BYLAWS

SKILLS LAB ROOM R-203-A

  • Space for students to talk, laugh, share practice skills, ask questions about assignments, seek out help. 

  • Students may eat in the room with discretion: Be respectful of the carpet, the manikins, tables, and supplies.

  • Drink containers should have a lid or cover on them 

COMPUTER LAB ROOM R-303-1

  • This is the quiet zone/study area for individual assignments; No loud talking, laughing, phone conversations. 

  • No Food Allowed. Water bottles with a lid allowed but please be careful not to spill liquids on the computers. 

  • Please be considerate of others studying in this room, keep talking to a minimum. 

BIO STUDY LAB, R-207

  • Quiet study area that is a shared space with students from biology, anatomy, other sciences.

  • No loud talking, laughing, phone conversations. 

  • Group studying is permitted if it is not distracting to other students using the space. 

  • Occasionally, there will be group studying for tutoring. 

Please be respectful of all students in the shared spaces; realize that all students have different needs; be considerate of others feelings. 

Hours: 24 hours must be Logged into the skills lab before the semester ends. 

ARTICLE I – NAME OF ORGANIZATION

The name of this organization shall be the Santa Ana College Student Nurses’ Association, a constituent of California Nursing Students’ Association, hereinafter referred to as SACSNA and CNSA, respectively. It shall be the one and only chapter for Santa Ana College.

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE AND FUNCTION

Section 1. The purpose and function of this association shall be:

A.    To assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for the highest quality of health care.
B.    To provide programs representative of fundamental interests and concerns to nursing students.
C.    To aid in the development of the whole person, his/her professional role, and his/her responsibility for the health care of people in all walks of life.
D.    To have direct input into standards of nursing education and influence the education process.
E.    To influence health care, nursing education and practice through legislative activities as appropriate.
F.    To promote and encourage participation in community affairs and activities towards improved health care and the resolution of related social issues.
G.    To represent nursing students to the consumer, to institutions, and other organizations
H.    To refuse to engage in or condone discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, lifestyle, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability or economic status.
I.    To promote and encourage collaborative relationships with nursing and health-related organizations.  

Section 2. Non Partisan Activity

A.    This association is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code.
B.    No substantial part of the activities of this association shall consist of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the association shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign (including the publishing or distribution of statement) on behalf of any candidate.  

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Overview

A.    Any student enrolled in or pursuing the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Santa Ana College (SAC).
B.   SACSNA is an entity separate and apart from CNSA and its administration of activities, with CSNA exercising no supervision or control over these immediate daily and regular activities. CSNA has no liability for any loss, damages, or injuries sustained by third parties as a result of the negligence or acts of SACSNA or the members thereof. In the event any legal proceedings are brought against CSNA, SACSNA will indemnify and hold harmless CSNA from any liability.

Section 2. Categories of Constituent Membership

A.    Active Members are:

1.    Enrolled in SAC’s ADN program and are in good standing of SAC.
2.    Afforded all the privileges of membership in SACSNA.

B.    Associate Members are:

1.    Pre-nursing students, enrolled and in good standing of SAC.
2.    Afforded all the privileges of membership in SACSNA except the right to hold office.

Section 3. Categories of Non-Constituent Membership

C.    Sustaining Membership:

1.    Upon approval of the Board of Directors, open to anyone interested in furthering the development and growth of SACSNA.
2.    Shall receive information from the association but shall have none of the obligations or privileges of membership.

D.    Alumni Membership:

1.    Open to individuals who are registered nurses who had been SACSNA members during their pre-licensure education and are interested in furthering the development and growth of SACSNA.
2.    Shall receive information from the association but shall have none of the obligations or privileges of membership.    

ARTICLE IV – MONETARY

Section 1. Dues and Scholarships

A.    There will be no dues for membership in SACSNA.
B.    SACSNA will support students to attend NSNA and CSNA events/conventions only if the student is a national/state member and at the discretion of faculty. Financial support shall be based on the number of applicants and monies available.

ARTICLE V – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. Definition and Qualifications

A.    The governing body of SACSNA shall be the Board of Directors (BOD).

B.    To be eligible to serve on the BOD, a person shall:

1.    Hold current membership with CNSA/NSNA;
2.    Be a nursing student for at least a majority of the term of office;
3.    Hold no more than one (1) voting position on the Board of Directors.

Section 2. Composition

A.    The BOD shall consist of officers and directors elected by the SACSNA, as well as non-elected committee members.

1.    The positions shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications, Community outreach, Fundraising, CNSA liaison, Mentor Program Coordinator, and Alumni Outreach.
2.    The BOD shall expand and create new positions as seen fit to accommodate growth.

B.    BOD Members are elected at the beginning of a semester, take office at the third designated BOD meeting, and shall serve a one (1) year term, or until a successor is elected.

Section 3. Responsibilities

A.    The BOD shall be responsible for:

1.    Actively participating by attending a minimum of 75% of all SACSNA activities including BOD and membership meetings, community events, and fundraising.
2.    Transacting business and managing all affairs of the association between membership meetings to report at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
3.    Planning ways and means for the growth and development of the association through strategic plans for programs and chapter development.
4.    Reviewing monetary disbursements, acquisitions and fund raising activities, and shall be responsible for procuring persons for audit of all accounts on an annual basis.
5.    Providing proof of current membership in CSNA for yearly recognition as an official local chapter.
6.    If a BOD member cannot fulfill their official duties, they must submit an official letter of resignation.  In case of resignation, nomination/delegation for the resigned position will occur at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Section 4. Meetings

A.    Regular Meetings of the BOD shall be held as deemed necessary by the President or by a majority of the BOD, but at least three times per semester at a time and place determined by the BOD.
B.    Special meetings of the BOD may be called at any time by the President or at the written request of any two members of the BOD.
C.    Officers must be physically in attendance to vote at regular or special meetings. No votes may be made by proxy, mail, telephone, facsimile transmission, or any electronic means.
D.    Business requiring action by the BOD between meetings may be conducted by mail, telephone, electronic, or other media. Such action shall be ratified for inclusion in the minutes at the next regular meeting of the BOD.
E.    No BOD meeting shall be closed to SACSNA members except for the discussion of matters deemed by the BOD to be of a sensitive nature or matters relating to personnel when deemed necessary by the BOD.

Section 5. Vacancies

A.    Declaring a vacancy

1.    The president may declare a vacancy in a position held by an officer or director upon receipt of a written resignation
2.    The BOD, by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, may declare a vacancy in a position held by an officer when evidence exists that the board member is consistently absent from board meetings or conference calls, consistently neglects the duties or responsibilities of his/her position, does not meet the eligibility requirements to serve on the board, or engages in behavior that is unlawful, unethical, or inconsistent with the mission, objectives, or purposes of SACSNA.

B.    Filling a vacancy

1.    In the office of President, the Vice President shall become President for the remainder of the term;
2.    In the office of an officer other than President, the BOD shall, by two-thirds (2/3) vote, fill the vacancy by appointment for the remainder of the term.

ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS

Section 1. Qualifications

A.    Any active member in good standing may serve in any elected position of SACSNA.
B.    No individual shall hold more than one (1) voting position on the BOD.

Section 2. Duties

A.    The President shall:

1.    Preside at all meetings of the association.
2.    Serve as chairperson of the BOD.
3.    Appoint committees with the approval of the Board of Directors and serve as an ex-officio member of the committees.
4.    Perform all other duties pertaining to the office and represent this association in all matters relating to SACSNA.
5.    Have an understanding of the bylaws.

B.    The Vice President shall:

1.    Preside at the association meetings and act on behalf of the President in his or her absence.
2.    Serve as the chairperson of the bylaws committee and be responsible for reviewing and recommending changes in the bylaws.
3.    Serve as a resource person regarding parliamentary procedure
4.    Assume duties of the President in the event of a vacancy in that office.
5.    Perform all other duties as assigned by the President.
6.    Have an understanding of the bylaws.

C.    The Secretary shall:

1.    Record and distribute the minutes of all meetings of this association.
2.    Keep all files submitted to this association as a permanent record.
3.    Keep a register for roll call of all voting members of the BOD.
4.    Keep a register of the names and contact information of the members of this association.

D.    The Treasurer shall:

1.    Submit financial reports to the membership as directed by President.
2.    Remit payment for approved debits according to the following:

a.     Disbursement of Funds in conjunction with faculty advisor(s).

3. Requests for disbursement of funds shall be made in writing to the BOD or presented during the course of a BOD meeting. The BOD may approve disbursements of funds per request.

4.    No funds will be disbursed without prior approval.
5.    Coordinate all treasurer activities with the faculty advisors.
6.    Perform annual audit of financial records in conjunction with faculty advisors as necessary.

E.     The Communications Director shall:

  1.Prepare and distribute flyers for meetings and all SACSNA activities.

2.  Maintain website and social media pages.

3.  Coordinate with faculty advisors for review of materials prior to distribution and for additional resources.

F.    The Community Outreach Director shall:

1.Coordinate and facilitate community events with appropriate agencies.

2. Submit all necessary paperwork, including event information to BOD for approval.

3. Collaborate with Communications in a timely manner to allow for promotion of the event.

G.    The Fundraising Chairman shall:  

1. Create and facilitate, with BOD approval, fundraising opportunities for all students involved in SACSNA.  

2. Collaborate with Communications in a timely manner to allow for promotion of the event.  

H.    The Alumni Outreach Coordinator shall:

       1.    Obtain and maintain a list of alumni with current contact information as available.
       2.    Produce and disburse a BOD approved alumni communication letters.
              a.     The alumni communication letter should contain upcoming events, SACSNA meeting dates, and alumni     opportunities.
             b.     An end of the semester “wrap-up letter” should be written thanking alumni participants by name for their participation and a current list of “New” alumni in the graduating class.
      3.     Recruit, in conjunction with the BOD, alumni to fill guest speaker opportunities at SACSNA meetings.

I.    The Mentor Program Coordinator shall:
    1.    Obtain and maintain a current list of students in the nursing program.
    2.    Facilitate selection of mentors and mentees for each semester.

J.    The NSNA/CNSA Liaison shall:
    1.    Coordinate and facilitate connection with parent organizations including events and opportunities for involvement.
   2.    Stay current on chapter requirements to maintain compliance and recognition as an official school chapter.

K. The Breakthrough to Nursing Director shall:

    1. Promote recruitment of youth and underrepresented populations in nursing

2. Promote retention of underrepresented populations in nursing

Article VI – ELECTIONS

Section 1. Election of Board of Directors

A.    Elections shall be held electronically so that all students can participate.
B.    All elections shall be by secret ballot.
C.    A majority vote of the members present and entitled to vote shall constitute an official election.
D.    Elections shall be held each semester, or as necessary.

ARTICLE VII – MEETINGS

Section 1. Membership Meetings

A.    Meeting dates shall be set by a majority vote of the SACSNA Board of Directors.
B.    The President shall have the authority to convene a special meeting at such time as is deemed necessary and shall notify the general membership of such meeting, location, and time.

ARTICLE VIII – COMMITTEES

Section 1. Appointments

A.    Committee chair appointments shall be made by the Board of Directors and shall be deemed standing committees unless otherwise stated at the time of appointment.
B.    Committee members shall be selected by the Board of Directors from a group of volunteers.

Section 2. Responsibility

A.    All committees shall be responsible to the Board of Directors for reporting committee activities on a regular basis and shall, upon the direction of the Board of Directors, report same to the general membership.

Section 3. Bylaws

A.     A committee of no less than 2 BOD members or appointees shall be assigned to review and revise, upon their discretion the Bylaws of SACSNA on an annual basis each Fall semester.
B.    All revisions shall be submitted to the BOD for approval.

ARTICLE IX – DELEGATES

Section 1. Purpose and Function

A.    To serve as a spokesperson for this association at the annual state and national conventions.
B.    Keep informed as to all current and proposed resolutions at the state and national levels and report information to this association’s membership at regularly scheduled membership meetings.
C.    Make available to member updates, explanations, and copies of current and proposed state and national resolutions.

(Revised August, 2019)

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