An important aspect of choosing a future career is ensuring that you will be satisfied in the long run with your choice. A good career should be fulfilling and allow for plenty of opportunities for growth. Otherwise, you may end up feeling lost in a dead-end job that leaves you feeling nothing but burnt out at the end of the day. A great way of determining whether a certain career offers professional development opportunities is by looking at professional organizations tied to that field. These nursing student associations offer you the chance to grow through workshops, courses, and many other opportunities. You can also see how the community within that field works together. Professional organizations within the nursing community provide many benefits to future and current registered nurses, including:
- Professional development
- Networking opportunities
- Career assistance
Nursing Student Associations with Marian ChaptersSigma Theta Tau is an international nursing honor society founded nearly a century ago at Indiana University. Baccalaureate nursing students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in the top 35 percent of their class for nomination. Anyone in nursing at Marian University is eligible to join the Marian University Student Nurses’ Association (MUSNA). MUSNA exists “to build a support system both academically and socially for greater success as a nursing student”. BSN nursing students in any of Marian University’s programs should consider joining at least MUSNA, as well as Sigma Theta Tau if qualified. National Nursing Organization with Indiana and Tennessee Chapters The National Student Nurses’ Association provides educational resources, leadership opportunities and career guidance. There are both Indiana (Indiana Association of Nursing Students) and Tennessee (Tennessee Association of Student Nurses) chapters. Nursing Organizations Targeted to Specific Populations Several national nursing organizations are targeted to specific populations. The ones we found include:
- National Black Nurses Association, Inc.
- National Association of Hispanic Nurses
- American Assembly for Men in Nursing
- Intervarsity Nurses Christian Fellowship.