participate in the nsna breakthrough to nursing project
As an NSNA leader, you'll learn and practice essential leadership skills by participating in the Breakthrough to Nursing (BTN) Project. The goal of the BTN Project is to increase the number of underrepresented students enrolled in and graduated from nursing schools. The following may be helpful when approaching faculty to explore the possibility of having your participation in the BTN Project partially fulfill course requirements or independent study elective. Use your course syllabus to see if you can meet the objectives with the following leadership activities.
BTN Leadership activities
Serve as a member of the chapter's BTN Leadership Team (i.e., Board of Directors/Executive Board).
Accomplish the goals and objectives of the BTN Project.
By participating in the btn project you will be able to:
List your leadership attributes;
State a personal vision for the future of the nursing profession;
Explain the complex role organizations play in the profession and society;
Define the role of the volunteer within the team structure.
BTN Learning OBJECTIVES
The 2011-12 BTN Director shares his insights on tips for recruiting minorities and other underrepresented populations into the nursing profession.
Articulate the issues related to recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in the nursing profession;
Explain the need for increasing the number of underrepresented populations into nursing;
Prepare an agenda and to run a committee meeting (or participate in a committee meeting);
Present written and verbal reports of progress made toward reaching committee's goals;
Analyze and articulate issues related to the recruitment and retention of qualified students into the profession;
Create and implement community service projects to address these issues;
Practice collaboration among peers, faculty and community leaders.
Breakthrough to nursing (BTN) committee responsibilities*
BTN Committee team leader:
Establish a Breakthrough to Nursing Committee at your school;
Schedule BTN Committee meetings;
Set an agenda and send out a call to meeting and chair the meeting;
Develop and present written and verbal reports of committee's deliberations and activities to the chapter executive board and chapter membership.
BTN Committee Team:
Read NSNA's Breatkthrough to Nursing Guidelines;
Evaluate Breakthrough to Nursing and recruitment activities currently underway;
Develop a theme for Breakthrough to Nursing Campaign (or reaffirm old one);
Review NSNA's policies and resolutions that pertain to BTN;
Identify 2 or 3 goals for Breakthrough to Nursing Committee to accomplish in 2 semesters;
Publicize Breakthrough to Nursing activities by providing new items for school and state chapter newsletters and/or websites;
Communicate activities to state and national Breakthrough to Nursing chairs;
Serve as a liaison with faculty recruitment committee and school of nursing recruitment staff;
Initiate and facilitate appropriate partnerships with community hospitals; medical centers and others to students into nursing;
Submit your project for NSNA Breakthrough to Nursing award.
*See your chapter bylaws for the BTN role and responsibilities specific to your school or state chapter.
For a list of attributes and competencies for future nurse leaders and managers, click here. For a printable version of the information above, click here.