The Association of Nursing Students (ANS) is an organization through which nursing students practice self-governance; advocate for student rights and the rights of patients; and take collective, responsible action on vital social and political issues. Participating in ANS prepares students for eventual participation in professional nursing organizations such as the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing, as well as organizations dedicated to specialty nursing practice. Through active participation in this organization, students have access to prominent nursing leaders and peers from around their home state and throughout the country. Students also have the opportunity to contribute to the community's health through fundraisers and special projects.