Nursing Associations

U.S.A. Michigan

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  • Specializes in Trauma, Cardiac Cath/Special procedures.

Do you guys think that as a nursing student one should join a nursing associations such as Michigan Nurse Association or a Student nurse association? Would being involved in an association increase the chances of a call back for an interview?

John20

190 Posts

No. There is no bigger waste of time than student nurse associations. It's all a bunch of talk with no substance. You work a blood drive or two which is nice but the rest of time you just talk. The sooner you understand that nurses don't control the health care environment, (Hospitals, insurance companies, and doctors do) the happier and less frustrated you'll be as a nurse.

Working as a nurse tech or nurse aide will get you a call back 10 times quicker than being a part of a irrelevant group. Employers want relevant work experience not the equivalent of student government.

Specializes in Psychiatry.
No. There is no bigger waste of time than student nurse associations..

I respectfully disagree. While I agree with you that getting a job as a CNA/Tech, etc is a great move, joining a professional organization is also a smart thing to do. You will get a chance to 'network' with professionals, learn new information, and possibly have the chance to assume a leadership role in your organization of choice.

Good Luck!

Diane, RN

PS I belonged to two professional orgs when I graduated, and I was one of the few from our class with a job lined up before graduation.

Prettyladie

1,229 Posts

Specializes in Emergency.

It's funny the OP posted this, because I was just about to do a search for similar posts. I'm actually very excited about this. And as far as I see, my school's SNA doesnt just do a "blood drive". So I just think it depends on what you are expecting out of it. Im joining SNA, to get a better feel for our campus, the volunteer opportunities, and getting a little break from the classroom with my fellow students. Good luck.

Specializes in Psychiatry.
It's funny the OP posted this, because I was just about to do a search for similar posts. I'm actually very excited about this. And as far as I see, my school's SNA doesnt just do a "blood drive". So I just think it depends on what you are expecting out of it. Im joining SNA, to get a better feel for our campus, the volunteer opportunities, and getting a little break from the classroom with my fellow students. Good luck.

Good move, Prettyladie. SNA is a great organization.

All the best,

Diane

J9G2008

195 Posts

I think the SNA does a lot of good, at least at my school they seem to. Plus, you get extra points in class for belonging. For me, though, the only days they met were on the one day of the week that I didn't have to go to school, and I wasn't willing to pay for childcare (or leave my son an extra time) for something that was optional.

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