ESTD.IN 1908

Registered under the Societies Act XXI of 1860 in 1917. WWW.TNAIONLINE.ORG

Incorporated in it : Student Nurses' Association, Health Visitors League and Midwives and Auxilliary Nurse-Midwives' Association Affiliated to : Commonwealth Nurses' Federation


THE TRAINED NURSES ASSOCIATION OF INDIA Established 1908 107 Glorious Years of Association Moving ahead with commitment and dedication…


The Trained Nurses’ Association of India (TNAI) is a national organization of nurse professionals at different levels.  It was established in 1908 and was initially known as Association of Nursing Superintendents.
The Government of India has recognized TNAI as a service organization in 1950. A similar recognition by all the State Governments has been an asset to the promotion of its objectives.

Foundation stone for TNAI Headquarters   Inaugurated by Smt. Indira Gandhi laid by Dr. S Radhakrishnan

Upholding every way the

  • Dignity and honour of the nursing profession,
  • Promoting a sense of espirit de corps among all nurses,
  • To advance professional, educational, economic and general welfare of nurses  


  • To enunciate standards of Nursing Education and implement these through appropriate channels.
  • To establish standards and qualifications for nursing practice.
  • To enunciate standards of Nursing Service and implement these through appropriate channels.
  • To establish a code of ethical conduct for practitioners.
  •  To stimulate and promote research designed to enhance
  • To stimulate and promote research designed to enhance the knowledge for evidence-based nursing practice.
  • To promote legislation and to speak for Nurses in regard to legislative action.
  • To promote and protect the economic welfare of Nurses.
  • To provide professional counselling and placement service for Nurses.
  • To provide for the continuing professional development of practitioners.
  • To represent Nurses and serve as their spoke person with allied national and international organisations,governmental and other bodies and the public.
  • To serve as the official representative of the Nurses of India
    as a member of the International Council of Nurses.
  • To promote the general health and welfare of the public through the Association programmes, relationships and activities e.g. Disaster Management.
  • To render care as per the changing needs of the society.


A life member is a person who is a registered Nurse and Midwife (equivalent of midwifery training in case of male nurse), trained from an institution recognised by the Indian Nursing Council/State Nursing Council and holds a certificate of training issued by a Nursing Registration Council or Board of Examinations recognised by the Indian Nursing Council.

Mile stones of the association

Association of Nursing Superintendents founded at Lucknow.

The Trained Nurses Association of India established during the   conference of the   Association of Nursing Superintendents held in Bombay.

Association of Nursing Superintendents and the Trained Nurses' Association of India share the same office.

The first conference of the Trained Nurses' Association of India held at Banaras. The Nursing Journal of India is published for the first time.

The two Associations i.e. The Association of Nursing Superintendents and The Trained Nurses' Association combined for the purpose of affiliation with the International Council of Nurses (ICN). In 1995, TNAI was forced to disaffiliate itself from the ICN because of the paucity of funds to meet the subscription fee

Trained Nurses Association of India registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.

Association of Nursing Superintendents and Association of Trained Nurses' are amalgamated and called the Trained Nurses' Association of India;

Health Visitors’ League established under the jurisdiction of the TNAI.

Midwives and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives Association established.

Sustained efforts of the TNAI also brought about the establishment of the State Nursing Councils (1926) at Chennai.

Student Nurses Association (SNA) established. Celebrates Silver Jubilee in 1954, Golden Jubilee in 1979, Diamond Jubilee in 1989 & Platinum Jubilee in 2004. Its membership is now 85,000.

An  education committee was appointed to request some universities to grant a degree in nursing. The committee of Nurses appointed through the TNAI to advise the Bhore Committee took up again the question of establishing degree courses which was accepted by the Government.  The first Colleges of Nursing were established in Delhi and Vellore in 1946.

TNAI adopted the Nurses’ Charter which formed the basis for TNAI’s representations to Government and other employing authorities on vital matters like upgrading, development and standardization of nursing education (Basic and Post-Basic), improvement of living and service conditions for Nurses throughout India and registration of qualified Nurses.

1941-44 A Committee of Nurses appointed through the TNAI to advise the Bhore Committee(The Health Survey  and Planning Committee)
TNAI has worked towards establishing nurses at appropriate levels in various health departments in order to control and direct all matters connected with nursing service and nursing education, as a result of this Chief Lady Superintendent was appointed in the office of Director General of IMS. This post was later designated as Nursing Advisor in 1954.

TNAI is instrumental in establishing Nursing Schools and Colleges.

TNAI was instrumental in establishing Indian Nursing Council and the Act was passed by an Ordinance on December 31, 1947.

First TNAI state branch established in Delhi. TNAI now has 33 State branches and Union Territories all over India and an overseas branch.

The Government of India recognizes the Association as Service organization vide No. F8-3/50-M II Government of India Ministry of Health New Delhi, June 14, 1950. A similar recognition by all the state governments has been an asset to the promotion of the associations objectives.

TNAI celebrates Golden Jubilee, Diamond Jubilee in 1968 and Platinum Jubilee  1983.

1959 a Standing Committee for Nursing Research was established with Miss M. Craig as a Chairperson. 

Foundation stone for TNAI Headquarters in Green Park, New Delhi laid by the Vice-President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan on October 17 1960.

TNAI Headquarters building inaugurated by Smt. Indira Gandhi on September 30 1961.

Former President TNAI, Ms Edith Paul awarded “Padmashree” by the President of India.

TNAI is instrumental in getting the National Awards for Nurses instituted by the Government of India.

TNAI becomes a member of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation (CNF) and currently known as Commonwealth Nurse Midwives Federation (CNMF)

TNAI member, Ms. V. Gauri appointed as Major General in Military Nursing Services.

TNAI is instrumental in the institution of High Power Committee on Nurses and Nursing Profession.

The Association was represented on the High Power Committee on Nursing and Nursing Profession appointed by the Government of India that submitted its report in 1989.

TNAI organizes International Women Conference at Delhi in collaboration with Mc Masters University, Canada

Land allotted for Central Institute of Nursing & Research (CIN)/ Elderly Care Home (ECH) Project. (5571 sq mtr for CIN and 5614 sq mtr for ECH at Greater NOIDA, Knowledge Park III)

Land for CIN/ECH Project at Greater NOIDA registered;

President TNAI, Mrs. Satish Chawla becomes Vice President of CNF.

TNAI was instrumental in reviving the Florence Nightingale National Nurses’ Award after the gap of 21 years.

Construction of twin mega projects of Central Institute and Elderly Care Home at Greater Noida, started
TNAI was instrumental in renaming The L block of the Green Park to Florence Nightingale Lane

TNAI celebrated the 100 Glorious years of the Association

The Postal Department of the Government of India honoured TNAI by releasing a stamp in the name of TNAI.

TNAI’s Central Institute of Nursing & Research and Elderly Care Home was Inaugurated by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India in 2012.

DAKSHA: A National Skill Lab has been set up with the help of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Ministry of Maternal Health, GoI

Supreme court verdicts on Working condition of Nurses in Private hospitals:


  • Publications

The TNAI brings out a monthly journal, The Nursing Journal of India which was founded in 1910 as its official organ.  This is the main link between the members of the Association, the Headquarters and State Branches on all important matters.  The Association also brings out books on nursing practices and nursing education. 

  • Rapport with the government of India
  • Government recognition as service association
  • Issuance of the railway concession: Since 1991, Railway is granted concession to the TNAI members and the association was authorized to issue certificates to members for getting 25 % concessions in second classes.
  • Affiliation with government committees and councils: TNAI is involved in all governmental endeavors in the field of nursing and given the opportunity to put across its points of view on all matters of consequence (Bhore committee, Central Council of Health).
  • Affiliation with other organizations: TNAI is affiliated with all governmental and non governmental/ National and International organisations.
  • Collaboration in research activities:

some of the major activities :

  • HIV/AIDS project in collaboration with the American Nurses' Association (1994).
  • UNICEF Reproductive Child Health project on “Strengthening System support to ANMs and Health Supervisors, Females’ capabilities for implementing Safe Motherhood Practices in the Reproductive and Child Health Programme.” (2001).
  • Feasibility study in collaboration with European Commission on improving health care for safe motherhood services of independent private practice by unemployed and under-employed ANMs in India (2002).
  • TNAI/ Swedish International Development Corporation Agency/ Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, project on improving midwifery and emergency obstetric services in India (2005)
  • TNAI is in collaboration with The Association of Women Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWOHNN, US-based organization) are in the process of preparing  the guidelines for new born skin care  as per the Indian perspective.
  • Socio-Economic Welfare(SEW) Programmes

TNAI Being committed to provide socio-economic welfare to nurses in the country, a Socio-Economic Welfare (SEW) Committee was formed in 1963. TNAI conduct surveys to study the socio-economic welfare problems of nurses in India and recommended appropriate reforms and solutions. The TNAI Headquarters and the State Branches have been representing SEW problems of Nurses to the authorities concerned at different fora.

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