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The NSNA Mission is to: organize, represent and mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, as well as those enrolled in baccalaureate completion programs; convey the standards and ethics of the nursing profession; promote development of the skills that students will need as responsible and accountable members of the nursing profession; advocate for high quality health care; advocate for and contribute to advances in nursing education; and develop nursing students who are prepared to lead the profession in the future.
November 2008
NSNA eNews

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Welcome to NSNA eNews, your online connection to the latest updates from NSNA, including deadlines, new publications, program highlights, Convention and MidYear previews, and more. We hope you find it useful, and welcome your ideas for feedback and suggestions. Do you have story ideas? Please email us at and let us know!

Newsletter Contents

  Run for Office
   • MidYear Conference and Workshops
Opportunities and Challenges Panel
NIMS Certification

Run for Office Reminder

Attending NSNA’s MidYear Conference in Reno, NV, November 13-16, 2008? Get ready to explore your future as an NSNA leader by joining the Nominating and Elections Committee for their MidYear “Running for National Office” workshop. If you know you’re ready to step out of the dugout, contact NSNA for more information about running for office, or click here. For more information about Reno and attending MidYear, click here. To request a packet with more information and an application, write to
MidYear Workshops for Student Leaders!
Leadership University Treasurer Certificate Program

A successful and popular workshop, this is the third time this new course will be offered. State treasurers, aspiring treasurers, state board members, and interested students and faculty may participate. Attendees learn about the intricacies of financial reporting, the budgetary process, revenue and expenses, statement reporting, bank reconciliation, cash control procedures, and NSNA policies. A chapter’s fiscal health is crucial to its success, so don’t miss this informative program. Attendees receive a certificate upon completion of an open-book exam. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain knowledge and maintain healthy chapter finances!
Newsletter Workshop

NSNA’s Imprint editor Lauren Brewer hosts this year’s Newsletter Workshop on Thursday, November 13, from 1:00 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Open to all students (not just editors), this is an opportunity to learn the basics of newsletter production, including writing, editing, design, and more. Speak with other editors and chapter leaders and share challenges and successes. The Newsletter workshop is sponsored by National Student Nurses’ Association, Brooklyn, NY.

Nursing Image and Public Relations Workshop

Join us on Friday, November 14, at 8:45 a.m. for a useful workshop sponsored by The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, New Brunswick, NJ. Dain Perciful, Account Director and Media Training Coach, Chon & Wolfe, San Francisco, CA, will provide tips, tools, and techniques for publicizing your chapter events and highlighting a positive image of nursing.

Friday’s agenda also includes workshops for student leaders on areas including membership, recruitment, running for national office, and community health.

The Nursing’s Future: Opportunities and Challenges Panel

This interactive panel discussion is a great way for students to hear about the latest trends and issues in nursing from leaders in the field. Stop by on Friday, November 14, 1:30 - 3:00; all attendees are welcome to participate.

Get NIMS Certified

In response to the Resolution that was passed in the House of Delegate the Disaster Preparedness Committee is challenging all NSNA Members who completed their National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) 100,200 and 700 certifications. These certifications are free and take approximately three hours each and can be done from your own computer. If a member brings copies of these certifications at Annual Convention in Nashville, TN, they will receive a special recognition ribbon to wear proudly. I would love to hear from you - please email me at with any questions or ideas that you might have. I look forward to seeing all of you at MidYear and make sure that you attend the Disaster Preparedness Committee’s Workshop. Follow the links below and GET NIMS CERTIFIED!

Laura Chapman,
Vice-president, Chair,
Disaster Preparedness Committee
Don’t Miss These Great Contests!
NSNA/Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek 8th Annual Essay Contest

NSNA members are invited to answer the following question: “What can nurses and nursing students do to raise awareness and take action to create a greener and healthier living environment?” For more information download NSNA’s Awards and Honors Booklet or call
(718) 210-0705. All entries must be received by Monday, March 16, 2009
by 5 p.m. EST.
NSNA’s Shaping Up Competition

NSNA is excited to announce a “Shaping Up” competition for NSNA
members being held from August 2008 - March 2009. Teams of 5-10
members can send in an application to be a part of this exciting contest.
Winners will be determined by the greatest percentage of weight lost by a
team. The winning team will be announced at the NSNA Annual Convention
in Nashville, Tennessee in April 2009. Deadline for contest is March 30,
2009. All applications must be received in the NSNA office by 5:00pm on
March 30, 2009. Click here for more information.
Stay in touch with NSNA! Use Member Services Online

By updating your contact information with NSNA you will receive the latest Career Center updates, contest information and deadlines, and more! Plus, you ensure you don’t miss a single issue of Imprint. NSNA Member Services online makes this process a breeze. Here are other benefits of Member Services online:

• Students can sign up for new membership (credit card payments only).
• NSNA members can renew their membership and update their member profile online, including their mailing address. Have your membership number handy.
• NSNA members can identify themselves as leaders and periodically receive information about important NSNA activities.
• NSNA members, faculty and non-members can register for NSNA meetings.

Do you want to celebrate your graduation and participation in NSNA?

NSNA graduation cords have a great new look and are available for purchase now! The blue and white cords, now with a distinctive charm that displays the NSNA logo, can be worn with other honor cords. By purchasing a graduation cord, you indicate your participation and commitment to nurses and nursing students in your chapter and in professional organizations. For more information download an order form or call (718) 210-0705.
Single cords are available only at the MidYear Conference and the Annual Convention.
A portion of your purchase also benefits the Foundation of the NSNA’s General Scholarship Program.
Support the future of the nursing profession today!

"Making it Big: Nursing Students Stepping Up & Stepping Out"

NSNA’s 57th Annual Convention will take place April 15-19, 2009 at The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, TN. Rear Admiral Carol A. Romano, PhD, RN, BC, CNAA, FAAN, will keynote this event on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.RADM Romano is Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, and also a senior advisor for clinical research informatics at the National Institutes of Health. She will bring her invaluable service and leadership experience to her speech on this year's theme.

On Saturday, April 18, the Convention's closing speaker will be Carol Grace Anderson, MA. She will present her "Get Fired Up" message to inspire attendees to get fired up, take risks and cope with life's challenges. Anderson is a national speaker, former Psychology teacher, and best-selling author.

Important Dates for Members

January 20, 2009: Application for National Office Deadline
January 16, 2009: Foundation of the NSNA Scholarship Application Deadline
February 16, 2009: Project InTouch Deadline

Imprint deadlines are:

• October 31 for January 2009
• November 24 for February/March 2009
• January 5 for April/May 2009
• June 1 for September/October 2009
• July 2 for November/December 2009

Check out NSNA’s calendar for other important deadlines!
The calendar includes deadline for many of NSNA project awards, such as Community Health, Legislation/Education, Newsletter Contest, Image of Nursing, Financial Excellence, Breakthrough to Nursing, and more. For more information and specific criteria, download NSNA’s Awards and Honors Booklet or call (718) 210-0705.

NSNA Membership Benefits Update
Malpractice Insurance. Your nursing school will require that you have liability insurance before entering the clinical area. Be prepared. Visit Nurses Service Organization or call 1-800-643-6688.
Barnes & Get the study tools you need and start preparing for the holidays! Order through the NSNA Online Bookstore through Barnes & and receive 5% off all orders. NSNA’s Online Bookstore features a list of specially selected books to help you with your nursing studies! A portion of sales revenue from the NSNA Bookstore helps fund the Marilyn Bagwell Leadership Development Fund.
Group Health Insurance. NSNA members and their eligible spouse and dependents can purchase group injury and sickness insurance provided by United Healthcare Student Resources. The plan includes prescription drug coverage and continuation privilege for a period of up to nine months after graduation if eligible. It is affordable for students and their dependents. Available in most states. Visit or call
1-800-643-6688 for more information.
NSNA Credit Card Program. NSNA is proud to offer the NSNA Platinum Plus® credit card with WorldPoints® rewards, a no annual fee MasterCard® program that features competitive annual percentage rates as well as peerless benefits and service. Call 1-800-932-2775 and mention priority code FAAX5Q. Apply now!
Drexel University NCLEX! EXCEL®. Drexel University has demonstrated a long-term commitment to nursing students across the country offering NCLEX prep courses since the 1980’s. Students who attend school at or near a host site will receive a 10% discount off the entry fee of any live NCLEX prep. Call 800-666-PREP for details or visit Have your NSNA membership number handy for checkout.

NSNA Nursing Specialty Partnerships. NSNA members may join the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and Oncology Nurses Society (ONS) at a special rate.