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4 Nursing Associations in Tennessee Students Can Join

April 11, 2014

Advanced education is an essential component of a well-rounded nursing education. Membership can mean access to opportunities, greater success in the job market, and making meaningful professional connections. While King University’s online RN to BSN program will help get you started, joining a local nursing association is crucial to help propel your nursing career forward after graduation.


Tennessee Student Nurses Association (TSNA)

The TSNA seeks to organize, represent, and communicate with students who are currently in nursing training programs. These include those preparing for initial Licensure as Registered Nurses through diploma, associate degree or baccalaureate degree programs, students enrolled in pre-nursing curriculum, and RNs enrolled in baccalaureate programs. The strive to promote the development of skills needed by students as they enter the nursing profession, educate students on the importance of nursing associations, and advocate for high quality health care. Members have the opportunity to join committees, become industry advocates, or take on leadership roles for more involvement in organizational operations. TSNA focuses on student nurses by providing needed resources for educational advancement and professional skill development.

Benefits include:

  • Automatic Membership in TASN with NSNA membership
  • Discounted Admission to the NSNA and TASN Conventions
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Health and Accident Insurance
  • Liability Insurance
  • Access to Professional Role Models
  • Scholarship and Award Opportunities
  • Free Access to Online Portfolio Builder

Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA)

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.

Benefits include:

  • Personal and professional liability insurance
  • Discounted career advancement courses
  • Discounts on the Professional Legal Nurse Consultant (PLNC) Certification Course
  • ANCC Certification Discounts
  • TNA Career Center access

Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TANA)

The Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TANA) is a nonprofit association whose purpose is to advance the profession of nurse anesthesia, enhance the art and science of anesthesiology, and facilitate the provision of accessible, affordable, high quality care. 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.

Benefits include:

  • Networking
  • Access to career advancement resources

Tennessee State Council Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

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.

Benefits include:

  • Conferences
  • Networking opportunities

The Next Step in Your Nursing Career

Membership in nursing associations can provide you with necessary connections and valuable resources for career development. However, students first need a solid foundation with the right degree. At King University, the online RN to BSN allows working nurses to complete their four year degree, successfully preparing them for career advancement. Offered fully online, the degree is flexible and can easily fit around work and life commitments.