As a student leader, you'll learn and practice essential leadership skills by initiating an NSNA chapter in your school. NSNA members may earn formal credit for the leadership learning that is inherent in starting a chapter. Consider approaching faculty to explore the possibility of having your start-a-chapter experience counted toward course requirements or independent study elective credit. Use your course syllabus to see if you can meet the objectives with the following leadership activities:
start-a-chapter leadership activities
Establish a Start-A-Chapter committee;
Become and official NSNA chapter.
by participating in this activity, you will be able to:
Identify and list your leadership attributes;
Evaluate your personal capacity for leadership;
Demonstrate an understanding of the complex role organizations play in the profession and society.
start-a-chapter learning objectives
Learn the role of bylaws, policies, and procedures in organizations;
Create or review bylaws, polices, and procedures for the chapter;
Prepare an agenda and run a meeting;
Present written and verbal reports of committee deliberations;
Analyze issues related to chapter bylaws, policies, and procedures;
Conduct mass meetings to establish the chapter and to approve the bylaws;
Understand how to use resources related to the role (i.e. Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised);
Understand and practice collaboration among peers.
Membership RECRUITMENT committee team leader
Work with a faculty advisor to engage faculty support for chapter activities and NSNA involvement;
Establish a Membership Recruitment Committee at your school;
Schedule Committee meetings;
Set the agenda and send out a call to meeting and Chair the meeting;
Develop and preset written and verbal reports of committee's deliberations and activities to the chapter executive board and chapter membership.
membership recruitment committee team
Read NSNA's Membership Recruitment Guidelines;
Evaluate membership recruitment activities currently underway;
Develop a theme for the membership campaign (or reaffirm the old one);
Review NSNA's policies and resolutions that pertain to membership;
Identify 2 or 3 goals for the Committee to accomplish in semesters;
Sign up for Project In Touch Recruiter number;
Publicize Membership activities by providing news items for school and state chapter newsletters, websites, and social media;
Communicate activities to state an national Membership Committee chairs;
Serve as a liaison with faculty to get the word out about NSNA membership;
Submit your project to the Happenings column in Imprint.
See your chapter bylaws for the role and responsibilities specific to your school or state chapter for all committees.
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