Nursing Student Organizations

East Central University Student Nurses Association (Ada, Ardmore, Durant)

ECUNSA is the student organization for nursing students on any of the three campuses. Although the organizations on each campus function as autonomous groups of nursing students, the three organizations have common functions and responsibilities as defined by the bylaws.  They also frequently interact and share resources and information.  The scope of the bylaws are based on those established by the National Student Nursing Association (NSNA), and are in compliance with the guidelines and policies of the School of Nursing. Meetings are generally held once a month, with an annual picnic at the end of the spring semester to elect officers for the following year. Membership is open to any student who has declared nursing as a major. Dues are $5.00 per year. All nursing students are strongly encouraged to join early in the program and become active members by running for office.

This organization provides nursing students with the opportunity to participate in campus and community service activities. ECUNSA's purposes are directed towards helping in the development of nursing students as future health professionals and improving the health care of the residents of southeastern Oklahoma. Members provide various health related service projects to the community often in conjunction with other interdisciplinary groups. Membership in ECUNSA promotes the development of leadership skills, professional role socialization and accountability for the health of multicultural groups.

Officers of ECUNSA attend the annual ONA/SNA convention in Oklahoma City or Tulsa with monetary help from the local organization as funds permit. All members are encouraged to become candidates for the Board of Directors of the OSNA.

For more information contact:
Ada Campus:
Dr. Anne Davis
Campus Phone: 580-559-5427

Ardmore Campus:
Anna Duran
Campus Phone: 580-223-2904

Durant Campus:
Kristy Calloway
Campus Phone: 580-745-3199

Oklahoma Nursing Student Association (ONSA)

OSNA is one of the constituents of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) and is composed of school chapters from Oklahoma with 7 or more members.  The purposes of the OSNA include making contributions to nursing education, providing educational programs, helping in the development of nursing students, and improving the quality of future health care providers.

The Board of Directors (BOD) of the OSNA is elected once a year at the annual ONS/SNA Convention.  The BOD meets once a month at the various members' nursing schools and conducts a variety of activities such as educational programs, community projects and planning for the annual Legislative Day and ONA/SNA convention.  Term of office is one year, and the president must have served on the board for at least 1 year prior to being elected president.

ONSA provides students with the opportunity to participate in a professional organization on a wider scale than the local organization and become involved with a range of education and health care issues at the state level.  Although becoming a board member requires a commitment in time and effort, students who become board members gain valuable experience in leadership and group work.  Board members attend the annual NSNA convention that is held in various cities across the United States with monetary help from ONSA as available.

Additional information is available from ONSA:

6414 N. Santa Fe, Suite A
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)

NSNA is the only national organization for nursing students and it is the largest independent student professional organization in the United States.

The mission of NSNA is to:

  • organize, represent, and mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses as well as those nurses enrolled in baccalaureate completion programs;
  • promote development of skills needed to be responsible and accountable members of the nursing profession;
  • advocate high quality health care.

The purpose of NSNA is to assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for the highest quality health care; provide programs representative of fundamental and current professional interests and concerns and to aid in the development of the whole person, his/her professional role and his/her responsibility of the health care of people in all walks of life.

Joining NSNA automatically makes you a member of ONSA.  Dues are $26.00 for new members and $36.00 for renewal.  As a member of NSNA, you become eligible for a number of awards and scholarships through the organization, and may run for national office.

Additional information is available from NSNA:

45 Main Street, Suite 606
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 210-0750

ECU Nursing Alumni Association

The ECU Nursing Alumni Association has been in existence since 1992. Alumni from Alaska to Florida, the Dakotas to New Mexico and throughout Oklahoma are involved. Besides hosting an annual meeting and gathering during ECU's Homecoming, alumni are kept up-dated through an annual newsletter. Alumni support currently enrolled students through mentoring in clinical settings in the sophomore level Individual Observation Experience; alumni also return to campus for classroom discussions of various topics. Recently a graduate working in the ER returned to discuss documentation and legal issues. Alumni have annually provided financial awards to limited students in need of assistance. The ECU Nursing Alumni would like all ECU Nursing graduates to contact us and become involved–your expertise is welcomed, appreciated and needed!