Welcome to the Student Nurses’ Association at Penn State!
SNAPS 2018-2019 Board of Directors
SNAPS members with our THON child
Hershey Board of Directors at the Student Leader's Dinner
2018 State Convention Attendees
The Student Nurses Association at Penn State (SNAPS) offers a great way to not only meet other students, but to get involved with community service events, professional development opportunities, THON, and more. SNAPS provides opportunities for engagement in the organization at the local, state, and national levels. Find out more about us and look at pictures in the SNAPS in action page!
SNAPS offers professional development through resume and interviewing workshops, guest speakers, and networking with PSU College of Nursing alumni and other professionals. Community service events vary from the Alzheimer’s Walk, Relay for Life, blood drives, multiple food/clothing drives, and more. Being involved with THON through SNAPS includes events with our partner Zeta Beta Tau, fundraising, and attending events with our THON families. In addition, we offer multiple events to get to know members, such as pumpkin picking and formals. A great opportunity for any nursing student is our mentor/mentee program where freshmen and sophomores are paired with juniors or seniors. Be sure to take advantage of this as it is a great way to meet nursing students and seek advice from upperclassmen!
How do I get involved?
SNAPS is a very flexible organization and you are more than welcome to participate in any event or activity. It is possible to be an active SNAPS member and be involved with other organizations. Any nursing student can become an active member of SNAPS through achieving 20 points per semester that are earned based on participating in events or activities and attending meetings. Check out the calendar for There are many perks to becoming an active member including an addition to your resume, a letter of recommendation, the ability to apply for an officer position next school year, the ability to get involved at the State and National level, and a cord at graduation when active 6 of your 8 semesters.
We hope to meet you all at the Freshmen Welcome on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in Ruth Pike Auditorium where we will explain more about what SNAPS does and introduce our board members. After that, we will be having our first meeting on August 27, 2019 at 8:00pm in 102 Thomas Building. Meetings at University Park will be held every other Tuesday at 8:00pm; however, if you cannot make meetings due to a scheduling conflict we offer meeting make-ups during officer office hours so you can still be involved!
Get involved at the State Level
There are many ways to get involved at the state level through SNAPS. SNAPS goes to the annual state convention held in November every year. Last year SNAPS presented and passed our first resolution at the state level titled “In support of increasing awareness of mental health disorders co-occurring with drug abuse”. You can join our legislative committee to work on resolutions similar to this one to present at the state and national levels. You can also run for a position on the State board. Vanessa Stenulis and Rachel Runatz, two SNAPS members, are currently serving on the state board. Reach out to them or our legislative chair, Alyssa Tygh for any questions or if you would like to get involved.
Get involved at the National Level
Similarly to the state level, there are many ways to get involved at the national level through SNAPS. SNAPS goes to the annual national convention held in April every year. In 2019, SNAPS traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah for convention. This year we will be traveling to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Last year SNAPS presented and passed our second resolution at the national level titled “In support of increasing awareness of mental health disorders co-occurring with drug abuse”. You can join our legislative committee to work on resolutions similar to this one to present at the state and national levels. You can also run for a position on the National board. Elise Krikorian is currently serving on the national board as a Director and leader of the Population and Global Health Committee. Reach out to her or our legislative chair, Alyssa Tygh for any questions or if you would like to get involved.
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