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NSNA’s mission is to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, and to convey the standards, ethics, and skills that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession.

Founded in 1952, NSNA is a nonprofit organization for students enrolled in associate, baccalaureate, diploma, and generic graduate nursing programs. It is dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students.

The organization has over 60,000 members in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

NSNA PinNSNA's Board of Directors is made up of 10 nursing students who are elected at the organization's Annual Convention. Two non-voting consultants are appointed by the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nurses to provide guidance. NSNA also employs a full-time staff headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.

Over 3,000 nursing students participate in NSNA's Annual Convention, which features leadership and career development activities, opportunities to listen to renowned nursing leaders, hear about job opportunities and the chance to network with hundreds of other students. The program includes a state board exam mini review.
NSNA holds a second meeting which attracts over 1,500 students yearly: the MidYear Conference offers workshops and panels on career and association development as well as a state board exam mini-review.

The Foundation of the NSNA, created in memory of NSNA's first executive director, Frances Tompkins, is a non-profit corporation (501 C-3) organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The FNSNA has distributed over 2 million dollars in scholarships for undergraduate nursing education. The Promise of Nursing Regional Scholarship Program, administered by the FNSNA, provides undergraduate and graduate nursing scholarships and school grants.

NSNA's official magazine, Imprint, publishes five times during the academic year (There is no summer issue) and is mailed to the entire membership, with bonus issues distributed during the MidYear Conference and Convention. Please note that the January issue will be published online-only, accessible at

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  • Bring together 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, evidence-based, affordable and accessible health care.
  • Advocate for and contribute to advances in nursing education.
  • Develop nursing students who are prepared to lead the profession in the future.

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NSNA maintains a headquarters office in Brooklyn, NY. Depending on the area of responsibility, executive staff work directly with members of the Board of Directors, committees, and NSNA appointed representatives.
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Diane J. Mancino, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN
Executive Director

Appointed by and directly responsible to the Board of Directors through the president. Manages and directs all operations, programs, activities and affairs of the association. The Executive Director is responsible for the employment, termination of employment, and determination of compensation for all staff and supporting personnel within the framework of policy aims and programs as generally determined by the Board of Directors. Dr. Mancino also serves as Executive Director of the Foundation of the NSNA.
Lydia Marshall, Administrative Assistant

Dev Persaud, MA
Director of Finance and Administration

Serves as staff consultant to the secretary/treasurer of the NSNA and FNSNA; drafts annual budget for NSNA and FNSNA for Board approval; monitors income and expenses; supervises accountant and works with auditor; oversees investments and preparation of all taxes and develops internal systems and procedures.
Romana Ahmed, Assistant Accountant

Larisa Mendez Downes, MA

Communications Consultant 

Serves as Imprint managing editor; is responsible for overseeing publications; and serves as the association's public relations liaison. Responsible for the Convention press room and the Convention News.

Career Center Webmaster
Maisha Hollis, Editorial Assistant 

Judith Tyler, MA, RN
Conference and Program Planning Consultant

Coordinates the association's programs including Legislative/Education ; Bylaws/Policies;  Community Health and Disaster Preparedness activities with the chairperson(s). Coordinates association governance activities with the Executive Director. Coordinates the planning and implementation of the Annual Convention and MidYear meetings. 

Qiana Valenzuela, Administrative Assistant

Cathy Ramos, AD
Membership Staff Specialist
Plans and executes annual membership marketing plan including preparation of publicity materials, mailings, recruitment and retention activities; develops membership benefits and services programs; coordinates membership contests; and maintains membership statistics. Coordinates design and distribution of the Convention and MidYear Brochures. Serves as staff support for membership director. Administers NSNA's records management program. Coordinates marketing and provides consultation to states and schools on establishing and managing chapters.
Qiana Valenzuela, Administrative Assistant

Jasmine Melendez, MA
Scholarship and Grants  Administrator
Oversees FNSNA undergraduate scholarship administration including the Promise of Nursing and general scholarship programs. Manages school grant program and graduate nursing education Fellowships. Coordinates distribution and oversight of scholarships and grants. Serves as liaison to general scholarship sponsors. Assists in the planning and implementation of special functions and events such as the Annual Awards Ceremony and fundraising events.
Lauren Sperle, FNSNA Executive Assistant

Jaime Aguilar
Systems Support

Performs computer systems and equipment operations in support of administrative and related activities.  

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc.
Advertising, Exhibit and Convention Management

Handles all promotion for Imprint, and the Convention and MidYear Conference advertising; administers Exhibitor promotion and advertising for both meetings; and works with the NSNA staff to manage the NSNA Convention and MidYear Conference. The offices of Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. are located in Pitman, NJ.


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The name National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. (NSNA)® may be used only by official NSNA school and state constituents with the following wording: (Insert name of school or state association) is an official constituent of the National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc.® No other wording is acceptable without NSNA’s® permission. The NSNA® logo may not be used by anyone, including members of school or state chapters.

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