N108: Transition to the Registered Professional Nurse Role Study Guide o Promulgate solutions to healthcare problems o Partner with consumers o Enhance the financial solvency of the organization The NLN also serves to accredit nursing schools, provide consultations in areas of its expertise, conducting research and testing, and working with other organizations. The NLN is tax-exempt, therefore unable to be involved in politics, but it can provide information to executive and legislative bodies of government. The NLN supported the ANA’s Nursing Agenda for Health Care Reform. Sigma Theta Tau International (ΣΘΤ) This is an international organization established in collegiate schools of nursing to recognize those with superior ability and leadership potential, and those who have made significant contributions to nursing. ΣΘΤ is the acronym for the Greek words love, courage, and honor. The organization was founded in 1922. • Membership: Membership includes the top academic students in nursing or otherwise outstanding nurses. It is the largest organization of nurses with BSN and higher degrees. • Purpose: It supports “professional development products and services that focus on the core areas of education, leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, research, and scholarship.” ΣΘΤ also provides grants for research in nursing, education in nursing, and the publication of Journal of Nursing Scholarship . The organization established the International Center for Nursing Scholarship at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis. The National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) The NSNA was founded in 1952 and is a professional organization for students in schools of nursing. • Membership: Membership includes students of nursing, including students in pre-nursing courses who can be associate members and RNs in BSN programs. • Purpose: To represent students, promote skills that are needed, and advocate for high-quality patient care. The NSNA also sponsors the Minority Group Recruitment Project, collaborates with other nurse associations, and works to recruit students to nursing. The NSNA lobbies to affect legislation, funds scholarships, and publishes the journal Imprint . It promotes pathways to the BSN, a Student Bill of Rights, and positions in support of nursing and patient care for all. The NSNA participates in the program Concern for Dying with other student groups and the pro-euthanasia group Choice in Dying. The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) The AAN was established in 1966 by an ANA resolution and was implemented in 1973 as an honorary association in the ANA. • Membership: Membership is limited to nurses who have been sponsored by two current members and have distinguished themselves in the field of nursing.