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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is NSNA/NSSNA?

  • Why should I join NSNA/NSSNA?

  • Will I be a member of my state or local school nurse organization when I join NSNA/NSSNA?

  • What are the benefits of joining NSNA/NSSNA?

  • Are there scholarships available?

  • Who can be a member of NSNA/NSSNA?

  • What publications are included as benefits for joining NSNA/NSSNA?


Founded in 1952, NSNA/NSSNA 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.

Why should I join NSNA/NSSA?

NSNA/NSSNA is the only pre professional organization for nursing students. Nursing organizations can be beneficial to all nurses because they help complete the circle between clinical practice and the outside factors that influence nursing. Joining one of these organizations can benefit your clinical skills and also improve both your professional network and future career prospects.

Will I be a member of my state or local school nurse organization when I join NSNA/NSSA?

When you join NSNA you are automatically a member of your state organization. You can join for one or two years.  Dues are set by each state. Refer to following for specific dues for your state:

What are the benefits of joining NSNA/NSSA?

Joining a nursing organization has many benefits, including:

Are there scholarships available?

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 4.3 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. The scholarships are offered once a year at the Spring Annual Convention.

Who can be a member of NSNA/NSSA?

Nursing students and pre-nursing students in any state-approved program preparing for registered nurse licensure (including direct entry masters). In addition, Registered nurses in a program leading to a baccalaureate in nursing. Sustaining membership in NSNA is open to non-students, new graduates, faculty advisors, deans/directors, schools of nursing, and agencies. When you join NSNA you will also be a member of your state organization. See for details or you can join online at

What publications are included as a benefit for joining NSNA/NSSNA?

NSNA's official magazine, Imprint, is published 5 times a year.  All NSNA members receive an annual subscription to Imprint. Annual subscription includes four mailed issues (Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec, Feb/March, and April/May). The January Career Planning issue is online-only, and all members will be emailed a link to access the issue after publication.

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