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Examine the importance of professional associations in nursing. Choose a professional nursing organization that relates to your specialty area, or a specialty area in which you are interested. In a 750-1,000 word paper, provide a detailed overview the organization and its advantages for members. Include the following:

1. Describe the organization and its significance to nurses in the specialty area. Include its purpose, mission, and vision. Describe the overall benefits, or “perks,” of being a member.

2. Explain why it is important for a nurse in this specialty field to network. Discuss how this organization creates networking opportunities for nurses.

3. Discuss how the organization keeps its members informed of health care changes and changes to practice that affect the specialty area.

4.  Discuss opportunities for continuing education and professional development.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

RUBRICS

Professional organization associated with a specialty area is clearly described. The purpose, mission, vision, and overall benefits of being a member are described in detail. The overall description demonstrates a clear understanding of the importance of professional associations.

Importance of nurses networking in a specialty field, and how the professional association creates networking opportunities for nurses to network, are thoroughly described. Narrative demonstrates insight into the overall importance of networking as a nurse.

A thorough description of how the organization keeps its members informed of health care changes and changes to practice that affect the specialty area is presented.

An accurate and detailed discussion of the opportunities for continuing education and professional development is presented.

Thesis is comprehensive and contains the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.

Clear and convincing argument that presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.

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