Texas Nursing Students' Association

2017 Election Packet - Download Here

A DIGEST OF INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS AND CANDIDATES

Emphasis should be placed upon the qualifications of the individuals seeking office which includes experience in all organizational activities and in your local chapter. Those who have done most to serve and advance TNSA have brought to their offices not only the experience and technical qualifications needed for the specific position, but have also shown a sense of responsibility, integrity, and a willingness to learn and develop.

The officers and members of the Committee on Nominations are selected to serve the Association as a whole and not to represent the individual member. They serve as official representatives of the organization. The officers should be able to promote the growth and development of TNSA via person-to-person relationships as well as in group activities. The capacity to see the potentialities of the office and Association, to understand more than their present scope, and to see how TNSA may be effective as an introduction to the role of the nursing student in today's society, all enhance an officers' effectiveness in TNSA.

The above and following information is only a summary of the various duties and responsibilities of state officers. For those of you who are new to TNSA, I hope this gives you a better idea of the activities of your state offices and what's involved. Write your state officers! After all we are "right in the thick of things"! Each officer will be happy to help you in any possible way.


OFFICERS FOR RE-ELECTION AT EACH ANNUAL CONVENTION ARE:

President
Vice-President
Secretary-Treasurer
Editor
Four Regional Directors
Nominations Committee (3 positions)


CANDIDATES FOR TNSA OFFICE
AND
BOARD OF DIRECTOR POSITION
 ELECTION RULES


  1. Candidates for the office of president and vice president must be nursing students throughout the full term of their office (Bylaws: Art V, Sect. II A).
  2. Candidates for the office of president and vice president shall be open only to those candidates who are enrolled in nursing programs leading to an associate, diploma, or baccalaureate in nursing for the full term of office.
  3. Candidates for the other board positions must be student nurses for at least one-half (1/2) of the TNSA term of office (Bylaws: Art V, Sect. II B).
  4. Only two nominees from any one school of nursing (or chapter) shall be on the ballot.
  5. No name shall be placed in nomination without consent from the nominee and verification of qualifications by the Nominations Committee (Bylaws; Art VI, Sect. C3).
  6. All nominees must have a workable knowledge of the Bylaws, Roberts' Rules of Order Newly Revised, and Policy and Standing Rules (Standing Rules, 1985, Rule III).
  7. Candidates nominated from the floor must have all forms completed and cleared by the Nominations Committee.
  8. Any individual, who consents and completes the required forms, may be placed on the ballot by the nominations committee, nominated by his/her school, nominated by another school, or self-nominated.
  9. Nominations from the floor of the House of Delegates will begin and end at times announced by the President at the first meeting of the House.
  10. Write-in candidates must have all forms completed and cleared by the Nominations Committee prior to voting, or his/her name on a ballot will be considered an illegal vote.
  11. Election rules are approved by the TNSA Board of Directors and interpreted and enforced by the Nominations Committee.
  12. Balloting will take place at the time and place announced by the president in the first session of the House of Delegates.
  13. Only those delegates appropriately credentialed by the Credentialing Committee will be admitted to the Polls.
  14. There will be no campaigning in or within 20 feet of the polling area.
  15. Questions or problems concerning the printed ballot, polls and the voting process should be directed to the Elections committee, appointed by the president on the first meeting of the House of Delegates.
  16. There are no restrictions on the dual role of candidate-delegate.
  17. The Nominations Committee has no control over the right for person/persons to hold a caucus during convention.