Nurses League Penang was formed and registered as an association
in May 1950 under the Society Ordinance. It was the first
nurses organization in the then Malaya.
The Trained Nurses League Penang found that it could not
represent the nurses nationwide. The nurses in the states in
Malaya were encouraged to form their own league.
Later it was realized that the leagues could only represent the
nurses in their own states. The need to have a national nurses
professional organization saw the birth of the Malayan Trained
Nurses Association [ MTNA ] when it was registered in March 1952
under the Societies Ordinance. The membership of the MTNA was
through the affiliation of the Trained Nurses League in Malaya.
There was no direct individual membership.
Finance is crucial for the survival of an organization. The
MTNA had no direct individual membership and its source was only
through the affiliation fees of its league members which was
insufficient to carry out the aims of the association.
In 1980 the organizational structure of the MTNA was reviewed
and the constitution was revised to set up the Malaysian Nurses
Association [ MNA ].
The MNA was registered in December 1980. The rules of MNA
provide for the setting up of branches. The Trained Nurses
League were dissolved and branches were formed. There are now