Student Nurse Association


  • Bring together and mentor UNM-Taos students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses.
  • Convey the standards and ethics of the nursing profession.
  • Promote the development of the skills that students will need as responsible and accountable members of the nursing profession and our community.
  • Advocate for high-quality, evidence-based, affordable and accessible health care for and contribute to advances in nursing education.
  • Assist nursing students who are preparing to lead the profession in the future.

Why Join?

  • As an active member of this association, you will connect with professors, fellow students, guest speakers, members of our community and potential employers.
  • There will be many opportunities to serve and give back to your community.
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship from experienced students.
  • Become instrumental in the positive direction this association takes us today and beyond.


  • Be a part of The University of New Mexico-Taos Student Nurse Association! Annual membership is $20, and you may arrange ahead of time to bring a check (made out to: Student Nurse Association), money order or cash to Barb Wiard.
  • The requirements for active UNM-Taos SNA membership are:
    • Attend regularly scheduled SNA meetings per term.
    • Be active in committees and association projects.
    • Abide by our core values:
      • Advocacy
      • Leadership & Autonomy
      • Professionalism
      • Care
      • Diversity
      • Quality Education

Faculty Adviser

Karen Odell, MA, RN, CNE

Student Officers

Katherine Matthews, President
Matthew Vigil, Co-Vice President
Chelsea Norton, Co-Vice President
Kevin Taylor, Secretary
Coleen Schafer, Treasurer