Nursing students preparing for Registered Nurse licensure or RN to BSN completion programs are invited to join ONSA. By joining ONSA you are also becoming a member of NSNA. Join now to take advantage of leadership opportunities and product discounts that ONSA and NSNA have to offer.
- Discount off of ONSA State Convention ($25 Value)
- Eligible for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500
- Free magazine subscription to “Imprint” (nursing student magazine)
- Membership is only $35 for the entire year!
Other Benefits Include
- Scholarships & Awards
- Best opportunity for networking (over 53,000 members)
- Discounts on NCLEX Review books
- Nursing apparel discount (including stethoscopes!)
- Insurance option discounts
Joining the Oklahoma Nursing Students Association (ONSA)
To become a member of ONSA, you must first join the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). NSNA is the national pre-professional organization for nursing students. NSNA defines its membership as nursing students in Associate Degree, Diploma, Baccalaureate, generic Masters and generic Doctoral programs preparing students for Registered Nurse licensure, as well as RNs in BSN completion programs.
Once you have become a NSNA member, you are considered a member of ONSA. Your local school chapter may have additional dues required each year.
Starting a Local Chapter
You'll find a lot of information about starting and maintaining your NSNA chapter on the NSNA website. Or go directly to these pages on the NSNA website: how to start a chapter.
Shown below is an initial checklist to help you get started:
- Establish a team of students and a faculty advisor to work together and create the official NSNA chapter. Sign up ten students at your school for NSNA membership (see above for membership application links).
- Read NSNA Bylaws, Policies and Procedures Guidelines. Read through "Section III: How to Manage A School Chapter" in the NSNA Handbook. This will give you areas of focus for your new school chapter including community health projects, recruitment, image and breakthrough, financial responsibility, etc.
- Conduct a mass meeting to officially create NSNA and officially appoint a Bylaws Committee.
- Elect officers. For a listing of potential officer positions, refer to the ONSA Board of Directors. It is not necessary to have all of these positions as part of your chapter.
- Prepare proposed chapter bylaws. Many local chapters want to formalize their structure through the creation of bylaws. Refer to the ONSA bylaws for an example.
- Conduct a mass meeting to approve the newly formed chapter's bylaws, and to elect officers.
- Using the newly adopted bylaws as a guide, officers appoint various committees as per bylaws.
- The officers establish policies and procedures as per bylaws.
- Establish a method to mentor future officers and committee members.
- Send a copy of your by-laws to the ONSA and submit the" Official Application for Constituency Status" form. NOTE: This form must be submitted annually to retain your constituency status. Eligibility for participation in the ONSA House of Delegates is based on NSNA records; consequently it is very important to make sure your paperwork is up to date.
- Plan on attending the ONSA State Convention to network with other schools, report on your activities, and be represented in the ONSA House of Delegates. Don't forget to apply for one or more of the ONSA awards.
While the actual procedure to start a local chapter is fairly easily (steps 1 and 2), many schools have questions that can be answered through e-mail, phone calls and face-to-face visits. Tara Goodman is available by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help start your new chapter and answer your questions.
2015/2016 Membership Benefits Program
Health and Accident Insurance
NSNA members and their eligible spouse and dependents can purchase student injury and sickness insurance provided by UnitedHealthcare StudentResources. NSNA student insurance provides exceptional value for students and their dependents. As a result of health care reform, there are significant enhancements to the coverage provided to NSNA student members this year. The 2012/2013 plan now includes preventive care treatment along with In Network prescription drug coverage. Additionally, the maximum benefit is increased to $1.25 million dollars per policy year. Continuation privilege, if eligible, is available for a period of up to three months. Along with the sickness and injury insurance program, insured students have toll-free, 24/7 access to a team of registered nurses and student assistance specialists to assist with health, personal, legal or financial issues. Discounts on dental, vision and wellness services are also included with every policy. Online enrollment is easy! Please visit www.uhcsr.com/NSNA for more information.
Available in most states.
Affordable Malpractice Insurance
Nurses Service Organization (NSO) is the official NSNA-endorsed provider of professional liability insurance for nursing students. Coverage through NSO provides students with malpractice protection for up to $1 million per claim, up to $6 million annually, for only $35 a year*! After you graduate and begin to take on full nursing duties, you’ll be eligible for a 50% discount off the full-time nurse’s premium as a First-year Graduate (good for 12 months following graduation date). Visit www.nso.com/NSNA for a fast, easy, secure on-line application. *Nursing Student Policy rate for most states
For all your nursing school uniform, shoe, and accessory needs, Life Uniform provides NSNA members with a 10% discount on all purchases in stores and online through www.lifeuniform.com. Discounts are not valid with other coupons, offers, discounts, special orders, previous purchases, or on the purchase of Littmann, Laura Ashley, Dansko, Timberland, Cherokee Workwear, Cherokee WW Stretch, Alegria, Koi by Sanita, or gift cards. For online purchases, members also receive a special ground shipping charge of only $6.97. All orders over $100 are always shipped FREE! Simply shop our online store at www.lifeuniform.com and enter the NSNA discount code in the promotional code field at checkout. The special code is in your weekly NSNA Update email. Or, if you are a Life Uniform Lifetime Discount cardholder, you may enter the code on your card for the 10% discount and special shipping charge. While online, make sure to check out our Student’s page which includes the most popular student products—for easy shopping! In stores, receive a 10% discount when you present your Life Uniform Lifetime Discount Card. Visit www.lifeuniform.com for a location near you.
Savings on PEPID RN Student
NSNA has teamed up with PEPID to offer NSNA members a huge discount on the leading point of care, clinical and drug reference for nursing students. A requirement in 200 schools and clinicals, PEPID offers nursing students a complete “peripheral brain,” with a NANDA-I diagnosis wizard, drug database, drug interaction checker, interactive dosing calculator, nursing assessment, diagnosis, care plans and much more! To save big on your subscription, visit: http://www.pepid.com
Delmar Cengage Learning
Delmar Cengage Learning is pleased to offer all NSNA members a 25% off discount on many of its nursing products. including the NCLEX-RN® Review, published by Delmar, Cengage Learning and Delmar’s NCLEX-RN® Review Online with CAT Logic--Endorsed by the NSNA, Delmar’s NCLEX-RN® Review Online with CAT Logic is an online NCLEX-RN® test preparation and review course that provides nearly 5000 NCLEX-style questions that test all core areas covered on the licensure exam. This unique exam preparation tool provides a content review with full-color illustrations, practice subject area tests and full-length mock exams that simulate Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT logic) used in the actual NCLEX-RN® examination. To receive your discount and product demo, please click on the Delmar Cengage Learning banner ad on the homepage of www.nsna.org. Your special NSNA 25% off discount is already included in the web pricing. To place your order via telephone (800)354-9706, please reference source code FNURE046 to receive your discount.
Fast Facts for Career Success in Nursing
Fast Facts for Career Success in Nursing: Making the Most of Mentoring in a Nutshell by Connie Vance provides insight for protégés and mentors on using mentoring to build new generations of successful nurses. It covers a quick history of why mentoring is important, how a protégé can identify a mentor, and how to develop and maintain a healthy mentor protégé relationship. It also contains the necessary tools to help novice nurses benefit from mentor support through difficult and sometimes frightening and confusing times. Written by Connie Vance, an innovator in nursing mentorship research, this book presents new nurses with tools to identify the perfect “mentor match” and cultivate the mentor relationship in ways that result in valuable career-building insight contributing to career success in nursing. NSNA members receive a 20% discount on free shipping in the U.S. To receive your discount, visit www.springerpub.com and use the discount code “AIFS”.
Mosby’s Tour Guide to Nursing School: A Student’s Road Survival Kit, 6th Edition
Encouraging, user-friendly, and altogether unique, Mosby’s Tour Guide to Nursing School is a highly-praised resource, and provides you with a down-to-earth yet humorous description of the “road trip” through nursing school. You’ll find helpful suggestions and strategies for coping with nursing school plus tips on time management, improving study habits, surviving clinical rotations, and balancing school, work, and family obligations. 10% off for NSNA members! To place your order visit, http://tinyurl.com/6sv7e7h.
Receive a discount on all products from www.allheart.com, including quality nursing apparel and accessories. NSNA members get $10 off a purchase of $25 or more. Enter code 33252 at checkout or use enclosed coupon. Limit 1 coupon per customer, expires July 31, 2013.
Reference Point Software
Our software makes typing APA style papers easy. Margins, Running head, references and citations are a click away. Visit www.ReferencePointSoftware.com or call 1-800-474-5058 to place your order. NSNA members will receive a 10% discount, enter code NSNAAPA at checkout.
Nursing Journal Subscription Discounts
• Nursing2012, 12 issues per year • American Journal of Nursing, 12 issues per year • Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, 6 issues per year; NSNA Member Price and includes Shipping & Handling: $26.90
American Nurse Today is the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and is a monthly award-winning, broad-based nursing journal. Editorial is peer-reviewed, practical and clinical. The journal will keep you up-to-date on best practices, help you enhance patient outcomes, and even help you advance your career. American Nurse Today’s hallmark is publishing interesting articles that all nurses can use – no matter what specialty or practice setting. The journal will also keep you up-to-date about the ANA’s advocacy for the nursing profession. Published 12 times a year – 6 print issues and 6 electronic issues. Whether you prefer to read print journals or online nursing editorial, American Nurse Today is available to you anytime, anywhere. NSNA member rate for a print/digital subscription is $14.95. Savings of 50% off regular subscription prices. Digital-only subscriptions available at $9.99. To order call HealthCom Media, Subscription Department at 1-215-489-7000 ext. 119. Be sure to identify yourself as a member of NSNA. Or, visit www.AmericanNurseToday.com to subscribe. When ordering on the website use the STUDENT option in the subscription process.
NSNA Leadership U ®
The NSNA Leadership U recognizes the leadership and management skills that students learn by virtue of their participation in the NSNA. Through a partnership between students, faculty, and their schools, NSNA members who document their involvement in NSNA may receive academic credit for participating in NSNA leadership activities. They receive an NSNA Leadership U certificate in their senior year. Enjoy a virtual college life on www.nsnaleadershipU.org.
Make Yourself Stand Out When Looking For That Perfect Job: Create Your Nursing Portfolio Online
The patented Decision Critical portfolio provides student and new nurses with a great way to stand out from the crowd. Make nurse recruiters take notice by providing them not just a resume but a professional portfolio that gives them access to the source documents like awards and letters of recommendation that demonstrate you are a professional. Keep your entire nursing professional development actives in one place and online. You can then just pick and choose what you want to share with your professors, peers, managers and nurse recruiters. As a student, you may not think you have enough content yet for it to matter; but it does. Starting in school, your experiences, courses, case logs, evaluations, clinicals, reflections and other competency indicators are being generated and must be captured as part of your portfolio. The information adds-up quickly and can easily get out of hand. Start your career off right by keeping your portfolio in a secure, electronic format and available for view online by recipients of your choosing. Stand out and get that perfect job using your free Critical Portfolio, which is another benefit of your NSNA membership.
Visit www.nsna.org under Membership Alliance Partners.
Stellar School Chapter Recognition Program
NSNA invites constituent school chapters to apply for the Stellar School Chapter Recognition Program which recognizes NSNA school chapters for their ongoing involvement in NSNA and their commitment to shared governance and professional development.
The Professional Magazine for Nursing Students, members receive five issues of Imprint® each year. This includes the special Career Planning Guide published online in January 2013. The Guide offers profiles of hospitals with positions and internships for new graduates as well as informative articles about nursing specialties and landing your first graduate
nursing position. You’ll be informed about nursing and health care legislative issues that impact your career and find out how to get involved in leadership and management activities that make you a valuable team player in all healthcare delivery settings.
This attractive pin features the NSNA logo and Nightingale Lamp in polished gold finish over a matte gold background. NSNA’s name appears in the surrounding blue border. To order, visit www.nsna.org and click under Online Order Forms.
Convention and Conference Discounts
You can register online at http://nsnamembership.org/
NSNA Convention: NSNA members pay $95.00 to pre‑register (non‑members pay $155.00).
NSNA MidYear Conference: NSNA members pay $75.00 to pre‑register (non‑members pay $110.00).
Scholarship Program Information
Members get credit for their involvement when they apply for a scholarship through the Foundation of the NSNA. Download an application from NSNA’s website, www.nsna.org, and click on the Foundation & Scholarships tab.
Only NSNA members and NSNA schools and state constituents are eligible to win NSNA contests:
Precious Metal Awards
State Excellence Award
Breakthrough to Nursing ® Project Award
Community Health Project Award
Bylaws and Policies Award
Disaster Preparedness Award
Empowering Resolutions Award
Global Initiatives in Nursing e Award
Robert V. Piemonte Financial Excellence Award
Image of Nursing Project Award
Web Site Award
Isabel Hampton Robb Leadership Award (sponsored by Elsevier)
Leader of Leaders Award (sponsored by Elsevier)
NSNA/Nursing Spectrum /Nurse Week Writing Contest
APNA-Janssen Student Scholarship Program
Download the NSNA Awards and Honors Booklet for more information, www.nsna.org.
*Note: Discount prices and percentages quoted in this section are subject to change.