Tips from our Star Recruiters

  • Try to meet new employees during an orientation to the workplace.
  • After explaining the union benefits to a non-member, ask them to sign up then and there and offer to send the application form to the NSWNA yourself.
  • The NSWNA has developed a recruitment kit and video to help explain the benefits of joining the union. Use these resources when approaching a non-member.
  • If a non-member refuses to join first time around, talk to them again once they’ve seen the positive results of union action.
  • Never assume that your colleague or friend is a member of the Association. It’s always best to ask them, and if they are not, invite them to become a member. Nurses often say that they have wanted to belong to the Association but have just never been invited to join!
  • In larger facilities, it’s important to identify an activist in every ward or unit who will talk to new nurses about the benefits of the Association. It is important to cover not only day shifts, but nights and weekends, as well.
  • Branch officials are encouraged to gain access to orientation programs in order to talk to newly employed nurses.
  • Have a membership drive. The Association’s Member Organising and Enforcement Team (MOET) is always happy to talk to you about recruiting tips, and will be happy to sponsor a BBQ, morning or afternoon tea and/or provide your branch/workplace with promotional items that will assist in attracting existing and new members to branch meetings or events.
  • Another way is to ask MOET to book an ‘Association Comes to the Workplace’ visit to your workplace. These are great opportunities for branch officials to raise their profiles across the workplace.
  • Call 8595 1234 (metro) or 1300 367 962 for more tips and information about recruiting new members, application forms and copies of the NSWNA recruitment kit and video.

Recruit new members and win
$20 for every new member you sign up. Sign up five new members and you get $100; sign up 20 new members and get $400. For more information about the NSWNA Recruitment Incentive Scheme: email Lynne Ridge on

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Members are the Union

Linda Kelly (left), Nurse Educator at Concord Repatriation Hospital, has recruited 202 new members to the NSWNA.

‘When talking to young or new nurses I think it’s important to personalise the branch at the local level, to make it real for them, the gains we’ve achieved for them locally and the influence we can have on our profession through the Annual Conference on strengthening the award and wider social issues like Medicare access, the Iraq war and refugees. Our ability to successfully negotiate awards and conditions depends on membership and, as I always remind them, the members are the Union.

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Union membership is insurance at work
Ann Conning, RN at Gosford Hospital, has recruited 130 new members to the NSWNA.

‘The Orientation sessions are the key to healthy membership, especially recruitment drives with the Association’s support. It’s important to demonstrate all the benefits of membership. Would you drive a car without rego and insurance? If not, then why would you work on a hospital ward without proper professional and legal support? When people ring for help now I always ask if they’re a member first. On walk-arounds I used to find it amazing how many nurses said they’d been meaning to join so I always carried membership forms and got them to do it on the spot – even if they didn’t have all the necessary information the Association could call them back later.