Nursing Student Association
Welcome to the Decker School's Nursing Student Association (NSA) web site. Since 1983, the NSA has been a student-run organization whose membership includes all students enrolled in the Decker School of Nursing.
The NSA works to increase student, faculty and staff involvement in its activities. The members help to provide a better understanding of what it truly means to "give and grow as a nurse." NSA membership provides a forum for nursing students to share experiences, collaborate on projects, learn from each other, and provides a network of support with colleagues.
Traditionally, the NSA works to promote and support a variety of health-based organizations. NSA participates in Diabetes walk, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, Alzheimer's Memory Walks. Previously, the NSA has also hosted the Southern Tier Heart Walk along with the American Heart Association. Recently, NSA raised approximately $800 for the Making Strides against Breast cancer walk. In the future, NSA plans to also support the Out of the Darkness walk which is to aid in prevention of suicide.
The NSA holds monthly meetings which is open to all members of Decker School of Nursing. NSA holds an annual Job and Internship Question and Answer session to encourage and educate these developing nurses on how to advance their new career. They are informed about educational opportunities, leadership positions and internships. NSA also hosts several socials for Decker students to get to know each other. Some examples are Apple picking, Movie night, and Clinical story telling night.
Every year, NSA hosts a Semi-formal at the Holiday Inn. Last years theme for the Semiformal was black and white affiar. Students and faculty are both encouraged to attend. Dinner and refreshments are served.
The NSA also sells Decker apparel every semester. Recently, NSA just launched a new website for Decker apparel. The profit made from this apparel sale goes toward the semiformal funds and the several charity events NSA takes part in. The NSA also takes part in University Day at the Oakdale mall every year. Through this, NSA reaches out to community members and creates activities for participants to take part in.
In celebration of the Decker School's 35th Anniversary (2004-05), members took the opportunity to march in the University's Homecoming '04 Mardi Gras parade. At the end of each academic year, the annual NSA banquet takes place where all members and the nursing school community come together to celebrate and wish graduating seniors farewell.
The NSA wishes you luck as you begin your educational journey to the nursing profession. We welcome you to the Decker School and to membership in the NSA.