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  1. Mancino, Diane J. EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN
  2. Williams, Kirsten E. BSN, RN


Nursing students enter the profession wanting to make the world a better place. To achieve this, members of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) practice policy development that contributes to professional formation. The authors use the example of how the rigorous process of writing and submitting resolutions to the NSNA House of Delegates influences policy development at the state and national levels. The American Red Cross Disaster Health and Sheltering certification course grew out of resolutions passed by NSNA delegates. Ultimately, the engagement of nursing students in the NSNA results in the preparation of leaders for shared governance and decision making as entry-level registered nurses.