The Student Nurses Association of Illinois (SNAI) is a state-wide organization of student nurses and is dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students. It was founded in 1950 and is associated with the National Student Nurses Association. The SNAI Board of Directors is made of elected nursing students from nursing program across the state and NIU is proud to have a member of our School of Nursing, Madeline Wise, serving as Breakthrough to Nursing Director. We caught up with Madeline and asked her some questions about this exciting position and role.
How did you get involved with SNAI? What interested you in a board position?
I attended the SNAI Annual Conference in October 2017 to learn more about the nursing profession and the SNAI Board of Directors. During the conference, I met up with two current SNAI Board Members from NIU. I felt prepared to run for the position of Breakthrough to Nursing Director because they explained every step of the elections process from slating to pinning and encouraged me to get involved. I felt that it was important to act as a liaison among local, state, and national nursing organizations to promote community involvement of association members.
Do you have any specific goals associated with this position or SNAI in general?
My position as Breakthrough to Nursing Director involves following through with my responsibilities in a confident and reliable manner. I disseminate information about professional and networking opportunities through social media, including scholarships, internships, research studies, political events, and online hashtag campaigns. The purpose of my position is to support nurse leaders in expanding and elevating the nursing profession. Next fall, I hope to recruit an additional NIU nursing student to join me on the board.
What are your professional goals ?
In nursing school, I plan to continue my professional involvement with SNAI and SNO. In terms of research, I intend to complete my University Honors Senior Capstone and participate in the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP). As an upper-level nursing student, I will apply for an internship to further gain practical nursing experience. I hope to work at a Magnet or teaching hospital with a new graduate residency program once I have obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I plan to work for two years to accumulate clinical experience before entering a PhD or DNP program.
You can read more about Madeline on the SNAI Board of Directors page.