NSNA Mid-Year Conference
– Jordan McAdams
Recently, Gabby Smith, Ambrosia Caruso and myself traveled to San Diego, CA to attend the Mid-year National Student Nurses’ Association Conference.
At the conference, we gained knowledge about nursing specialties such as neonatal nurse practitioner, geriatric nurse practitioner, oncology nursing, emergency department nursing, and even education. Learning about
these different specialties really opened our eyes to the fact that nursing is very flexible and you can work wherever your heart desires.
One nursing topic stood out to all three of us: the practice of global nursing. NSNA has a Global Nursing Chair and if you desire to go on a trip to provide medical services in other parts of the world, you can go to the NSNA website and email the Global Nursing chair to volunteer. Why not get involved in the SNA Chapter and raise money to fund your trip?!
At the NSNA Conference, we obtained a certificate in Red Cross Disaster Relief. The program was eye-opening in the number of people in need of help during a disaster and the history of how the Red Cross Disaster Relief came about.
During the trip, it was insightful to talk with other nursing students from across the country, to learn how our curriculum is the same, to hear different ways they are reaching out to their communities, and to discover how they are involved in their own SNA chapter.
When not in conference sessions, we did a little sightseeing in the San Diego area. Our favorite out-of-conference activity was going to Mission, Pacific and La Jolla beach and walking the boardwalk. There we also rode a rollercoaster, ate fish tacos and saw the beautiful seal beach.
All in all, we had an amazing trip and encourage everyone to attend an NSNA conference to enhance nursing knowledge and meet other nursing students from all over the country. I will never forget this trip!
Nursing Spotlight: Graduate Student
Tara Almand RN, BSN
In 2008, I graduated from Southern Arkansas University with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and in 2010 with a BSN. I hold memberships in the American Nurses Association, SAU Alumni Association, SAU Nursing Alumni Chapter, and Alpha Chi National Honor Society. I received Employee of the Month for MCSA in March 2011, Nurse of the Year for IMCU in 2010, and Patient Choice Award for the entire hospital in 2011.
In January of this year, I began my journey towards becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Why healthcare? My father is a family practice physician and my mother is his nurse. I have been around the practice of healthcare since I was born. I enjoy getting to know a patient and follow them through their life as time progresses and the family expands. I not only want to be their primary healthcare provider but also a family friend.
During my clinical rotation in the SAU RN-BSN program, I shadowed a family nurse practitioner for a local clinic. I watched her write prescriptions, remove sebaceous cysts, treat high blood pressure and the common cold, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed the nurse practitioner’s scope of practice and especially liked her calm approach and fantastic bedside manner. Watching her reinforced my desire to become a family nurse practitioner in a rural clinic.
I was unaware until I applied to a graduate program all transcripts from every school attended will be submitted. The admissions panel focuses on GPA and course grades, especially in courses like statistics and health assessment. I would advise all of you interested in graduate school to study hard in undergrad and apply yourself in all of your courses. If your desire is to go to graduate school, then do it. Follow your goals!
Nursing school is not easy. It requires an enormous amount of hard work and diligence. But at the end of your shift when you see a smile on a patient’s face and the family thanks you for being there, all that hard work has paid off. Knowing you can make a positive difference in someone’s life is what nursing, the caring profession, is based upon.
My goal is to be a nurse that my patient will remember. I want them to say that I cared about them, spent time with them, and brightened their day.
My desire is that each of you strives to be a nurse who stands out because you care and love your profession. The avenues for nursing are many as are the rewards. Keep up the hard work because it will all pay off in the end!
– Stephanie Seymour
The Name-A-Seat Campaign is a fundraiser to revitalize the Wharton Nursing Building auditorium, a lecture hall with which nursing students are all too familiar as WNB 230.
Mary Armwood, Assistant Professor of Nursing, explains, “In January of 1979, as a new nursing instructor, I taught with Pat Williams, Billie Cameron, Vonda Dees, Marie Brown and Charla Rodgers in Wharton Auditorium. It seated 118 students and we thought it was a wonderful facility. But that was 30 plus years ago. Nursing has changed, students have changed and Wharton Auditorium had remained the same.”
Included in the $57,000 remodeling project will be improvements to the acoustics and lighting, new carpet, and new seating with handicap areas.
This is your opportunity to remember a loved one, honor a dear friend, or recognize a cherished faculty member. Each named seat will be recognized on a plaque at the entrance to the auditorium. Please visit the SAU Foundation website for more information or call Josh Kee at 235-4321.
Are You Prepared?
– Ambrosia Caruso
Disasters, natural or man-made, can carry catastrophic consequences. As a nurse, it is a professional responsibility to be prepared when a disaster strikes. It is our duty as members of the NSNA and future nursing professionals to learn about disaster preparedness.
The first thing to do in disaster planning is make sure you and your family are safe. Pick a safe place to meet in case your home or surrounding area becomes unsafe. Create evacuation routes – two routes are always best. Every six months, practice the evacuation routes your family has designed. Designate out-of-state contacts who can be reached using the routes in case a disaster were to occur.
Next, make a kit for every person in your family. A disaster kit includes: water (one gallon per person per day); food that is ready to eat or requires minimal water to make; first-aid equipment; warm, comfortable clothes; rain gear; a flashlight; personal hygiene items; a battery powered radio; batteries; a pocket knife; a blanket or sleeping bag. For more information on disaster kits, visit the Red Cross website.
Finally, get involved to educate others in disaster preparedness or help those who have already experienced a disaster. Contact your local American Red Cross to become a volunteer on the community, state, or national level. If you would like to help within SAU and the surrounding communities, become a member of the SNA Disaster Preparedness Committee. I currently serve as the chair and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get the facts, stay informed, and be prepared!
SNA Works with SAU Foundation
The Southern Arkansas University Phone a thon is coordinated by SAU Foundation to secure donations for projects, endowments, and scholarships for the University.
Every semester, different student organizations do their part to phone SAU alumni to raise both money and support for the University. Recent donations have helped to purchase equipment for the Science and Technology building, update the Mulerider baseball field, and provide a grant to the Art Department.
The Student Nurses’ Association volunteered for the Phonathon earlier in November and, according to SAU Foundation graduate assistant Zachary Seaton, raised an estimated $2,000.
SNA will also take part in the Phonathon in the spring 2013 semester. Last year, the SAU Foundation awarded the Student Nurses’ Association $500 for being one of the top fundraisers for the event.
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