California Nursing Students' Association leads by example, creating a statewide community of politically conscious, technologically savvy, and socially aware nursing students. CNSA fosters the transition of the student to the role of the professional nurse through the development of leadership, activism, and advocacy. CNSA supports scholarship, volunteerism, and mentorship to influence nursing education and nursing care in California.
We provide members with opportunities for mentorship and collaboration with nurse leaders. We prepare members for leadership roles and opportunities in both Professional and Specialty Associations; in the workplace and the community. We enhance members' communication and public speaking skills. We encourage members to develop independence, follow-through and delegation skills. We provide opportunities for members to network with peers, future nurse leaders and current nurse leaders at the national, state, school and community level.
We acknowledge, the importance educating students in safety, competence and technology. We encourage involvement with faculty by keeping the professional community aware of students' needs. We educate students through breakout sessions on topics not in curriculum. We recognize nursing as an evolving profession and we encourage learning through the span of the nurse's career.
We believe that student nurses should be acculturated into the role of patient advocate; as such we encourage student activism. We generate greater appreciation in members regarding advocacy and activism by educating them about the finite quality of healthcare resources and the importance of equitable distributor of those resources. We go to extraordinary lengths to involve our members in the politics of healthcare, providing them with access to information, as well as instruction from some of the most prominent nurse leaders in the nation. We strive to create an environment of learning and involvement amongst our members at a local, statewide, national, and international level. Our success is dependent upon the collective energy and intelligence of all our members and the auspices of those that guide CNSA.
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