Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Student Nurses Association Receives National Recognition

When OSU-Oklahoma City’s Student Nurses Association (SNA) president took office last fall, her top priority was to create a nationally recognized chapter. That dream became a reality this semester as the university’s SNA received recognition from the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). The association opens opportunities to participate in national events, allows students the opportunity to run for office on the Oklahoma Nursing Student Association board, and more.


SNA President Alexandra Hall said OSU-OKC was without national representation, even though the school has a higher average pass rate compared against the state average on the post-graduate licensure examination for RN students. “OSU-OKC has cutting-edge technology and tools in RN education, top-notch faculty and staff, and a continuous flow of prospective students that keeps the applicant pool competitive,” said Hall. “If a chapter is not recognized, that chapter has no voice in state or national issues.”


OSU-OKC has now joined other four- and two-year colleges in the state, including Oklahoma City Community College, Langston University, University of Oklahoma and University of Central Oklahoma.


Faculty advisor Jennifer Duerksen said NSNA membership gives students more opportunities for success, leadership and community service. “Our students now have access to more scholarship opportunities, advanced career counseling, portfolio assistance and even the ability to collaborate with professional role models,” she said.


According to Hall, the next step to mold the newly accredited chapter was to attend the NSNA Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Two students, Hall and Kathryn Cornforth, were sent to represent OSU-OKC’s organization.


This year’s convention, titled “Strong Voices and Big Dreams: Influencing the Future,” will allow the students a chance to attend leadership workshops, strengthen the chapter, as well as attend the House of Delegates session to learn invaluable legislative skills and parliamentary procedure. In addition, students will engage in educational opportunities such as: nursing research, career profession, nursing informatics, patient-centered care seminars and colloquiums.


“I am excited to see our nursing students grow and learn how they can make a difference in our world through their future profession,” said Duerksen.


For more information about OSU-OKC’s SNA, visit www.osuokc.edu/studentdevelopment/osna.aspx. For more information regarding the OSU-OKC Nurse Science program, visit www.osuokc.edu/nursing or call the Division of Health Sciences at (405) 945-3313.

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OSU-OKC SNA President Alexandra Hall, left, and OSU-OKC SNA member Katherine Cornforth, right, with Dr. Linda Silvestri, RN, at the National Student Nurses Association Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Silvestri has authored several National Council Licensure Examination review books that are pertinent to the nursing students’ education.