Hi fellow nurses, as I am back in school for my bachelors degree. I just started, anyways, my professor encouraged us to join a nursing organization. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Looking forward to reading replies.
You get out of an organization what you put into it. I have joined several in my years of nursing, get the occasional magazine, skim through it, and then toss it on the garbage pile. Told myself I was going to study and take the certificate exam for such and such specialty, join the organization, and then never get around to it. The reduced cost testing makes it worth the effort, if you are actually going to do it. As far as other organizations, if you will actually read that material they send you, it might be worth it … I just found I wasn’t getting my money’s worth out of joining. If you are in school, you should be more motivated to learn, so either use these materials to help you read more on a wider variety of topics, or at least find additional resources out there and keep up to date on the readings in at least a couple fields you could see yourself wanting to work.
I belonged to ANA for many years and found it looked good on my brag sheets and resumes but didn’t do much for me. On the other hand I’ve belonged to AWHONN for even longer and have more than got my membership dues back in education and being kept up to date in my specialty.
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