NSNA’s mission is to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, and to convey the standards, ethics, and skills that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession.
Founded in 1952, NSNA is a nonprofit organization for students enrolled in associate, baccalaureate, diploma, and generic graduate nursing programs. It is dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students.
The organization has over 60,000 members in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
NSNA's Board of Directors is made up of 10 nursing students who are elected at the organization's Annual Convention. Two non-voting consultants are appointed by the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nurses to provide guidance. NSNA also employs a full-time staff headquartered in Brooklyn, NY . Over 3,000 nursing students participate in NSNA's Annual Convention, which features leadership and career development activities, opportunities to listen to renowned nursing leaders, hear about job opportunities and the chance to network with hundreds of other students. The program includes a state board exam mini review.
NSNA holds a second meeting which attracts over 1,500 students yearly: the MidYear Conference offers workshops and panels on career and association development as well as a state board exam mini-review.
Each year NSNA holds a Summer Leadership Conference in NYC. This conference helps attendees gain a better understanding of NSNA’s mission and programs; they can take back ideas to their organizations to create stronger school and state chapters; and to problem solve and share ideas. Click here for more information on the NSNA Summer Leadership Conference.
The Foundation of the NSNA, created in memory of NSNA's first executive director, Frances Tompkins, is a non-profit corporation (501 C-3) organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The FNSNA has distributed over 2 million dollars in scholarships for undergraduate nursing education. The Promise of Nursing Regional Scholarship Program, administered by the FNSNA, provides undergraduate and graduate nursing scholarships and school grants.
Imprint is NSNA's official magazine. Four issues are printed and mailed during each school year with bonus issues distributed during the MidYear Conference and Convention: September/October, November/December, February/March and April/May. The January issue—the annual Career Planning Guide—is published online-only.
Joe Twitchell (2011-2012 NSNA President)
The Mission of NSNA