Student Associations: Support for Nursing School Grads and Students

Nursing students associations provide structure and support to students attending nursing schools across the United States. Organizations such as the National Student Nurse Association offer mentorship programs to future nurses, provide job placement assistance, and help nursing school students navigate the process of reaching higher qualifications and maintaining employment. There are a variety of student associations available to nursing students, many of which are sponsored by federal and state labor unions or other professional associations.

Finding a Student Association

Many students choose to start with local organizations that understand and support medical-related studies such as nursing. Nursing school can be a very challenging and tiring time of life for students, so peer support groups and local professional partners can be a big help.  It is likely that your nursing school of choice will offer a support organization, job placement services, and career counseling on campus. Student support groups should be sought and utilized, especially during times of high-stress and during clinical work when nursing school can seem overwhelming.

All U.S. states have student associations targeted at supporting nursing students and new career professionals in the industry. With well-established practices and vast resource networks, these organizations provide a wide range of assistance and services to students and professionals. National and statewide organizations can be very beneficial to students who intend to relocate after college graduation or seek higher income in a more metropolitan area. In any situation, being part of a national or state student association can greatly increase the chances of successfully completing a nursing program and entering the workforce at a reasonable level of employment.

Membership in a state of national student association may require individuals to pay yearly membership dues, but the cost is often worth the support members are afforded in return. Membership benefits may include trade publication subscriptions, insurance programs, loan and scholarship assistance, community and legislative project work, discounts on educational items, and more. An important benefit to being an association member often lies in the student’s access to networking events, where it is easier to make contact with other industry professionals who can assist in mentorships, internships, and career opportunities following college.

The National Student Nurse Association (NSNA for short) provides educational resources and leadership opportunities to member students across the country. The NSNA also created the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association in 1969 (FNSNA), which procures and distributes charitable contributions for scholarships and other advancements in nursing education. The FSNA provides disaster relief, building funds, grants and scholarships to student-related causes. The directory of National Student Nurse Association chapters provides a comprehensive list and linked access to various organizations associated with the NSNA.

The American Nurses Association (ANA), a professional nurse’s organization, provides a directory of State Nursing Associations that can help students and professionals find resources for professional advancement and support during college and into their individual career paths. The ANA works to represent the interests of professional nurses across the country and is instrumental in lawmaking and policies regarding the nursing profession.