Welcome to the Australian Student And Novice Nurse Association

Welcome and thanks for visiting the ASANNA website!

We would like to introduce you to ASANNA with a little bit of History

ASANNA was in the planning stages for a several years and had an accidental launch on Facebook mid 2013. Essentially, someone found our website and shared it, and the growth has not stopped from that point on.

How ASANNA came to be is a bit of a story

Our President – Steph Jeremy commenced studying Nursing at the University of Canberra in 2008, with a strong passion for rural, remote and Indigenous Health. UC had a rural health club called CRANC who were part of the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN)where Steph got involved, becoming treasurer and then the Senior Nursing representative  for the NRHSN, which is essentially an executive position representing Australian student nurses interested in rural and remote nursing.

Steph was invited to become the nursing representative on the interim Council for Future Health Leaders (FHL), and then became the Nursing rep on the inaugural FHL council working in a multidisciplinary team, set up under Health Workforce Australia.

Throughout all of this, Steph said she kept on coming up against a big stumbling block – “why, when nursing was the largest health profession,  didn’t nursing students have their own association when most other disciplines did? Why, when many major stakeholders wanted to hear from the student voice, was it not accessible?”. There was an increasing need for a voice for the student and the novice cohort, and by default, Steph felt she ended up being in a lot of these positions to try to supply the voice. She felt uncomfortable about this as Australia’s nursing students did not elect her to this position, but she was still trying to represent them at a governmental level. It didn’t seem right.

Steph wondered what would happen if we started to nurture our students, and helped them all be aware of, and take advantage of the opportunities they often did not know were out there. What if we helped them be stronger, more self empowered and emotionally intelligent before they arrived on a ward as a novice nurse and got smashed by the system. We could effectively begin a positive cultural change in our students and shape the future of nursing……

SO, Steph worked on her own for a few years, trying to make contact with existing leaders and organisations, doing some research in her spare time, talking to mentors etc and this idea/passion/necessity got a name – ASANNA.

From there Steph met up with the previous Co-President Carol and they tapped into the friends and networks they had access to, to form the first ASANNA working party.

We all unanimously agreed that ASANNA needed to be independent and separate to other organisations, but given all nursing associations have/want/need students in them, we could work with all of the other orgs to support their student members. As other organisations have many competing priorities, often directed by their boards, we found that student or novice issues sometimes became diluted. We wanted to have one organisation whose sole focus was Students and Novices so that the issues and support for this cohort were always first and foremost.

Fast forward to today and we have certainly come a long way, and of course there is a long way to go.

We would love it if you joined us in changing the future of Nursing

 

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