5 Nursing Associations in Tennessee Students Can Join
posted April 11th, 2014 by Tricia Hussung
Nursing is the fastest-growing profession in healthcare with Tennessee medical facilities seeking out experienced, connected nurses to fill their staff in a move to elevate the level of care offered to patients. Advanced education is one component of a well-rounded nursing professional. In addition, online nursing degrees can make earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) more accessible and easier for current nursing professionals looking to step up their nursing career. King University’s RN to BSN program is designed for nurses with a diploma or associate degree who are looking for education to propel their nursing career forward. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), King’s School of Nursing is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
King University’s online RN to BSN program will help you make valuable connections with instructors and peers who can help promote greater success in the job market after graduation. Membership in nursing associations is another resource for gaining meaningful connections during and even after graduation. Here are some local nursing associations you can join as a student to help propel your nursing career forward after graduation:
The TASN fosters a collaborative learning experience for student nurses seeking bigger stakes in the healthcare industry and nursing profession. You can join committees or take on leadership roles for more involvement in organizational operations and an inside look into the industry. The TASN’s mission is focused around the student nurse by providing needed resources for educational advancement and professional skill development. You also have the opportunity to become industry advocates for high-quality healthcare.
Formed over a century ago to promote and protect the nursing profession and facilitate a healthier Tennessee, TNA is a leading nursing association with tremendous influence throughout the state. As a constituent of the American Nurses Association (ANA), TNA has a national voice in issues affecting registered nurses. As a member, you can become involved in local chapters through participation on committees, including advanced practice registered nurse committees, continuing education committees, government affairs and health policy committees, public and professional relations committees and more. You can also engage with fellow members and your community through volunteer opportunities.
Tennessee Association of Occupational Health Nurses (TAOHN)
Occupational health nursing is a specialized nursing field with tremendous impact on public health. TAOHN works to advance this specialized nursing field through continued learning, the implementation and management of professional standards and ethics, legislative advocacy, public communications and partnerships with state and local officials. As a member of TAOHN, you will be an active part of their continued mission and gain an advantage in the field through continued learning opportunities and access to the association’s membership and resource bank.
TANA is a nonprofit association with a mission of advancing patient safety and access to high-quality anesthesia care through a united professional front. With just under 2,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Tennessee, this specialized nursing profession is growing across the state with CRNA’s finding employment in large university hospitals, rural community hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices. TANA aims to unite these specialized nurses in order to improve the quality of patient care and advance their practice.
The Tennessee State Council ENA is the state chapter of the national association dedicated to the advancement of emergency nursing and provides effective leadership for emergency nursing and care in Tennessee and across the country. With a constant eye on patient safety and excellence in care, the Tennessee State Council ENA strives to advance the profession and emergency nurses through continued education, government advocacy and public communication.
King University’s BSN builds a solid educational foundation for nurses seeking advanced career opportunities. Membership in nursing associations can provide you with necessary connections and valuable resources for career advancement after graduation.