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Professional Associations for the Student Nurse. Ryan Rickley 2012-2013 President National University Student Nurses Association . What is a PA?. NUSNA is a professional association! Membership based Operate under Bylaws Elected Board of Directors Hold Events/Offer Services

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professional associations for the student nurse

Professional Associations for the Student Nurse

Ryan Rickley

2012-2013 President

National University Student Nurses Association

what is a pa
What is a PA?
  • NUSNA is a professional association!
    • Membership based
    • Operate under Bylaws
    • Elected Board of Directors
    • Hold Events/Offer Services
    • Join people around a common interest/goal
  • Examples include:
    • AACN: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
    • ENA: Emergency Nurses Association
what do you do
What do you do?
  • Attend chapter meetings
    • Community service, outreach,and education
  • Keep up-to-date through communication
    • E-Journals
    • “Newslines” E-mail blasts, website, etc.
  • Attend educational summits
  • Attend annual conferences
why does this matter
Why does this matter?
  • RESUME!
    • Show recruiters your area of interest through your involvement – not just saying you like a type of nursing
  • EDUCATION!
    • It’s the way you stay current with your practice, and learn about your specialty as a RN (new or otherwise)
  • The Clinical Nurse Ladder!!
    • Clinical Nurse 1 vs. Clinical Nurse 2, etc.
i don t have need want a specialty
I don’t have/need/wanta specialty
  • EVERYTHING IS A SPECIALTY!
  • Gone are the days
    • “I’ll just be a med/surg nurse to get my base.”
    • http://www.amsn.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/AMSNMain.woa
as you progress affiliate
As you progress – affiliate
  • Critical Care = AACN
  • Emergency = ENA
  • Med/Surg = AMSN
  • Leadership = ACNL / AONE
  • Men = AAMN
  • Neonatal = ANN or NANN
  • OB = AWHONN
  • OR = AORN
  • Oncology = ONS
  • PEDS HEM/ONC = APHON

The list goes on and on and on and on and on.

Here’s a good list:

http://nursinglink.monster.com/education/articles/11850-the-ultimate-list-of-professional-associations-for-nurses

when should you join
When should you join?
  • NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!
  • You should join NOW!
    • You’ve joined NUSNA
    • You’ll likely join Sigma Theta Tau
    • NOW you associate yourself with your area of practice you hope to begin in – and you do it NOW!
why join now
Why join NOW?
  • Students are offered SUBSTANTIAL discounts
    • NSNA members receive further discounts with certain associations
      • http://www.nsna.org/Membership/NSNAPartnershipProgram.aspx
  • You build your resume – stand out in a way others won’t
  • Meet the people in your specialty
  • Get the info NOW about what’s happening – what people within the profession are talking about
what do you get
What do you get?
  • Typically 1 year membership
  • Newsletters
  • HIGHLY discounted conference attendance (students can go to conference typically at COST)
  • Access to the localCHAPTERS
    • This is key when you’re trying to network – these association house the nurses actively engaged in the profession
case study ryan
Case Study: Ryan
  • Ryan is a student nurse
  • He is a guy nurse
  • He likes Critical Care Nursing, and hopes to develop a career in leadership down the line
  • Ryan is very busy, but understands that the job market is competitive, and that as a new nurse he’ll have a lot to learn
ryan joins aamn
Ryan Joins AAMN!
  • With the NSNA discount it was only 25 dollars for one year
  • Ryan receives news blasts that update him on the issues surrounding men in the nursing
  • Ryan attends the annual conference, for 100 dollars (1/4 the regular rate, as he’s a student)
  • Ryan LEARNS a lot, and meets top nursing executives from all across the country who give him their cards and offer their ongoing support
  • He also happens to have dinner with the Executive Director of the BRN!
ryan joins aacn
Ryan Joins AACN!
  • AACN was only 50 dollars as a student
  • Ryan receives e-mail updates every week, and journal updates once a month – he is starting to see patterns in what they talk about
  • Ryan Joins his local AACN chapter- where he also meets the Enrollment Director for the Gradate School of Nursing he hopes to attend
  • Ryan signs up to attend their annual conference at ¼ the regular registration rate – a conference where over 5000 nurses go each year and spend 1 week learning about CCN
ryan joins acnl
Ryan joins ACNL!
  • ACNL was a little more pricey – 100 for a student (1/2 the price)
  • Ryan is emailed the next day by 3 nursing directors from across California – welcoming him and offering all their support
  • Attending their annual conference next month is 1/4 the cost of that of a regular member