NSWS is The only statewide student nursing association in Washington State.

Our Mission

To develop a collaborative and cooperative structure between nursing schools within the state to create consistent high standards that support nursing students through education, scholarship, legislation and networking.

NSWS officers with attendees at the 2014 NSWS Convention

NSWS officers with attendees at the 2014 NSWS Convention

Our history

Formerly known as SWANS, NSWS was developed in early 2007 by dedicated nursing students and faculty from around the state who believe in unifying the voices and philosophies of Washington State nursing students in order to work towards the common goal of betterment and advancement of nursing as a profession.

Nursing Students of Washington State is the state chapter of the National Student Nurses Association and an independent organization supported in part by the Washington State Nurses Association.

Our Purpose

To contribute collectively to the advancement of nursing education in order to promote the highest standards and best practices for nursing students in the state of Washington.

  • To build a cooperative structure between nursing schools and professional organizations within the state to provide programs and events that address fundamental and current professional interests and issues.
  • To encourage and support every nursing student in his or her personal and professional growth and to maintain a dialogue that allows for prioritization of issues and a common agenda.


Join us!

NSWS membership is open to everyone enrolled in an accredited Washington State nursing school at all levels, nursing school faculty and pre-nursing students.

Nursing or pre-nursing students in any state-approved program preparing for registered nurse licensure, or registered nurses in a program leading to a baccalaureate in nursing, are eligible for membership. Nursing students in generic masters and doctoral programs can also join. 

To join NSWS, simply join our parent organization, the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). NSNA dues are $35 for the first year, $40 your second year, or $70 for two years at one time. There are no refunds except for overpayments as per NSNA policy.