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The Benefits of Joining a Student Nursing Association

Joining a SNA is a great way to kickstart your nursing career and enrich your time as a student.

Thinking about life after Herzing? Now's the perfect time to dive into opportunities that can shape your future career. One fantastic first step is by joining a Student Nursing Association (SNA). These associations offer a unique glimpse into the nursing profession, connecting you with peers and professionals, and paving the way for the next stage to a fulfilling career.

The National Student Nursing Association (NSNA) is the nationwide organization for student nurses and supports nursing initiatives for students with conferences, leadership opportunities, and a digital magazine called Imprint, published for nursing students during the academic year. Other SNAs may be regional, such as the Wisconsin Student Nurses Association or Georgia Association of Nursing Students, or you can use the student membership to specific nursing fields, such as the Emergency Nurses Association and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.

Whichever you choose—national, local, or specialty—joining a SNA is a great way to kickstart your nursing career and enrich your time as a student.

Why Join a Student Nursing Association?

Participating in events focused on your career path has a host of benefits, from meeting lifelong friends, learning about career opportunities, and being at the forefront of information in the nursing profession. 

  1. Professional Development. One of the biggest rewards of joining an SNA is the resources it offers to keep you competitive in your field; resources like job openings, career development workshops, nursing specialty webinars, conferences, and publications. In addition to boosting your education, an association membership can also help build your marketable skills with interview practice, job fairs, and resume writing help. 
  2. Networking. Collaboration is key in the nursing profession.  Membership in the SNA means finding other students in the nursing field you can learn with and grow alongside, as well as connect you to other professionals in the medical field through conferences and mentorships. Being involved and informed bolsters your circle of knowledge and experiences, giving your classroom education added support. 
  3. Leadership Opportunities. Active association participation is a great way to build soft skills , such as teamwork, communication, project management, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving. By opting into leadership roles available through the SNA, you can build hands-on skills needed to show future employers that you are a person worth investing in.
  4. Awards and Scholarships. Starting a career in nursing is an investment in yourself and your future, and every little bit helps. Many SNAs sponsor awards and scholarships that can support a nursing student as they continue or complete their education. Both the NSNA and its various regional chapters offer paths for awards and recognition, further underscoring the importance of supporting nursing students. 
  5. Advocacy and Policy. As a nursing student, you are the next generation of caregivers and medical professionals to see any policy changes enacted on your watch. Being active in an association empowers you to use your voice to support legislation that speaks to your values as a nursing student and advocate for smart action by policymakers. 

How to Participate in a Student Nursing Association

Once you know the benefits, now it’s time to get involved! Grab a friend and check out what the local chapters

  1. Find your SNA. Research information about the local chapter of your Student Nursing Association. That may be on your campus, or perhaps a neighboring area. Ask your professors, fellow students, and the Career Development team about where to find more information on the nearest SNA.
  2. Start a chapter. The NSNA offers tips for how to start a new chapter, and Herzing’s Career Development team will know how to best set up within the Herzing system. Most of all, this is your chance to take a proactive step in building what can and will be a vital support system for current and future nursing students.
  3. Be an active participant. Once you’ve found your chapter, get involved! These associations are designed to work for you; SNAs give you the support and resources to successfully navigate your nursing career and achieve your goals. But, it only works if you use it. Consider signing up to chair a committee, attend a webinar, or start spreading the word to classmates and colleagues.

Herzing University’s School of Nursing offers specialized programs designed to help you achieve the career that you want in nursing at an affordable price. Participation and involvement in a Student Nursing Association add an enriching, rewarding facet to the student experience. To learn more about what’s available on your campus or online, visit Herzing’s Career Development  and start accessing a wealth of new resources.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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