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The College of Nursing has specific organizations in which students, graduates, and/or faculty are eligible to participate. Many of the Nursing faculty are active in state, national and international nursing and/or health care organizations. Students and graduates are strongly encouraged to participate in nursing organizations related to their interests and skills.

These organizations include:

The ALANA Nursing Association

The ALANA Nursing Association is a registered student organization, founded in 1999, that supports minority nursing students. The goal is to help each student successfully complete the nursing program. All African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American prenursing and nursing majors are encouraged to actively participate in ALANA.

The purposes of this organization are to: support and represent students of color in the prenursing/nursing program, provide tutorial services for students in need, provide enrichment to the community with mentorship and outreach programs, and facilitate personal growth and enhance students' leadership skills.

Sigma Theta Tau International

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Honor Society of Nursing, was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University. Sigma Theta Tau International now is the second largest nursing organization in the United States and among the five largest and most prestigious in the world.

Sigma Theta Tau was organized to encourage and recognize superior scholarship and leadership achievement at the undergraduate and graduate levels in nursing. Membership is available by invitation through active chapters and assumes acceptance of the purposes of the society and responsibility to participate in achieving the goals consistent with the professional and scholastic character of Sigma Theta Tau.

The Beta Zeta Chapter at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst was established in 1972 as the fifty-second chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. It is committed to serving its growing membership in the development of knowledge, encouragement of professional achievement and the advancement of nursing through research.

Membership is conferred only upon students in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and nursing leaders in the community, who demonstrate exceptional achievement in the nursing profession. Membership criteria and further information are available in the beginning of Spring semester at their Web site.

National Student Nurses' Association and UMass Student Nurses' Association (SNA)

The National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) is an organization that was established in 1952, with the assistance of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing, to prepare nursing students to be active nurse leaders and participants in their professional organizations. NSNA strives to provide the opportunities necessary to explore and understand the many different aspects of the nursing profession. Through the guidance of prominent nursing leaders and peers from around the country, students will learn self-governance, advocacy for student rights and the rights of patients and to take collective, responsible action on vital social and political issues. Membership in NSNA is voluntary and is open to all nursing students in associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, generic masters and doctoral programs. For more information please visit the NSNA website at  

The UMass Amherst Student Nurses' Association (SNA), a chapter of the national association, is a registered student organization that has been formed in conjunction with the College of Nursing at UMass. SNA was developed to meet the needs and goals of student nurses while enabling them to grow socially and professionally. The Student Nurses' Association is a very active organization focused on leadership and fellowship. In a community-focused atmosphere, SNA allows the student to explore the many aspects of the nursing profession.

All pre-nursing and nursing majors at the University are encouraged to participate actively in SNA. In this way, students are able to learn leadership and organizational skills, which are expected in the practice of professional nursing. Several programs that SNA has sponsored throughout the years have gained the support of the student body and contributed to the ongoing success of this organization within the Commonwealth and nationally. The President for the 2016-17 academic year is Avery Klepacki. She can be contacted by email at The meetings are usually held bi-weekly throughout the academic year.

Massachusetts Chapter, National Association of Hispanic Nurses (MA/NAHN)

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is the only national professional organization which represents Hispanic nurses. Objectives of the organization are:

  • To provide a forum for Hispanic nurses to analyze and evaluate the health care needs of the Hispanic community.
  • To collaborate with and provide assistance to other Hispanic health care providers.
  • To identify barriers to quality education for Hispanic nursing students and recommend appropriate solutions.
  • To serve as role models and mentors to Hispanic students, in order to increase the number of bilingual and bicultural nurses.
  • To promote educational and professional opportunities for Hispanic nurses.
  • To provide an opportunity for Hispanic nurses to collaborate through an exchange of information about their professional experiences and research.

Student membership is open to all Hispanic nursing students enrolled in generic programs of nursing (LVN/LPN, Diploma, ADN, BS/BSN).

For more information visit the website of Massachusetts Chapter of National Association of Hispanic Nurses Mass Chapter

Western Massachusetts Black Nurses' Association (WMBNA)

On May 15, 1994 the Western Massachusetts Black Nurses' Association (WMBNA) was established. Purpose and objectives of the organization are:

  • Define and determine nursing care of Black consumers for optimum quality of care by acting as their advocates.
  • Act as change agent in reconstructing existing institutions and/or helping to establish institutions to suit their needs.
  • Influence legislation and policies that affect Black people and work cooperatively with other health workers and organizations to this end.
  • Set standards and guidelines for quality education of Black nurses on all levels by providing consulting to nursing facilities and monitoring for the proper utilization and placement of Black nurses.
  • Collect information for Black nurses continuing their education about scholarships and other funding sources available to them.
  • Be a vehicle for unification of Black nurses of varied age groups, educational levels and locations in this geographical region to ensure continuity and flow of our common heritage.
  • Collaborate with other Black groups to compile archives relevant to historical, current and fixture activities of Black nurses.
  • Provide an impetus and means for Black nurses to write and publish on an individual or collaborative basis.

 Membership is open to nurses and student nurses regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, age or sex.

For more information, contact:  Western Massachusetts Black Nurses' Association
P.O. Box 90246
Springfield MA.