1 MISSOURI NURSES ASSOCIATION BYLAWS AMENDED OCTOBER 25, 2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS ARTICLE/SECTION PAGE Philosophy and Preamble... 1 I. Title, Purposes, and Functions... 1 II. Relationship of MONA and ANA... 1 III. Membership and Affiliations MONA Membership Organizational Affiliate... 3 IV. Structure Regional Nurses Association Composition Responsibilities Regional Viability Dissolution... 4 V. Membership Assembly Composition Responsibilities Meetings Elections Committees of the Assembly Bylaws... 5 VI. Board of Directors Composition Responsibilities Authority Accountability Terms Installation Vacancies Meetings Quorum Meeting Attendance President Immediate Past President Vice President of Advocacy Vice President of Communication Vice President of Finance Practice Director Education Director Member Services Director Chief Executive Officer Standing Committees of the Board... 8 VII. Fiscal Year... 9 VIII. Official Publication... 9 IX. Parliamentary Authority... 9 Provisos... 9
2 MISSOURI NURSES ASSOCIATION BYLAWS PHILOSOPHY The Missouri Nurses Association believes that professional nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities; prevention of illness and injury; alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities and populations.* Professional nursing s scope of practice is dynamic and continually evolving, characterized by a flexible boundary responsive to the changing needs of society and the expanding knowledge of applicable theoretical and scientific domains. REFERENCE * AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION, NURSING; A SOCIAL POLICY STATEMENT, PREAMBLE The vision of the Missouri Nurses Association is to be the one strong voice for all Missouri nurses. The mission of Missouri Nurses Association is to promote, protect and enhance registered professional nursing practice through advocacy, education, collaboration and partnership. ARTICLE I. TITLE, PURPOSES, AND FUNCTIONS Section 1. Title The name of the Association shall be the Missouri Nurses Association, hereinafter referred to as MONA. Section 2. Purposes The purposes of MONA shall be to act and speak for the nursing profession and Missouri s professional nurses and to promote and enhance safe and accountable professional nursing practice: a. Work for the improvement of health standards and the availability and accessibility of health care services for all people. b. Foster high standards of nursing. c. Stimulate and promote the professional development of nurses and advance practice opportunities to fully utilize education and skills within the scope of nursing practice. d. Promote and protect the practice of professional nursing. e. Provide the leading forum for contemporary nursing issues in Missouri. These purposes shall be unrestricted by considerations of age, color, creed, disability, gender, health status, lifestyle, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or as defined by the American Nurses Association (ANA) bylaws. Section 3. Functions The functions of the MONA shall be to: a. Promote adherence to standards of nursing practice, nursing education and nursing services as established by the ANA, hereinafter referred to as ANA. b. Promote adherence to the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses. c. Initiate and influence legislation, governmental programs and public health policy in Missouri and nationally. d. Advocate on behalf of Registered Nurses. e. Promote and provide continuing education and professional development of nurses. f. Support systematic study, evaluation, and research in nursing which ultimately leads to evidence based practice. g. Represent professional nursing and nurses in Missouri in the ANA and related entities, including allied, professional, community and governmental groups and the public. h. Provide for representation in the ANA Membership Assembly. i. Provide benefits to members of MONA. j. Engage in a mentoring relationship with the Missouri Nursing Students Association to support the development of future members and nurse leaders. k. Support registered nurses as active consumer advocates in the healthcare arena. l. Serve as the social network for nurses in Missouri by collecting, analyzing and disseminating information relevant to nursing. m. Protect and promote the advancement of human rights related to healthcare and nursing. ARTICLE II. RELATIONSHIP OF MONA AND ANA As a Constituent Member Association (CMA) of the ANA, the relationship of MONA to ANA shall be to: a. Maintain membership in ANA by meeting the qualifications for membership. b. Send representatives to ANA Membership Assembly, the number being specified by ANA. c. Abide by the contractual arrangements between MONA and ANA. d. Ensure harmony with the purposes, functions and bylaws of ANA. e. Submit nominees for elected offices and appointed positions as requested. f. Maintain affiliation with ANA until such time a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the full member votes to disaffiliate from the ANA.
3 ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP AND AFFILIATIONS Section 1. MONA Membership a. Definition Registered professional nurses who are individual members and also belong to ANA and direct members are herein after referred to as MONA members. b. Qualifications A member is one who: 1. Shall be unrestricted by consideration of age, color, creed, disability, gender, health status, lifestyle, nationality, race, religion sexual orientation, gender identity, or as defined by the American Nurses Association (ANA) bylaws. 2. Resides or works within the state of Missouri. 3. Has been granted a license to practice as a registered nurse in at least one state, territory, or the District of Columbia of the United States and does not have a license under suspension or revocation in a state, or is otherwise entitled by law to practice. c. Types of Membership include Full, MONA Direct, Dual, and Honorary. 1. Full member is a member of MONA and ANA and has the right to: a. Seek election to office or be appointed to positions within MONA, MONA Regions, and ANA. b. Vote in MONA elections including electing state representatives to ANA Membership Assembly. c. Vote on all matters of business coming before the Membership Assembly at MONA Biennial or Special Meetings when in attendance. d. Attend the ANA Membership Assembly, Conventions and other unrestricted ANA activities. e. Attend the Congress of International Council of Nurses. f. Attend MONA Membership Assembly. 2. MONA Direct member is one who meets all qualifications of membership and is a full member of MONA except the right to serve as a MONA President, Vice President of Advocacy, or ANA representative. The direct member shall not vote for state president or representatives to the ANA Membership Assembly. The direct member has no member status with ANA or entitlement to representation at the ANA Membership Assembly. The direct member has the right to: a. Receive all communications, publications, benefits, services and programs of MONA. b. Participate and seek appointed positions within MONA. c. Seek elected positions at the regional level and state level (except MONA President). d. Vote for Regional officers including Regional Chair. e. Vote on state-level matters of business coming before the MONA Membership Assembly. f. Attend MONA Membership Assembly meetings with voice on all matters and vote on state level matters. 3. Dual Member is one who belongs to MONA as well as another ANA Constituent Member state association. Primary membership must be declared in one of the states. a. If MONA is declared the primary state, then the dual member shall be assessed dues for ANA, MONA and a MONA region with full members rights. b. If MONA is declared as the secondary state, the dual member then joins a MONA Region and is assessed MONA regional dues with all full members rights accorded a MONA direct member. 4. Honorary Membership may be conferred on long standing members or other designated persons according to the policy of MONA established by the MONA Board of Directors which sets forth the rights enjoyed by the honorary member. e. Membership Obligations 1. The MONA/ANA member shall have the obligation to: a. Uphold the bylaws of MONA and the bylaws of ANA. b. Abide by the Code of Ethics for Nurses adopted by the ANA House of Delegates. c. Pay dues as required by MONA and ANA. d. Fulfill the requirements of an office or committee if elected or appointed. 2. Failure to comply with these membership obligations may result in disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the MONA Board of Directors. f. ANA/MONA Membership Dues 1. ANA Dues a. Increases in ANA dues are automatically added to the dues of the full members. b. The member notification and approval process regarding ANA dues increases are the responsibility of ANA. 2. MONA Dues a. The full amount (100%) of the MONA annual dues for the members shall be reviewed annually and determined by the Board of Directors and approved by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Membership Assembly. b. The full member shall also be assessed ANA and regional dues.
4 c. The MONA direct member shall also be assessed regional dues (no ANA dues). d. The Dual member dues are assessed based on their election of: 1.) Missouri primary membership will pay ANA, MONA, and regional dues. 2.) Missouri secondary membership will pay MONA and regional dues. e. Members shall be notified in writing of any proposal to change the dues by more than twenty (20) percent of the MONA member dues rate at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the proposal is to be voted upon. f. Members shall forfeit their rights if dues are not paid. g. Members who qualify for one of the following categories may elect to pay Reduced Full Membership dues - fifty (50) percent of the annual dues: 1.) Not currently employed; 2.) Full time student, enrolled in nine (9) or more credits; 3.) New graduate from basic nursing education program, within one (1) year after graduation (first membership year only); or 4.) Sixty-two (62) years of age or over and not earning more than the Social Security system allows without reduction in benefits. h. Members who qualify for one of the following categories may elect to pay Special Full Membership dues - twenty-five (25) percent of the annual dues: 1.) Sixty-two (62) years of age or over and not currently employed; or 2.) Totally disabled. 3. Members who have paid in full for the year shall not be refunded monies or have additional monies collected when a change in dues category is made within a membership year. 4. Membership year shall be for twelve (12) consecutive months from joining month. 5. Other discounted dues not previously defined may be adopted by a majority vote of the MONA Board of Directors, although such discount will not be recognized by ANA, and MONA shall be responsible for remitting the full proportional amount due to the national organization. Section 2. Organizational Affiliate a. An Organizational Affiliate (OA) of MONA is a nursing or health related organization meeting criteria established by the MONA Board of Directors and has been granted organizational affiliate status. The OA pays MONA a fee established by the Board of Directors. Each OA shall be entitled to: 1. Two (2) registered nurse participants who shall each have a voice and vote in the MONA Membership Assembly and on all matters in the MONA Membership Assembly except the setting of membership dues, action on bylaws and the election of officers, representatives to the ANA Membership Assembly, and nominating committee members. 2. Submit the names of registered nurse representatives qualified for appointment to serve on the Advocacy and Nursing Practice Committees, in addition to ad hoc groups, task forces and/or committees. 3. Receive MONA publications, MONA member benefits, and access to the members only section of the MONA website for all members of the affiliate organization. Each OA shall: 1. Maintain a mission and purpose harmonious with the purposed and functions of MONA. 2. Make informational reports in their area of expertise to the MONA Board of Directors. ARTICLE IV. STRUCTURE Section 1. Regional Nurses Association (RNA) Regional Nurses Associations (RNAs) are the basic structural units through which MONA members participate in MONA. The RNA bylaws are to be maintained in harmony with the bylaws of MONA. The RNA shall have the authority to establish an organization that is a constituent unit of MONA. The RNA has the authority, delegated by the MONA Board of Directors, to: a. Establish a governance structure. b. Adopt and maintain regional bylaws approved by the MONA Bylaws Committee. c. Elect a chair. d. Participate in the activities of MONA including meetings of the Membership Assembly. e. Promote activities that facilitate MONA's mission and goals. f. Maintain functions and purposes in harmony with those of MONA. g. Establish chapters that function within the region in harmony with the RNA bylaws. h. Facilitate communications to and from the MONA Board of Directors and other structural units as needed. Section 2. Composition The MONA Board of Directors shall determine the number of regions. Boundaries of RNAs shall be defined by the Board and may be changed by a majority vote of the Board.
5 Section 3. Responsibilities The RNAs shall: a. Maintain a Regional Executive Committee 1. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the business of the region. 2. Each region shall have a minimum of five (5) members on the Executive Committee composed of a chair, vice chair, secretary/treasurer, and two (2) members at large. RNAs may expand this body in their bylaws. 3. Regional Elections: a. The chair and members at large shall be elected in the even numbered years to serve a term of two (2) years or until their successors are elected. b. The vice chair and the secretary/treasurer shall be elected in the odd numbered years to serve a term of two (2) years or until their successors are elected. c. No member of the Executive Committee may serve in the same office for more than two (2) consecutive terms. d. Election results and a current list of all regional officers shall be reported to the MONA Board of Directors within thirty (30) days of the election by the Regional Secretary/Treasurer. e. Vacancies shall be filled by the Executive Committee of the Region. f. Regional secretary/treasurer shall submit bylaws to MONA after approval by the RNA. b. Submit reports to MONA as requested. c. Present issues and concerns pertinent to its regional members to MONA. d. Disseminate information to its regional members and the nursing community including MONA purposes and programs. Section 4. Regional Viability A RNA that is unable to meet the requirements of the MONA bylaws, or for other causes deemed sufficient by the MONA Board of Directors, will come under the direction of the MONA CEO and Board of Directors who shall assist the region to regain and maintain viability. In the event viability cannot be reestablished, the MONA Board of Directors, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, may agree to recommend dissolution of a Region to the Annual Membership Meeting of the Region if: a. The MONA Board of Directors and Region mutually agree that there is no reason for the Regions continuance, or; b. The MONA Board of Directors finds that the Region has failed to carry out its responsibilities or conform to its regional bylaws or the policies and positions for MONA. Section 5. Dissolution A RNA that has been dissolved may be reinstated by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the MONA Board of Directors. ARTICLE V. MEMBERSHIP ASSEMBLY Section 1. Composition The Membership Assembly shall be the governing and official voting body of MONA and shall be composed of the Board of Directors, MONA members, and designated representatives from organizational affiliates. Section 2. Responsibilities The Membership Assembly shall have the authority and responsibility to: a. Elect board, representative(s) to ANA Membership Assembly, and Nominations Committee members. b. Adopt, amend, revise and maintain MONA bylaws. c. Approve dues of the membership. Section 3. Meetings a. The Membership Assembly shall meet at least biennially in odd numbered years. b. Special meetings may be called by the President at the request of two-thirds (2/3) members of the MONA Board or upon written request by the majority of the RNAs. c. The Board of Directors shall determine the time and place of meetings. d. Notice of Biennial Meetings of the Membership Assembly shall be received by each MONA member at least sixty (60) days prior to the meeting. e. Notice of Special Meetings of the Membership Assembly shall be received by each MONA member at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. f. Five (5) members of the MONA Board of Directors, one (1) of whom shall be the President or Vice President and thirty-five (35) members, which are representatives from a majority of active regions, shall constitute a quorum for transaction of business at any meeting of the Membership Assembly. g. In the event that action needs to be taken by the Membership Assembly and calling a Special Meeting is not practical, action may be taken without a meeting if MONA delivers a written or electronic ballot containing each proposed action with opportunity for all members to vote. 1. Approval by written or electronic ballot pursuant to this section is valid only when the number of votes cast by ballot equals or exceeds the quorum of forty (40) valid returned ballots. 2. Quorum requirements, percentage of vote required for approval, and the deadline for submission must be stated on the ballot.
6 Section 4. Elections a. Nominations 1. The Nominations Committee, in conjunction with the MONA Office, shall seek the names of members qualified and willing to serve as a MONA Officer, representative to the ANA Membership Assembly or serve on the Nominations Committee for the next biennium. The Nominations Committee shall prepare a ballot ideally consisting of at least two (2) nominees for each elected position to be filled. 2. The ballot is to be presented to the MONA Board of Directors no later than sixty (60) days prior to the election. b. Elections 1. The President, Vice President of Advocacy, Vice President of Communication and Vice President of Finance, along with the MONA representative to the ANA Membership Assembly shall be elected by the entire full membership in odd numbered years and the Practice Director, Education Director, and Regional Chairs shall be elected in even numbered years. The term of these officials shall commence January 1 of the next even/odd numbered year respectively and shall continue for two (2) years or until their successors are elected. 2. The Nominee for President, Vice President of Advocacy, Vice President of Communication, Vice President of Finance, Practice Director, Education Director, and Regional Chairs who receive the highest number of votes shall be declared elected. In case of a tie vote, the choice shall be decided by lot. 3. The procedure for electing these officials shall be as follows: a. All elections shall be by secret ballot. Members may vote for persons other than those whose names appear on the ballot by writing in the names of qualified candidates. b. The date for return of ballots shall not be less than ten (10) days after the ballot is received by members eligible to vote. c. Election results shall be reported to the members prior to the year the newly elected officials take office. d. All ballots of the voting body and other records of the election shall be preserved until the next election. 4. Member Services Director shall be a Regional Chair elected by majority vote of the Regional Chairs following the regional elections in even numbered years. In case of a tie vote, the choice shall be decided by lot. c. ANA Membership Assembly MONA is entitled to representation at Membership Assembly of ANA. 1. ANA shall certify to MONA the number of representatives to which MONA is entitled based on action of the ANA Membership Assembly. 2. All representatives to ANA Membership Assembly and special meetings shall be elected by the membership. 3. The MONA President by virtue of the election to office, shall serve as an ANA representative. 4. ANA representatives shall be elected to serve for two (2) years or until their successors are elected. 5. Vacancies in the MONA delegation shall be filled by alternates in order of highest number of votes received. An elected representative who cannot attend a session of the Membership Assembly will be replaced by an alternate for that event, but will retain the position of elected representative for the remainder of the term unless they resign or cannot fulfill the duties of a representative. Section 5. Committees of the Assembly There shall be two (2) Committees of the Assembly: Bylaws and Nominations. a. Bylaws Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members and shall be accountable to the membership. This committee shall: 1. Suggest and receive all proposed amendments or revisions to these bylaws. Such proposed amendments, including those required for MONA to be in harmony with the ANA bylaws, shall be submitted to the Membership Assembly for action at the Biennial or Special Meeting of the Membership Assembly. 2. Review, advise, and approve the constitution and/or bylaws of the RNAs in order that these may be kept in harmony with the bylaws of MONA and ANA. b. Nominations Committee shall consist of the regional chair from each region and shall be accountable to the membership. This committee shall: 1. Seek names of members qualified and willing to serve as elected officials of MONA. Individual MONA members may submit their name directly to the Committee or the MONA office for consideration. 2. Submit names to the MONA Office no later than sixty (60) days prior to the election for ballot preparation. Section 6. Bylaws a. Voting The bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of those members present and voting and/or participating in the vote to amend. The vote shall be taken either at any Biennial or Special Meeting of the Membership Assembly or by written or electronic ballot. b. Notice: 1. All bylaws changes must be in the hands of members thirty (30) days before the first day of the Biennial Meeting and ten (10) days before the first day of a Special Meeting of the Membership Assembly or time at which bylaws are to be acted upon.
7 2. These bylaws may be amended without prior notice at any Biennial or Special Meeting of the Membership Assembly by ninety (90) percent of those present and voting. c. Editorial Changes The Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the Bylaws Committee, may make such editorial changes to the bylaws that do not affect their substance and meaning. These changes shall take effect upon such action. d. Adoption A proposed amendment or new bylaw becomes effective when it has been approved, unless otherwise noted with a proviso. ARTICLE VI. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Section 1. Composition The Board of Directors is the corporate body of the MONA, and shall have full power and authority over the affairs of the organization except that of electing officers, representatives to the ANA Membership Assembly and Nominations Committee members; action on bylaws; and establishing dues. The Board of Directors is composed of officers President, Vice President of Advocacy, Vice President of Communication, Vice President of Finance, Practice Director, Education Director, Member Services Director - and each have a voice and vote. Section 2. Responsibilities The responsibilities of the Board of Directors shall be: a. Exercise the corporate responsibility and fiduciary duties of the association consistent with applicable provisions of law. b. Provide for implementation of association policies and positions approved by the MONA Membership Assembly. c. Establish policies and procedures for the transaction of business, coordination of association activities and operation and maintenance of a state headquarters. d. Establish financial policies and procedures, adopt the budget, submit all books annually to a certified public accountant for audit, and present an annual financial statement to the membership and Membership Assembly. e. Establish standing and special committees of the Board as deemed necessary for the performance of its duties and define the purpose and authority of such committees. f. Appoint, define the authority and responsibilities of and perform annual review of the chief executive officer. g. Establish fees for Membership Assembly, specified activities, organizational affiliates and service. h. Establish relationships, collaborations, and affiliations with other organizations and groups. i. Recommend names of persons for each vacancy on the Missouri State Board of Nursing to be submitted to the Governor of Missouri as nominees for appointment. j. Maintain and revise the strategic plan. k. Provide for MONA liaison or representation at meetings of organizations and of public or governmental agencies. l. Oversee the appointment of officers to the Missouri Nurse Foundation (MNF) and function in the capacity as specified in the bylaws of the MNF. m. Appoint members to the Board of Trustees of the MONA Political Action Committee in accordance with their bylaws. n. Establish membership categories, dues rates, and payment options that differ with those of the MONA Membership Assembly for the purpose of retaining and/or increasing membership on a pilot basis. Such pilot program shall not exceed two years. o. Review and determine membership dues annually. Section 3. Authority Authority of the Board of Directors as vested by the Membership Assembly includes the duty and power of acting for the membership in the intervals between meetings of the Membership Assembly, development and implementation of association policies and positions. Section 4. Accountability Accountability and reporting of the Board of Directors shall be to the Membership Assembly. Section 5. Terms The term of office for officers shall be two (2) years or until their successor is elected. No officer shall serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. No member of the Board of Directors shall be eligible to serve more than ten (10) consecutive years in various elected positions. Any member of the Board of Directors who has served more than half a term (12 months) shall be considered to have served a full term (2 years) in office. Section 6. Installation Officers shall be installed at the Biennial or Special Meeting of the Membership Assembly following election and shall perform duties as specified in these bylaws and designated by the MONA Board of Directors. Section 7. Vacancies Vacancies in these offices shall be filled as provided herein: a. In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of President, the Vice President of Advocacy shall serve as President until the adjournment of the next Biennial or Special Meeting of the Membership Assembly or until a successor is elected.
8 b. In the event of a vacancy in the office of any of the Vice President offices, the Board of Directors shall fill the vacancy by appointment until a successor is determined in the next regular election. Section 8. Meetings a. Meetings shall be held immediately preceding and following each Biennial or Special Meeting of the Membership Assembly of MONA at the place where the Biennial or Special Meeting of the Membership Assembly is held and at such other times and places as shall be determined by action of the Board of Directors. b. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or upon written request of five (5) or more members of the MONA Board of Directors with ten (10) days notice to each member of the Board. Special meetings shall be held at such time and place as may be specified in the notice. c. In the intervals between regular meetings of the Board of Directors, the MONA President may refer and submit to the members of the Board of Directors definite questions relating to the affairs of MONA, which, in the opinion of the President, require immediate action on the part of the Board of Directors. The result of such a referendum, which requires a majority vote of the Board of Directors, shall determine the action of MONA and its Board of Directors. Section 9. Quorum A majority of the MONA Board members, including the President or Vice President of Advocacy, shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the board. Section 10. Meeting Attendance Any officer or board member who is absent from two (2) consecutive meetings of the Board of Directors, without just cause, may forfeit membership from the Board. Section 11. President The President shall be chair of the Board of Directors. In addition, the President shall: a. Preside at all meetings of MONA and conduct them by a formal order of business. b. Serve as the official representative and spokesperson of MONA on matters of policy and position. c. Deliver a Membership Assembly address and perform all duties of the office. d. Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees, except the Nominations Committee. e. Serve as a representative of MONA at meetings of the Membership Assembly of ANA. In case of inability to attend, an alternate may be appointed. f. Serve as a representative of MONA at the ANA Membership Assembly. Section 12. Immediate Past President The immediate past President is the individual who has finished the most recent term as President and may assume, for one year, ex-officio status without vote on the Board of Directors at the time the newly elected President takes office. The immediate past President may: a. Attend Board meetings. b. Consult with the President as needed. c. Advise without vote on the Board of Directors. Section 13. Vice President of Advocacy The Vice President of Advocacy, in the absence of the President, shall assume the duties of the President. a. Serve as Chair of the Advocacy Committee. b. Serve as a representative of MONA at the ANA Membership Assembly if the President is unable to fulfill this duty. c. Serve as a representative of MONA for any state, multi-state or national meeting, requiring representation, if the President is unable to fulfill this duty; therefore, the direct members shall not have the right to serve as the Vice President of Advocacy, nor vote for that office. Section 14. Vice President of Communication The Vice President of Communication shall: a. Keep the minutes of all meetings of MONA and the Board of Directors; and at such times as the President of MONA presides. b. With the MONA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or designee: 1. Notify all members of their election or appointment. 2. Send to the Secretary of ANA the names and addresses of all officers immediately following election. 3. Send notices of the time and place of all meetings. 4. Keep an accurate record of the names and addresses of all members of MONA. c. Ensure that an ongoing comprehensive communication plan is developed, implemented, and evaluated for the purpose of maintaining open and consistent communication with the MONA membership. Section 15. Vice President of Finance The Vice President of Finance shall serve as the Chair of the Finance Committee. The Vice President of Finance shall with the MONA CEO or designee:
9 a. Receive and have charge of all funds of MONA, deposit such funds in a bank designated by the Board of Directors, and provide for the expenditure of such funds. b. Report to the Board of Directors the financial standing of MONA whenever requested to do so and make a full report to the Membership Assembly at each Biennial or Special Meeting of the Membership Assembly. c. Keep an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements and give a written report at meetings of the Board of Directors and Membership Assembly. d. Insure a bond, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, and submit all books of account for audit as specified by the Board of Directors. Section 16. Practice Director The Practice Director shall serve as the Chair of the Practice Committee. The Practice Director will influence nursing professional practice issues and nursing policy covering a broad range of health care settings, specialties, nursing roles and practice challenges. Section 17. Education Director The Education Director shall serve as a liaison between the MONA Board of Directors and the CE Approver and CE Provider Units. Section 18. Member Services Director The Member Services Director will serve as the liaison between the MONA Board of Directors and the MONA Regions. Section 19. Chief Executive Officer The Board of Directors shall delegate to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or designee the authority to manage the association according to policies and positions established by the MONA Membership Assembly and the Board of Directors. a. The CEO shall be accountable to the Board of Directors. b. The CEO shall employ, direct, evaluate and promote or terminate staff of the association. c. The CEO may represent the association and serve as spokesperson on matters of established policies and positions. Section 20. Standing Committees of the Board a. Standing Committees shall be a structural unit of the MONA Board and assume such duties as are specified in these bylaws and such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors. 1. Committees, other than Committees of the Assembly, are accountable to the Board of Directors and shall report when requested to do so. 2. Members of MONA and of the Missouri Nursing Student Association as well as organizational affiliates may attend committee meetings as guests. b. The President, with approval of the Board of Directors, shall have the authority to appoint such special ad hoc or other committees as deemed necessary or expedient to the business of MONA. The Board shall define their purpose and functions. c. Special Interest Groups (SIG) may be established and dissolved by the Board of Directors by recommendation of the specialty area of practice. d. The quorum for the committees shall consist of the chair and two (2) members. e. Absence without good cause from two (2) consecutive meetings of a committee shall constitute a resignation, and the vacancy shall be filled as provided for in these bylaws. f. The following standing committees shall be appointed at or immediately after each Biennial or Special Meeting of the Membership Assembly to serve a two year term, or until their respective successors are appointed: Continuing Education Approver Unit Continuing Education Provider Unit Finance Committee Advocacy Committee Practice Committee Recent Graduate Committee Missouri Council on Advanced Practice MONA members must consent to serve to be on a committee. 1. Continuing Education Approver Unit shall consist of at least five (5) members. This committee shall: a. Implement a peer review process utilizing the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation criteria for approval of nursing continuing education activities. b. Provide a mechanism for verification of quality for continuing education programs. c. Encourage nurses to maintain and improve knowledge and skills for professional practice. d. Foster availability and accessibility of continuing education programs throughout the state. 2. Continuing Education Provider Unit shall consist of at least five (5) members. The committee shall: a. Advance the practice of nursing by disseminating new knowledge through MONA developed continuing education opportunities which meet the criteria established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. b. Provide a mechanism for verification of quality for continuing education programs.
10 c. Encourage nurses to maintain and improve knowledge and skills of professional practice. d. Foster availability and accessibility of continuing education programs throughout the state. e. Develop a total continuing education program for MONA. 3. Finance Committee shall consist of at least five (5) members. The Vice President of Finance shall serve as chair of this committee. This committee shall: a. Approve the annual budget prepared by the MONA staff and present the budget to the MONA Board for adoption. b. Advise and report the expenditure of funds to the Board of Directors. 4. Advocacy Committee shall consist of at least five (5) members. The Vice President of Advocacy shall serve as chair of this committee. This committee shall: a. Study the need for legislative action. b. Study proposed federal, state and local legislation for its implications for nurses, nursing, and health. c. Develop and implement a state legislative agenda with the approval of the Board of Directors. d. Advise the Board of Directors on legislative matters. e. Assume such other duties as shall be assigned by the Board of Directors. 5. Practice Committee shall consist of at least five (5) members. The Practice Director shall serve as chair of this committee. This committee shall: a. Promote implementation of professional, ethical, and legal nursing standards within clinical, educational, and administrative areas of nursing. b. Collaborate with the specialty nursing organizations and other coalitions as appropriate on matters of nursing practice and concerns in areas of health care. c. Address nursing practice concerns and issues of health care consumers and professionals. d. Promote evidence based practice through incorporation of nursing research findings into nursing practice. 6. Recent Graduate Committee shall consist of a minimum of three (3) members who are recent graduates (graduated and licensed within the last five years). The committee shall: a. Provide a forum for recent graduates to network regarding practice and legislative issues. b. Promote leadership among recent graduates in the professional association. 7. Missouri Council on Advanced Practice is an organization of Missouri Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) that operates within the formal structure of MONA. The committee shall: a. Nurture, enhance and promote the role of APRNs in their delivery of primary healthcare in a variety of clinical settings. b. Educate and promote APRNs as healthcare policy makers. c. Provide educational opportunities for the professional growth and development of APRNs. d. Foster networking opportunities among members. e. Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration with other professional groups. f. Promote activities that enhance the visibility of the APRN role in Missouri. g. Promote and support APRN chapters throughout Missouri. ARTICLE VII. FISCAL YEAR The fiscal year of MONA shall be the calendar year. ARTICLE VIII. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION The Missouri Nurse shall be the official news periodical of MONA unless replaced by another and shall be provided to each individual member. ARTICLE IX. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, shall govern meetings of MONA with the exception of instances where there may be inconsistency with these bylaws. In this event, these bylaws will prevail. PROVISOS APPROVED AT MEMBERSHIP ASSEMBLY Nominations Committee, Proviso #1: The Nominations Committee as elected in 2013 will serve a one year term serving from January 1, 2014 to December 31, On January 1, 2015 the newly elected Regional Chairs will take on the additional duty of serving as the Nominations Committee member for their respective region. Board of Directors VP of Advocacy, VP of Communication, VP of Finance, Proviso #2: On January 1, 2014 the following positions will be renamed to comply with the bylaws, if approved: Vice President shall become the Vice President of Advocacy Secretary shall become the Vice President of Communication Treasurer shall become the Vice President of Finance The Vice President of Advocacy will co-chair the Advocacy Committee (formerly known as the Government Affairs Committee) with the current chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee for the biennium January 1, 2014 to December 31, Board of Directors - Practice & Education Directors, Proviso #3: The Practice Director and Education Director will be elected in even numbered years along with the Regional Chairs election. The Practice Director and Education Director will be seated on the MONA BOD as of January 1, 2015 with elections being held in Summer/Fall of Board of Directors - Regional Chairs, Proviso #4: The Regional Chairs shall elect the Member Services Director to serve on the Board of Directors by majority vote of the Regional Chairs in The Member Services Director shall serve a one year term on the board of directors from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
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