Organizations and associations for pre-nursing students

October 31, 2014

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A pre-nursing student with her mentor If you are an aspiring nurse, you will come across a number of organizations and resources that can help you as you advance toward your career. A basic knowledge of these groups, including the people they represent and the tools that they offer, can help you on your journey through nursing education. Whether you are looking for online support or an undergraduate scholarship, you will find that there are plenty of opportunities available to you.

Below, you can learn more about these organizations and resources:


National Student Nurses Association 

The National Student Nurses Association, or NSNA, is a nonprofit organization for nursing students that aims to aid in their professional development. The NSNA has over 60,000 members across the US and is run by its student-members. The NSNA holds a number of conventions and conferences throughout the year that offer leadership and career development opportunities. In addition, the NSNA’s associated foundation, the Foundation of the NSNA, provides and administers scholarships for undergraduate nursing students. The NSNA supports quality healthcare for all and legislation that supports their mission. To read more about the organization’s policies, activities, and offerings, you can visit the NSNA website.


American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

According to the AACN website, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. The organization represents over 500,000 nurses in the industry and supports the National Student Nurses Association’s scholarships for nursing students. In addition, the AACN offers its own scholarships to qualified nurses in order to attend AACN-sponsored events or continuing education courses that will help them fill gaps in their knowledge. Membership in AACN is reserved to qualified nurses in acute or critical care and offers a number of benefits, such as clinical information resources, unlimited free continuing education credits, special member rates for AACN products and services, and more. AACN also facilitates educational conferences for its members throughout the year.


American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association, or ANA, is a full-service professional organization for registered nurses, regardless of specialization. According to the ANA website, the organization represents 3.1 million RNs through its associations and affiliates. Undergraduate nurses are welcome to some of the ANA’s exclusive content and member benefits by becoming subscribers. The ANA promotes both the rights of nurses and high standards for the nursing profession. In addition to providing special member services, like discounts on liability insurance and certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the ANA hosts conferences, posts job opportunities, and lobbies Congress on policies affecting nurses, patients, and the public.

The website is a networking site for nurses and nursing students. It is the leading website of its kind and boasts of over 850,000 members. Major topics on the site include nursing school, degrees, and job opportunities, making an excellent resource for any aspiring nurse professional. If you would like to join a community that can help support you as you work toward your career in nursing, may be exactly what you have been looking for.