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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Andrea Lopez '14

national student nurses association 60th anniversary convention

The Massachusetts Student Nurses Association

The Massachusetts Student Nurses Association (MASNA) members and I attended the National Student Nurses’ Association 60th Anniversary Convention and Alumni Reunion hosted in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Entitled “Spanning the Distance: 60 Years of the Evolving Nurse," the convention was an unforgettable event that gave me a lot of experience and memories. As an NSNA member, I am part of a great organization and I am glad I got to experience brilliant speakers, thrilling topics, and extraordinary networking opportunities. Leaders from states and schools came together to demonstrate their progress in nursing affairs. I had the opportunity to meet nursing students and registered nurses from all over the nation and I was able to see the large support network available for nurses.      

We attended several of the focus sessions that included everything from pharma-co-karaoke to learning how to advance in the next level of my education. I enjoyed hearing from the Suzanne Prevost president of Sigma Theta Tau International who spoke of a topic that is dear to my heart. Suzanne Prevost talked about “The Role of Nurses in a Global Community” and discussed the current status of professional nursing across the United States and compared it to other regions of the world. I learned that there is a need for prepared professionals to treat people like themselves. It is important to prepare nursing students to make a difference. This session posed the question of “What can I do to make a positive impact?” The answer to this was to give our talents back to the community.

It is great that health professionals are saving lives all over the country. People all over the country would be better off if nurses could make greater efforts to become an advocate for change. I am a strong believer that nursing students should be among the first to hear, call, and respond to such situations. This convention allowed us to discover our nursing passions and keep motivated. We learned. We were inspired.

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At the top of Mount Washington in Pittsburgh enjoying the view at the conclusion of the NSNA National Convention are members of the Massachusetts Student Nurse Association (MSNA) Board of Directors: Kaitlyn Blais (Worcester State University, MSNA Media), Allison Mamishian (Worcester State University, MSNA Outreach Chair), Chenille Morrison (Boston College, MSNA Secretary), Judy Shindul-Rothschild (Boston College, MSNA Faculty Advisor), Andrea Lopez (Boston College, MSNA Breakthrough to Nursing Chair), Anna Diane (Boston College, MSNA President MSNA).