Student nurses attend state convention

Amanda Rogers
Staff Writer

    Junior and senior students from the registered nurses program and students from the licensed practical nursing program attended the 53rd annual Arkansas Student Nurses Association state convention Oct. 14-15 at the Austin Hotel and Hot Springs Convention Center. Students enjoyed the sessions and camaraderie of fellow nursing students.

    “Convention was a lot of fun. Our junior class bonded so well, and we really enjoyed hanging out together,” said Amy Tilton, a junior nursing student.

   Keynote speaker G. Rumay Alexander, the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and a visiting clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, introduced the convention theme, “Nurses: America’s Priceless Resource.” After the keynote address, University of Arkansas-Monticello students attended a variety of focus sessions.

   “I thought the 'Understanding Sexual Assault' focus session was very informative. It focused on a new specialization in nursing, SANE nurses. The field of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners brings to light a new aspect in the care of sexual assault victims,” said Andie Guyant, a junior nursing student.

   Chosen delegates from each school attended the House of Delegates, where the 2004-2005 ANSA officer nominees were introduced. UAM’s delegates included Patty Higginbotham, Jennifer Strickland, Candi Calvert, Aaron Starks and alternate David Martar.

   Graduate school representatives and nurse recruiters from many different hospitals in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Missouri filled the exhibit hall. Many students took time to speak with recruiters from the hospitals that interested them.

   Senior students attended two NCLEX review sessions for the state board test. The sessions helped the students become more familiar with the test and its difficult questions.

  Fundraisers were also a part of the convention. Many schools had tables set up displaying T-shirts, jewelry, study books and other nursing apparatus. The profits from a silent auction featuring donations from each chapter help fund ANSA scholarships.

   The House of Delegates met Oct. 15 to elect the ANSA officers, selecting UAM’s Student Nurses Association President Becky Scott as ANSA's state president. SNA vice-president Bridgette Moore ascended to the presidency, while Patty Higginbotham continues as junior class president..

   Next year’s ANSA meeting will be held in October, and all SNA members are encouraged to attend. SNA is open to all junior and senior nursing majors currently enrolled in UAM's nursing program, with monthly meetings held in Wells Hall. For more information, contact the Division of Nursing at 460-1069.

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