take time for yourself and refill your cup. After all, if your cup runs dry, how are you able to assist anyone?


Reasons to Attend

  • 4 days of education focusing on current issues of greatest importance to your residents and facilities, including compliance, clinical practice, reimbursement, leadership, clinical operations and human resources.
  • Over 20 hours of nursing continuing education education credits and administrator continuing education credits.
  • Discussion of survey management investigations dealing with new reimbursement system, while retaining staff and being ethical are several topics to be covered.
  • Networking with key personnel within your state and across the US.
  • Exhibits and product theaters that will highlight new and innovative products and services that can be used throughout your facility.
  • Enjoy the opening night reception on Sunday sponsored by NADONA and cheer on your colleagues at the awards banquet Tuesday afternoon. Both are included in your registration fee.
  • Meet new friends and regenerate and refresh old friendships.


Assisted Living Nurse Certification Prep Course

Pre-Conference Saturday, June 25

This live educational activity will assist nurses, experienced or new in the Assisted Living nurse role, to become familiar with the potential medical conditions of the clients within the Al setting. It will review areas such as HR, incidents & accidents, regulations, medications, skin conditions and many more.

Attendees will be able to sit for the certification exam for Assisted Living (CALN) at the conclusion of the course in New Orleans.  You will be required to bring a laptop to conference if you want to access the exam online.  Paper exam will be available.


Circle of Excellence Award Application

Click here to download the Circle of Excellence Award Application.

Facility DON/ADON must be an active member of NADONA. Zero (0) facilty deficiencies from state or federal survey OR proof of employment at the same facility/community as a Director of Nursing or equivalent for at least 10 years. Evidence must be submitted at time of application.


NADONA Nurse Leader of the Year Nomination Form

Click here to download the NADONA Nurse Leader of the Year Nomination Form. Deadline is April 14, 2022.


Stephanie Carroll Scholarship Application

The 2022-2023 Stephanie Carroll Scholarship Application can be accessed by clicking here.  The deadline date for submission is April 15, 2022.  The scholarship criteria is included on the application.


Nurse Leader, Facility Administrator/Executive Director Letter

Click here to download the letter to share with your Nurse Administrators to attend Conference


Surveyor Template Letter

Click here to download a template letter you can use to alert your surveyor that you will be at the 2022 NADONA Conference on June 25-29, 2022.


Nursing Students!  Volunteer your time and get free registration!

Free registration does not include travel and hotel accommodations. If you are interested in volunteering your time to attend conference, please reach out to the NADONA office via

conference-iconState and National Educational Conferences offering CEs, NAB credits, Clinical symposia, Product Workshops, Exhibitors provide new tools, Networking, Relaxation and Fun!

Watch our Home page or Event Calendar for information!


  • “Like” us on Facebook

  • Join our Linked-In Exclusive Group

  • NURSES LOUNGE – exclusive to NADONA members to interact and exchange ideas, policies and stay apprised of     the latest State Chapter updates

  • ”Members Access” to receive NADONA discounts on policies, manuals, procedures, etc.

  • Lifetime Membership for qualified retired NADONA members

  • Monthly e-newsletter

The Director – NADONA’s quarterly official journal with CE supplements, conference proceedings and conferences are just some of the many educational tools you’ll receive from NADONA/LTC. In addition, professional materials, such as Standards of Practice for Directors of Nursing in LTC, Director of Nursing Field Guide, LPN Field Guide, networking, policies & procedure manuals, e-newsletter and our mentor program.

Must be a member to view our The Director online!

Select Here to Read About McKnight’s

  • Click here to sign up for free subscriptions to McKnight’s Long-Term Care News e-newsletters

  • Click here to sign up for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News print edition

Caring for the Ages is the official newspaper of AMDA and provides post-acute and long-term care professionals with timely and relevant news and commentary about clinical developments and about the impact of health care policy on long-term care medicine.

chamberlainA new educational partnership between NADONA and Chamberlain College of Nursing providing you the opportunity to advance your credentials at a group-specific tuition rate, a 10 percent tuition savings, for online nursing degree programs and options, including:

  • RN to BSN Degree Completion Option
  • RN-BSN to MSN Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program (including FNP)
  • Graduate Certificate Programs
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program

Chamberlain local Healthcare Development Specialists will be reaching out to introduce themselves to you.  In the meantime, you can receive more information about the degree programs and options available and all the new educational partnership benefits at 

Partnership Benefits

  • 10 percent tuition savings for all current and new students
  • Waived application fee
  • Complimentary transcript request service
  • Complimentary official transcript evaluation
  • Dedicated admission team to provide personal assistance throughout your admission process

About Chamberlain

  • Chamberlain College of Nursing has been providing excellence in nursing education for more than 125 years
  • The BSN,MSN and DNP degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791
  • The RN to BSNoption can be completed in as few as 3 semesters
  • MSN practicums can be completed locally or on-site (conditions apply)

Online On Your Time

  • You’ll have 24 hour access to:
    o    Coursework
    o    Library and associated databases
    o    Complimentary tutoring assistance
    o    Academic support designed for online students

For questions please contact:
Rachel Musson, MPH
Senior Healthcare Development Specialist
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Corporate HQ
3005 Highland Parkway
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: 734.330.5949 cell

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