I was a newsletter editor/board member for my student nurse association in nursing school 4 years ago. I probably put in 6-8 hrs per issue of the newsletter (monthly) and another 3 hrs +/- per month for coordinating SNA meetings & participating in community activities/fundraisers. We had the occasional one day/ month devoted to community service or fundraising events as well.We too, had trouble getting nursing students to participate. Many students were busy w/ school, family & other obligations & SNA was the last on their mind. 9 out of 10 times, I had to come up with my own articles for our newletter.Before I joined the board, I had "envisioned" myself mostly as editor (reality, I was author/editor, ha ha).But since I did not receive submissions, I had to find my own material. ;-) It is a great experience, though. The trip to the State convention was very exciting. If your chapter goes to state & national conventions, it is very motivating. You can network with other SNAs & get some wonderful ideas. Please think about it. I really enjoyed it. ;-)
PS- Here's an idea that we used... at the end of each "term" the previous SNA board members take the new board members out to dinner & they hand over a binder of information & tips for the new board member who is replacing them. If you need basic SNA info, contact the NSNA or your state SNA for guidelines. But it does help to have some info & not feel like you are starting from scratch.
Here's the North Carolina Student Nurse Assoc. chapter:
and the National Student Nurses Association: