The Nebraska State Student Nurses Association (NSSNA) is a statewide organization for student nurses in Nebraska and is a constituent of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA).
NSSNA is independently organized and governed by Nebraska nursing students. In 2019, there were over 2000 members whose membership came from nursing programs throughout the state.
Founded in 1952, NSSNA is an organization for students enrolled in associate, baccalaureate and diploma nursing programs. It is dedicated to fostering the leadership and professional development of nursing students.
NSSNA's Board is made up of 11 nursing students who are elected at the organization's annual convention, one non-voting consultant and one non-voting student advisor who are appointed by the Nebraska Student Nurses Association to provide guidance to the association.
Over 100 nursing students participate in NSSNA's Annual Convention, which gives Nebraska nursing students the opportunity to hear well-known speakers, discuss trends and issues relevant to nursing today, learn about leadership, nurse specialties and career development activities. In addition, there is a mini NCLEX review and opportunities to network with other students from across Nebraska and the region. Panels, exhibits, education sessions and fun events round out a conference designed to help students prepare for their careers as professional nurses.
OUR 2022 - 2023 Board
Bailey Oetken is a first-year nursing student for the RN program at Mid-Plains Community College. She is expected to graduate in May of 2023 with her associates of nursing degree. Bailey grew up helping her grandparents and taking care of them at home which first stemmed her interest in the nursing field. Bailey has always wanted to go into nursing as she wants to help people and has always been fascinated by the medical and science community. Bailey has worked as a CNA/CMA for 3 years now and her plans after nursing school include transferring and continuing her degree to obtain her BSN. This is her second year as a member of the NSSNA Board and has helped by volunteering for things such as Santa Cop here in North Platte, reaching out to sponsors, and helped set up for state convention that was in February of 2022. Some things that Bailey enjoys outside of the classroom is art, music, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Bailey’s goal while being in the position of President is to communicate well with her fellow board members, delegate and lead to the best of her abilities, and to help plan a great state convention for 2023. Bailey is honored to have the opportunity to be the President for the 2022-2023 board and is looking forward to this upcoming year.
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Savanah Tille is a first-year at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska. She will be graduating in May of 2023 with her Associates Degree in Nursing. Savanah grew up in Ogallala, Nebraska, with three younger siblings. Her younger siblings had helped her find her passion in caring for others and have helped motivate her through her schooling. She received her CNA in 2020, and then her Med Aide in 2021, and currently works as often as possible in a Nursing Facility. After graduation, Savanah would like to gain experience working in a rural hospital and continue with her education to receive a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Savanah's end goal of nursing is to work in Oncology as a Chemotherapy Nurse. She is excited to work with her current board members and serve her community however she can for the 2022-2023 term.
Sara Speedy is a junior (3rd year) at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is expected to graduate in May of 2023. She will graduate with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Sara wants to get some experience working on the floor, and then become a travel nurse. Sara is originally from Dillon, Colorado. Outside of school, she enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, and being outside in the mountains with her 2 black labs. During high school Sara got her Certified Nurses Aide license which sparked her interest in becoming a nurse. This is Sara’s first year on the NSSNA board. She served as Secretary for her school chapter from May 2021 to February of 2022. This year, Sara’s goal is to maintain and communicate the budget with fellow board members, gain more leadership experience, and meet individuals in the nursing profession outside of her school. Sara is excited and honored to serve as Treasurer for the 2022-2023 year.
Alex Ellermeier is a 1st year Nursing Student at Mid Plains Community College and is anticipating to graduate with an Associate’s of Science and an Associate’s Degree of Nursing in May of 2023. She grew up in a small town called Curtis where she graduated high school at Medicine Valley Public School in the spring of 2019 and then started her college career at Mid Plains Community College in the fall of 2019. For the entire duration of 2020, she was a CNA at Great Plains Health in the ICU where she was gained valuable nursing exposure and had firsthand experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past two years she has been completing her prerequisites that are required for the nursing program and is currently enrolled in the program completing nursing courses. She is eager to be a part of NSSNA and help other nursing students take advantage of opportunities that are available to them.
Breakthrough Chair Director
Madison Wynne is a first-year nursing student, expected to graduate from UNMC CON- Western Nebraska Division in May of 2023 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Madison grew up in Kimball, Nebraska and then attended college at Nebraska Wesleyan University for two years, where she completed her prerequisites for the UNMC nursing program. Madison has always had an interest in working as a healthcare professional and found that her love of science and building relationships are excellent qualities for becoming a nurse. Madison has worked as a CNA/CMA in a long-term care facility, memory care facility, and assisted living facility where her passion for nursing grew. Madison is also involved in nursing school with her local SNA chapter, Student Alliance for Global Health, AHEC Scholars, Primary Care Scholars, UNMC CON Academic Review Committee, and as the undergraduate research committee representative. Madison plans on continuing her education and obtaining her Doctorate ing Science of Nursing degree. Madison is very honored to hold the Breakthrough to Nursing chair for the 2022-2023 year. Madison’s goal while holding the position of Breakthrough to Nursing Chair is to reach out to numerous local SNA boards and students to recruit and promote the nursing profession and provide ways to be active in the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association.
Community Service Director
Ellie Sandberg is in the LPN program at Mid-Plains Community College hoping to transfer into the LPN to RN bridge program during the summer. Ellie has always been passionate about helping other and volunteering time to give back to the community. This love for people and the drive to help other drew her to a career in nursing. After graduating form nursing school Ellie hopes to work either in OB or the NICU where she can pursue her want to provide care for children and infants. When Ellie is not occupied with classes she enjoys going back to the farm and ranch she grew up on and spending time with her family. Growing up she was involved with numerous community events including food pantries, town festivals, church events, etc. Ellie has always been proactive regarding helping in the community and has continued to do so throughout her college years. Ellie joined NSSNA in 2021 and was elected for the Community Service Director position and was reelected for the same position for the 2022 term. Ellie is honored to serve as the 2022 Community Service Director and looks forward to this opportunity and giving back to the community.
Raven Lance is the NSSNA Consultant. She is currently a Cardiovascular ICU Staff Nurse at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. She previously served on the NSSNA board from 2018-2019 as the Image of Nursing Director. During that time, she worked to revamp the social media presence and created the Image of Nursing Social Media Award with the Image of Nursing Committee. She served in many professional organizations during her time in nursing school and participated in many community service activities. She was the 2019 Nebraska State Student Nurse of the Year, which she notes as one of the greatest honors that she has ever received. She graduated in the spring of 2019 with her BSN from Clarkson College. She enjoys her time as a nurse, and spending time with her husband and two children. She hopes to eventually go back to school and study law with the end goal of working on health policy. She has also been extremely interested in CRNA school for many years. "There are many very different career paths, but that is the beauty of nursing you can go in so many different directions!"
Tracy Tran is currently a third semester nursing student attending the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska and is expecting to graduate with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in May of 2022. Tracy always knew that she belonged in the healthcare field. She worked as a CNA at CountryHouse in a memory care unit and at CHI Health Good Samaritan as a Student Nurse Technician (SNT). She continues to work as a SNT at CHI Health St. Elizabeth in PCU/CCU. Her plans after nursing school is to work on a psychiatric unit as a registered nurse while she continues to advance her education to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in order to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Tracy currently serves on the Undergraduate Academic Curriculum Committee, Student Alliance for Global Health and is an Admission Ambassador for UNMC - Lincoln. Outside of school, she enjoys weight-training, spending time with friends and family, and drinking her daily dose of iced coffee. Tracy’s goal is to recruit students to be a part of NSSNA as this is an organization that will help future nurses become leaders of the nursing profession. Tracy is honored to serve you as the next NSSNA Breakthrough to Nursing Director.