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Graduate Nursing Student Academy LOGOGraduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) 

The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) provides high value programs, services, and resources to graduate nursing students enrolled in master's and doctoral programs at AACN member schools. The GNSA is committed to supporting graduate students preparing for careers as faculty members, researchers, advanced practice registered nurses, clinical nurse leaders, policy experts, and healthcare administrators, among other roles.


ND Nurse Practioner Accociation LOGO North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association (NDNPA)

The mission of NDNPA is to promote quality support, advocacy, leadership and continued education of nurse practitioners in North Dakota. The North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association (NDNPA) originated from a statewide, grassroots effort by three pro-active nurse practitioners from across North Dakota. Since that time, the group has elected officials, established bylaws, and begun work on important legislative issues. They have also networked with other state, regional, and national nursing groups. 


North Dakota Nurses Association (NDNA)

The North Dakota Nurses Association (NDNA) is the only professional organization representing all nurses in North Dakota. The Mission of NDNA is to advance the nursing profession by promoting professional development of nurses, fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the safety and well-being of nurses in the workplace, and advocating for nurses and the public.

American Nurses Association (ANA)American Nurses Association (ANA)

Founded in 1896, the American Nurses Association (ANA) serves as one of the oldest and largest professional nurse organizations in the country. Subsidiaries of the ANA include the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Foundation, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center, making it one of the most comprehensive nurse organizations available to professionals.


American Academy of Nursing

Members of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) are among the most educated in our profession, with 90% holding doctoral degrees and the remaining 10% holding masters degrees. The Academy places a heavy focus on advancing the nursing profession through innovative leadership and the distribution of expert nursing knowledge.


American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.


National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)

The National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) offers career development support to students who are preparing for initial nursing licensure. This organization offers nursing student resource guides, NCLEX resources, and tools for career planning. Further, the NSNA serves as an excellent resource for students who are seeking networking opportunities and information about potential career pathways.


National League for Nursing LOGONational League for Nursing (NLN)

The National League for Nursing (NLN) was founded in 1893. It is the oldest professional nurse organizations in the United States. The NLN represents nursing education in healthcare organizations and institutions of higher learning. It offers extensive opportunities for networking, continuous education, and professional development.


Sigma International Nursing LOGOSigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma)

Students who meet the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) eligibility criteria are invited to join Sigma – baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Contact Billie Madler at to join University of Mary's SIGMA branch. This will grant you access to the Journal of Nursing Scholarship and Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing databases. Application required.


International Council of Nurses

The International Council of Nurses is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations, representing the more than 27 million nurses worldwide.

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American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) 

The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) promotes specialty nurse certification and represents approximately 750,000 certified nurses around the world. The ABNS promotes lifelong learning and career development as a means to enhance patient safety and improve healthcare outcomes across a variety of practice settings. 


Academy of Medical-Surgical NursesAcademy of Medical – Surgical Nurses (AMSN)

With more than 11,500 members, the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) represents the largest subspecialty of the nursing profession. The AMSN offers clinical practice resources, career guidance, professional development tools, and publications specifically related to the medical – surgical nursing roles.


Emergency Nurses Association The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) 

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has more than 42,000 members who practice in diverse emergency department settings across the world. The ENA offers members access to clinical resources, job opportunities, free continuing education, and global networking. 


 American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)

With over 100,000 national and international members, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) is the world’s largest specialty nursing organization. The AACN offers critical care certification resources, continuing education opportunities, and networking events that help to support its core values of accountability, innovation, leadership, and collaboration.


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Yale University Library. (2020, July 27). Research impact: Broadening your impact.

Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Student Ambassador Program


A nursing student’s life can be tough to navigate. Between classes, practicum, studying, and papers, students are expected to juggle competing responsibilities. Add into that mix the need to be healthy, safe, and well, and students are up against a real challenge.  In fact, ANA’s Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation research shows that  36% get of nursing students get less than 7 hours of sleep each night, and only 6% eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.

That’s where Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) comes in!  HNHN is a social movement designed to transform the health of the nation by improving the health of the nation's nurses and nursing students.  HNHN:
  • Broadly connects and engages individual nurses, students, and partner organizations to act within five domains: physical activity, sleep, nutrition, quality of life, and safety.

  • Provides a web-based platform, called HNHN Connect, to inspire action, cultivate friendly competition, provide content and resources, gather data, and connect nurses and students with each other, employers, healthcare organizations, nurse associations, and schools of nursing. 

HNHN is open to all and is available at no cost. 

A unique opportunity for Graduate Nursing Student Academy Liaisons!

ANA Enterprise has partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to bring you the HNHN Student Ambassador program. 
GNSA Liaisons interested in serving as Student Ambassadors are asked to:

  • Educate key leaders at your university on partnership with HNHN and the opportunities to join HNHN as a Champion or Collaborator. 

  • Recruit fellow nursing students, faculty, or other nurses to join HNHN and affiliate with your school if appropriate. Ambassadors will receive resources from ANA for recruitment. 

  • Connect with advisors, deans, and/or nursing professors about HNHN. Use these individuals as a resource to assist in the coordination of your effort.

  • Engage fellow students and faculty by advertising the program on school websites and newsletters.  

Student Ambassador benefits:

  • Leadership development opportunities.

  • Training calls and webinars.

  • Toolkit for recruiting student nurses, RNs, schools of nursing, and universities, which will include fact sheets, a PowerPoint presentation, social media language, and more.

  • Recruitment contests.

  • Recognition via certificates, social media, newsletters, and blogs (American Association of Colleges of Learning).


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