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Nursing students at the 58th Annual Convention of the National Student Nurses Association

By Katherine Reicher '10

Ten undergraduate nursing students represented Boston College in at the 58th Annual Convention of the National Student Nurses Association held at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida from April 7th – 11th. The following students were chosen to attend the convention: Katherine Reicher, Catherine Walker, Camille Maddox, Sarah Belden, Nadia Bachiri, Kristen Yurewicz, Catherine Ferreira, Shiva Mashtagh, Sabianca Delva, and Jessica Fenty-Scotland.

These students are active members in the Boston College Chapter of the National Student Nurses Association. Over the course of the year they participated in increasing awareness events, such as the national distribution of Muscular Dystrophy information during college tailgates in September, and the Breast Cancer Walk around the Charles River. They also fundraised to help cover costs of the trip by selling nursing clipboards and t-shirts.

While at the convention they were awed by the keynote speaker, Jennie Chin Hansen, a former CSON graduate and current president of AARP, and her speech about the “Magic of Nursing”. The following morning they had breakfast with Hansen and were grateful for the pearls wisdom she had to share.

The students networked with other undergraduate students from nursing schools around the nation. Several received free Dansko shoes that were being distributed to the first 150 students to enter the exhibit hall. There they spoke with representatives from a variety of hospitals and graduate programs. They also spent their time attending educational seminars covering an array of topics, from tips for doing well in school, to possible career paths after graduation. Some of the favorites were: “Pharmacology Made Insanely Easy” by Loretta Manning, the Executive Officer of ICAN Publishing, Inc., and ”Could Your Client’s Job be Making them Sick?” by Kathryn P. Jackman-Murphy the Assistant Professor of Nursing at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Overall, the students believe the convention was beneficial both academically and professionally, and have begun planning for next year’s convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.