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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 2007
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 e- mail us at and let us know!

Newsletter Contents

   Run for Office
   • Workshops

   • NSNA Disaster Task Force Update


Stay In Touch
What's New!
Blazing Trails
Important Dates for Members
NSNA Membership Benefits Update

Run for Office Reminder
NSNA Leadership:  Seek the Adventure—Transform your Journey

Attending NSNA’s MidYear Conference in Kansas City, MO, November 15-18, 2007? 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. You’ll be informed and inspired as you discover the exciting possibilities that running for national office offers. Your journey is about to begin! For more information about running for office, click here. For more information about Kansas City and attending MidYear, click here. To request a packet with more information and an application, write to

  More Mid Year Workshops for
Student Learners!
New This Year! Leadership University Treasurer Certificate Program
An association’s fiscal health is crucial to its overall success. Chapter leaders have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that control procedures are in place to keep a chapter “in the black” and to ensure that funds are well administered. A new workshop launching at the Kansas City Conference covers the intricacies of financial reporting; budgetary processes; revenue and expenses; statement preparation and reporting; bank reconciliation; cash control procedures; and budgeting. Attendees earn a Leadership University Certificate for competency in the role of Treasurer after completing an open-book exam based on the materials covered. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain knowledge and maintain healthy chapter finances!

Nursing Image and Public Relations Workshop: Building Your Brand & Image
Through Powerful Public Relations
Join us on Friday, November 16, at 9:00 a.m. for a useful workshop from Bernard Hodes Group’s Senior Director of Public Relations Stacey Havel. She’ll provide tips, tools, and techniques for harnessing powerful public relations for your chapter activities. She and Imprint editor and Image Chair, Kelley Wilson, discuss portraying nursing in a positive light.

Newsletter Workshop
NSNA’s Imprint editor Kelley Wilson hosts this year’s Newsletter Workshop on Thursday, November 15, from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 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. This workshop is sponsored by Gannett Healthcare Group, Falls Church, VA.

NSNA's Disaster Task Force Unveils
Preliminary Survey Results

Earlier this year, NSNA launched a survey to gauge disaster preparedness and response experience in nursing students and schools. Over 1,300 people responded to the survey and the results of this first-of-its-kind study have shaped the NSNA’s Guidelines for Establishing and Implementing Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, and Relief Projects. Preliminary survey results will be presented at the Saturday workshop, “Making a Family and Professional Emergency Plan,” on November 17.

Don't Miss These Great Contests!

NIWI Deadline Coming Up - December 21, 2007

Win the opportunity to attend the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI). NIWI provides nurses with the unique chance to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. The winning entry receives:

• Travel expenses, room and board per diem for meals, and registration to attend the NIWI program March 9-11, 2008 in Washington, DC.
• Complimentary registration to NSNA’s 56th Annual Convention at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, March 26-30, 2008.
• Publication of their essay in Imprint, NSNA’s official publication, and online at

For more information, log on to and go to Publications/Awards & Contests for the Awards and Honors Booklet.

NSNA/Nursing Spectrum/Nurse Week 7th Annual
Essay Contest

NSNA members are invited to answer the following question: “It seems that we’re living in a technology-driven modern world, yet there are people who die from basic needs like lack of access to potable water. Why do you think it’s important for nursing students to be aware of international (and domestic) health care issues, and what actions can they take to get involved to better these issues?” For more information download NSNA’s Awards and Honors Booklet or call (718) 210-0705. All entries must be received by Friday, February 11, 2008 by 5 p.m. EST.


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.

What's New

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!

"Blazing Trails: The New Age of Nursing."

NSNA’s 56th Annual Convention will take place March 26 -30, 2008 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Grapevine, TX. General Gale S. Pollock will keynote this event on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. General Pollock, 22nd Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and acting U.S. Surgeon General, is a favorite at NSNA conferences. She has inspired her audiences time and time again and promises to deliver a rousing speech on the Convention theme.

Important Dates for Members

December 21, 2007: Nurse in Washington Internship Deadline

January 8, 2008: Application for National Office Deadline

January 11, 2008: Foundation of the NSNA Scholarship Application Deadline

January 30, 2008: Project InTouch Deadline

Imprint deadlines are:

• November 1 for February/March 2008
• January 3 for April/May 2008
• June 1 for September/October 2008
• July 1 for November/December 2008

Check out NSNA’s calendar for other important deadlines!
The calendar includes deadlines for many NSNA project awards, such as Community Health, Legislation/Education, the Newsletter Contest, Image of Nursing, Financial Excellence, Breakthrough to Nursing, and more.
For more information and specific criteria, download the Awards & 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. 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 United Healthcare Student Resources or call 1-800-643-6688 for more information.

Bank of America. NSNA is proud to offer the Platinum Plus® credit card, a no annual fee MasterCard® and Visa® credit card program that features competitive annual percentage rates as well as peerless benefits and service. Call Bank of America at 1-888-227-1544 to apply and mention priority code FAAZSV. Apply now!

Verizon Wireless Program. NSNA offers you an exclusive Verizon Wireless store for members! NSNA members can sign up for Verizon Wireless Service online or call 1-888-603-4251 to get the best phones with $50 instant cash back.