Nursing Associations

State and national nursing associations are a great resource for recent graduates and working professionals. They serve as advocating bodies and keep members informed about policies and issues affecting the workplace today and future changes within the health care industry and nursing profession. 

Nursing association membership lends your voice to the nursing profession and offers you the opportunity to become an active leader in the nursing community. They are extremely useful for networking, educational resources and job searches; many employers will look for nursing association membership on your resume. 

Active nursing association membership is a valuable tool that can help you grow both personally and professionally.


American Nurses Association


It pays to earn your BSN.

Nurses with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and those with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) will both learn essential nursing procedures, but the BSN program also teaches the critical thinking, leadership and research skills that are often preferred by employers.

Salaries for ADN and BSN nurses are typically similar in the beginning, but BSN-prepared nurses usually have more opportunity for higher earnings, as they can leverage their degree and advance their careers by stepping into leadership roles.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a BSN-prepared nurse is 18% higher than an RN with an associate degree. 

Be Prepared to Lead

When you earn your distance MENP at Elmhurst University, you are achieving more than a master’s degree in nursing. This program trains you to become a clinical nurse leader (CNL) in the delivery of health care across the continuum of care. CNLs are highly skilled nurses who work collaboratively with, and lead the health care team, to improve the safety and quality of patient outcomes.

While Elmhurst University Department of Nursing is recognized for our quality education and excellent outcomes, our commitment to student success is what defines us. Our faculty provides students with individualized attention and are passionate about helping students succeed and achieve their dreams.

Diane Salvador, Executive Director, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences