About SLNA
The Sierra Leone Nurses Association (SLNA) was founded as a professional body in 1961. The Association has been registered as the Sierra Leone member of the International Council of Nursing (ICN) since 1965 and has been a member of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation since 1980.

SLNA is also linked with the Diaspora Sierra Leone Nurses Association Chapters in New York, New Jersey, California and Texas. SLNA works with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Sierra Leone Nurses and Midwives Board, other health agencies, civil society organisations and other partners in advocating for better health for all.

The vision of the SLNA is to seek the interests and welfare of our members in the public and private sectors so they can deliver quality healthcare to the public.

Principal Objectives
  • Advocate for registered nurses and ensure that their employers treat them with dignity.
  • Contribute to the improvement of nursing education and practice.
  • Promote continuous professional development.
  • Promote and facilitate nursing research.

What SLNA Does

Annual Nationwide Tour by SLNA Executive members
Every year members of the Executive Committee travel to each of the 12 districts in Sierra Leone to listen to the issues and concerns of nurses and other health workers. The issues are then channelled to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to be addressed.

Direct dialogue with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS)
SLNA acts as the collective voice of nurses in Sierra Leone through direct dialogue with the government, ensuring that there is an open line of communication with the Directorate of Nursing and the Nurses and Midwives Board.

Formation of Coalitions with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
In times where immediate or direct action is required, SLNA is able to enter into coalitions with other organisations and groups to advocate for the welfare of nurses.

Campaign and Lobby support
The Association runs advocacy campaigns that address the main issues that nurses are currently facing, as well as providing practical tools and support for nurses to improve standards where they work.

Special events
In collaboration with ICN, SLNA organises conferences in celebration of International Nurses Day and runs an annual conferences that focus on current national issues.

Visiting the Secretariat
The Secretariat is based at:
16c Fort Street, Freetown
(P.O. Box 521, Freetown)

The SLNA Secretariat is open from 9.00 - 4.00 pm from Monday to Friday (the office is closed on weekends and National Holidays).

More Information
View Frequently Asked Questions
View Future Visions
View Executive Council
View Useful Contacts

http://commonwealthnurses.org/Images/PDF_Icon.gifView the SLNA Information Handbook

SLNA Meetings

General Meetings

A general Meeting for all members of the Association is held on the last Tuesday of every month at the Faculty of Nursing, Lightfoot Boston Street, Freetown. All members are encouraged to attend and participate at every meeting as issues concerning the welfare and working conditions of Nurses in Sierra Leone are discussed. In order to be inclusive of members in the provincial areas, SLNA will at times host its monthly meeting in another district. Details of venue and time of the changes are publicised at least a week before the meeting date.

Council Meetings
The NEC meets prior to each general meeting to discuss issues to be raised at the general meeting, and to create the agenda for the meeting. Members are encouraged to contact their representatives or members of the NEC about issues and concerns to be raised and discussed at the Council meetings.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)
An Annual General Meeting takes place in the sixth month of each year. The AGM gives members an opportunity to ask questions about issues concerning them. Elections take place once every three years.

Annual Nurses Day Conference and Scientific Symposium
SLNA organises events and conferences, including our annual conference and nursing week workshop, to support personal and professional development and to discuss the latest developments in health care. Topics are specifically selected to cover key issues that affect nurses in their workplace. All SLNA events are assessed by the SLNA Accreditation Unit. Certificates are provided to all delegates who attend SLNA events, demonstrating evidence of the study hours and outcomes achieved.