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HOSA’s “The Magic of Health Care” 2003 State Leadership Conference

HOSA members, Denisse Campos, Porsche Davis, Jessica Henricks and Raeyna Cross greet guests at this year’s State Leadership Conference

The 16th Annual California Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference was held over a five day period in March 2003. CNCC was present to promote its chooseNursing.com web site.

The HOSA conference is an opportunity to bring together young people who are studying and training for occupations in health care. Not only does the conference provide a forum for the students to develop leadership skills and test their talents and abilities, it also serves as a supportive environment. Members from across California compete in events to test their proficiency in such areas as medical terminology, parliamentary procedure, and extemporaneous speaking. The competitions are exciting for the members. HOSA member Denisse Campos, explains. “The conference is a good experience, plus we learn a lot. Basically, we get to show off what we know.” Another HOSA member, Jessica Henricks, adds, “Our school has a lot of minority students, so it just goes to show that skin tone or gender doesn’t really matter when it comes to how much you know.”

The event also presents workshops covering a wide range of subjects including Anatomy in Clay, and How to Land a Job and Keep It. The conference is also the venue for the election of new state officers. Although there is stress associated with the competitions and elections, there is also lots of fun with dinners, dancing and a closing awards ceremony.

Linda D. Gregory, Manager of CNCC had this to say about the conference theme, the magic of health care; “the magic in heath care is an intangible but to “make a difference” is measurable and real.’

For more information on HOSA and its events, visit their national web site at www.hosa.org.

Release Date: April 22, 2003

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