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Male Student Nurses Emerge as Leaders

June 2012

The National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) has long been committed to the professional development of nursing students, but did you know that three members of its Board of Directors – including the president and vice president – are men? These male members are extremely active beyond their elected positions, taking leadership roles in five out of the nine Board Committees in 2012.

The NSNA’s Board of Directors has set ambitious goals for the year, and men play a significant role in meeting those goals. "By providing the association with a board that has a diverse background, we can draw upon our various life experiences during the decision-making process," said Joseph Potts, NSNA President and student at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. "When men hold leadership positions in nursing, it sends a message to new students – as well as men who are considering a nursing career – that nursing is a profession where anyone can thrive." Potts is the 13th man to serve as NSNA president, and seven of those men have served in the last 12 years.

"Having more men in leadership positions will help neutralize the gender disproportion in the nursing profession as a whole," added John Conner, NSNA Vice President and student at California State University in Fresno. "We want to create positive role models for aspiring male nurses in elementary, middle and high school." Conner is a member of the Breakthrough to Nursing Committee, a program that focuses on recruitment and bringing awareness to minorities in nursing.

To learn more about the NSNA Board of Directors, visit

ANA and AONE Release Principles for Collaborative Nurse Relationships

The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) recently released the Principles of Collaborative Relationships Between Clinical Nurses and Nurse Managers, a document which outlines principles for all nurses who seek to prioritize and sustain better collaboration in their work settings.

The ANA and AONE recognized the need to boost collaboration among nurses to enhance the value and contribution of both nurse managers and clinical nurses to patient care. In the development of the document, the ANA and AONE each selected three nurse managers and three clinical nurses to help ensure a balanced perspective from both sides. The group worked together to determine the principles of effective working relationships and developed guidelines to fulfilling each principle.

The guidelines are divided into three main themes:

  • Effective communication
  • Authentic relationships
  • Learning environment and culture

To view the guidelines, visit


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