Program Activities » Breakthrough to Nursing

Established in 1965, the mission of the Breakthrough to Nursing (BTN) project is to organize, represent, and mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, as well as those nurses enrolled in baccalaureate completion programs, in becoming practitioners sensitive to the cultural diversity that exists in our society. The project promotes the development of the skills needed to be responsible, accountable members of the nursing profession who respect the differences and similarities between people, advocates high quality care, utilizing the principles of transcultural nursing, and facilitates the development of peer support systems, which enhance recruitment and retention within the nursing profession. 

Breakthrough to Nursing Committee:

Jennifer Kalenkoski, Chair
Katelyn Finnegan

Amina Aden

BTN Seasonal Memos
Summer Memo
Fall Memo

Breakthrough to Nursing Guidelines for Planning
Blueprint to BTN Presentation at MidYear Conference
Blueprint to BTN Pamphlet

Breakthrough To Nursing: Empowerment Through Diversity and Scholarship
Breakthrough to Nursing Resources
Getting the Pieces to Fit- NSNA Handbook for State Associations and School Chapters 
NSNA Awards & Honors Booklet – win awards for your projects 
BTN Imprint Articles - NSNA’s professional magazine for student nurses

Leadership University: Earn academic credit for participating in NSNA Breakthrough to Nursing projects.

How to Establish a Mentor - Mentee                                 Program at your School 
             2015 - 2016 Mentor - Mentee Webinar 

Mentor - Mentee PowerPoint Presentation 



BTN Stories

Melissa Byrne                                                 Lizzette Chavez
2014-2015 State Breakthrough to                  Image and BTN Director
Nursing  Director                                            Michigan Nursing Students Association
California Nursing Students' Association       Scrubs Camp 
Save a Heart
at Sacramento University 

Daniel Duron, CNSA                                          Brandy Greensmith
BTN Committee Member                                   BTN Chair Student Nurses' Ass.
California State University-Stanislaus, CA        University of North FL., Jacksonville, FL 
Science Day                                                  The Interview Workshop
  Abaneh Ebangwese                 Stephanie Swope              Andrew Richardson
   Vice President                          BTN Director                       Legislative Chair
Maryland Association of         Maryland Association of        Maryland Association of
Nursing Students(MANS)      Nursing Students (MANS)     Nursing Students (MANS)
Camp Cardiac: Panel of Nursing Students Presenting on the Nursing Profession    




Tips on Recruiting Minorities into Nursing


Breakthrough to Nursing: Empowerment through Diversity and Scholarship