In this assignment, compare the Texas Nurses Association with a specialty organization.

N4323 Professional Trends

 

 

Week 2 Assignment – Comparing Professional Organizations

 

Name:   Date:  

 

Overview: Professional Organization Comparison

In this assignment, compare the Texas Nurses Association with a specialty organization. Use the template below for your assignment and submit by the due date. May use bullet points with correct spelling and grammar. Only the references must be in APA format. This is not a formal research assignment. The purpose is for you to become familiar with the professional organization options available and understand all that the professional organization does for you and the profession of nursing.

 

Performance Objectives:

· Understand available professional organizations for nurses

· Compare offerings and benefits of two professional organizations

· Define criteria of membership of a professional organization

 

Resources:

1. For information on TNA go to www.texasnurses.org.

2. For information about a specialty organization, search a specific specialty clinical organization. There are many specialty organizations, and you should be able to find one for a specialty you might be interested in. Examples include Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), or Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing (AMSN) or American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Choose a specialty you are interested in.

 

 

 

Enter your information directly in the template provided below.

 

Rubric

Use this rubric to guide your work on the assignment, “Professional Organizations: Texas Nurses Association and Specialty Organization.”

Task Complete Incomplete
1. Brief history, purpose, and goals of TNA.

2. Brief history, purpose, and goals of the specialty organization selected.

10 points

Response includes 3-5 professionally written sentences demonstrating critical thinking

10 points

Response includes 1 sentence

0 points

Does not answer question

5 points

Criteria for membership, target audience, and process for joining for each organization.

 

10 points

Response includes 3-5 professionally written sentences demonstrating critical thinking

10 points

Response includes 1 sentence or

Does not answer question

5 points

Summary of a current (less than 5 years) article about being a member of a professional organization

30 points

Article for professional organization is current (<5 years) and peer reviewed.

Three points are listed.

30 points

Poor or no reference is given, and points are missing or poorly written.

 

15 points

Application to nursing: List at least 3 benefits of the organization and to you personally.

Give specific barriers to joining.

 

40 points

Discuss at least three ways membership in TNA and a specialty organization would benefit you. Also discuss specific barriers you personally might have to joining.

40 points

Discusses less than 2 ways membership in TNA or another organization benefits.

Minimally lists barriers.

 

20 points

List Current References

5 points

Follow APA format for 1-2 references.

5 points

Does not follow APA format or does not list reference.

0 points

Format, grammar, spelling

5 points

Assignment is written clearly without any grammatical or spelling errors.

5 points

Assignment contains 4 or greater grammatical or spelling errors.

0 points

 

 

Comparing Professional Organizations

Description Expectation Points
Brief history, purpose, and goals of TNA.

Brief history, purpose, and goals of the specialty organization selected.

TNA.

 

Specialty organization (give name).

 

 
Criteria for Membership, target audience, process for joining for TNA/ANA and specialty organization.

 

ANA/TNA:

 

Specialty Organization:

 

 

 
Summary of article about being a member of a professional organization.

Find a reference for becoming a member of a professional organization and list pertinent points the article/source makes.

Pertinent Points:

 

 
Application to nursing

Discuss at least three ways membership would benefit you in both TNA/ANA and the specialty organization. Also discuss any barriers you might have to joining. Be specific and include your personal perspective and goals. Make it personal. Why would you consider becoming a member and why not?

(Note the large number of points for this question- The answers to this question should involve some thought and personal perspective)

TNA

1.

2.

3.

Specialty Organization

1.

2.

3.

Personal perspective and goals

 

 

Possible Barriers

 

 

 
List your current references. Do not state n.d.

Include a reference or article about joining a professional organization, or the organization’s website. Sources should be appropriate to nursing. Use APA format for references.

   
Format, grammar, spelling are appropriate.

Uses the template, typing directly into the template.

Uses complete sentences and comments easily read and understandable; grammar, syntax, punctuation.