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Founded in 1952, the National Student Nurses’ Association 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.

60,000 nursing students in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

NSNA Mission Statement
To mentor nursing 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.

NSNA members participate in community health and legislative/education projects and other activities to recruit students into the profession. Special activities include:

  • Breakthrough to Nursing Project, designed to increase the number of underrepresented populations into the nursing profession.
  • Implementation of the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Students of Nursing
  • Model Code of Ethics for chapter and student adoption.
  • NSNA Leadership University  - Students earn academic credit for participating in NSNA’s many shared governance activities.


  • Imprint - Five issues published during the school year.  Members receive four issues in the mail. The January Career Planning Guide is published online.
  • NSNA News - Three issues of an electronic newsletter published online each year for student leaders, faculty advisors, deans and directors. 
  • Dean 's Notes - a newsletter containing items of interest to nursing school deans and directors published by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. 

The NSNA Board of Directors is composed of ten nursing students who are elected to serve for one year. Two consultants provide guidance (without a vote). The Consultants are appointed by the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. Students are also elected to serve on the Nominating and Elections Committee. A House of Delegates meets annually to elect officers and to debate issues relevant to nursing education and practice. Delegates come from 700 schools and state NSNA chapters. National staff provides administrative support.

Annual Convention

Each April, approximately 3,000 nursing students gather in a major city to attend educational programs, participate in leadership and professional development activities, attend a keynote and endnote address, plenary sessions, focus sessions, association activity seminars, an auction to support nursing scholarships, and exhibits. The House of Delegates meets during the Annual Convention. Click here for more information on the NSNA Annual Convention.

MidYear Career Planning Conference

This annual conference offers professional development activities, career counseling, exhibits, a state board review, keynote address, specialty nursing career panels and career development workshops. Click here for more information on the NSNA Annual MidYear Career Planning Conference. 

Summer Leadership Conference
The Conference is held each year so that attendees can gain a better understanding of NSNA’s mission and programs; they can take back ideas to their organizations to create stronger school and state chapters; and to problem solve and share ideas. Click here for more information on the NSNA Summer Leadership Conference.

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA)
The FNSNA was created in memory of Frances Tompkins, the association’s first executive director. As a non-profit corporation (501 C-3), the FNSNA is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The FNSNA has distributed over 3.1 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. Funds are raised by regional events sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

Administration and Finances
The NSNA is a non-profit (501 C-6) corporation. The executive director is Diane J. Mancino EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN. For further information, call or write to:

National Student Nurses' Association, Inc.
Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association, Inc
45 Main Street, Suite 606
Brooklyn , NY 11201
(718) 210-0705
Fax (718) 797-1186
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