Space Nursing Society

Space Nursing Society

Space Nursing Society (SNS) is an international space advocacy organization devoted to space nursing and the contribution to space exploration by Registered Nurses. SNS is an affliated, non-profit special interest group associated with the National Space Society.

Founded in 1991, the SNS has over 400 members from around the world including Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Scotland and the United States.

The SNS provides a forum for the discussion and exploration of issues related to nursing in space and its impact upon the understanding of earthbound nursing through conference participation and its newsletter "Expanding Horizons".

The information being learned in the microgravity environment of space has tremendous applications for the bed-bound patient on earth.

Bedrest is considered analogous to some of the reactions the astronauts have experienced in space, which include inner ear fluid shifts, loss of plasma volume, muscle atrophy, demineralization and calcium/bone loss.

If one were to consider the issues of confined spaces, closed ecological systems with little personal space, and psychological-social interactions, there are many earth-bound counterparts that could benefit from what is being learned via space research (source: "Expanding Horizons" Vol. 2, Issue 1).


* [ "Space Medicine: Developments in the science, status of regulations for space passengers, implications for space tourism and space settlement"] 26th annual International Space Development Conference, "From Old Frontiers to New" - Dallas, Texas May 24-28, 2007
* [ Space Medicine Associates, Inc.]
* [ "Space Nursing Society prepares for future flights"] Feature Story/Spotlight on Nurses -, 2006
* [ "The Care Up There"] Nursing Spectrum - Sept. 26, 2005
* [ "New Frontier"] Nursing Spectrum - Aug. 15, 2005
* [ Linda Plush, RN and Dr. Eleanor O'Rangers of the Space Nursing Society] The Space Show - Radio Interview Apr. 19, 2005
* [ "Origins, Founding, and Activities of the Space Nursing Society "] Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Vol. 16, No. 2 [2003] , pgs. 96-100
* [ "Space: A New Nursing Frontier"] Nursing Spectrum - Nov. 4, 2002
* [ "Perceived heathcare risks of space activities"] National Space Society Road

* [ NSS Online Report #10] - Jan. 2001
* [ "Nurses' contributions to the U.S. space program"] Association of Operating Room Nurses, Inc. Journal - May 1, 2000
* [ "SURGERY IN SPACE?"] Association of Operating Room Nurses, Inc. Journal - June 1999
* [ "John Glenn gets space aged"] Nurseweek/Healthweek - Sept. 20, 1998

External links

* [ Space Nursing Society official website]
* [ National Space Society official website]
* [ "Ad Astra" online edition]

See also

*Space advocacy
*Space colonization
*Space exploration
*Vision for Space Exploration

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