chooseNursing.com shares RN Ambassador
presentation tools and new on-line journal with students.
San Francisco was the site of the California Nursing Students’
Association Annual State Conference in February. The theme
of this year’s conference was “Uniting Nurses
by Building Bridges.”
The California Nursing Students’ Association Annual
State conference opened with a keynote address given by KT
Waxman, RN, MBA, and President of KT Waxman and Associates.
Ms. Waxman spoke eloquently on the future of the nursing profession
and the passing of the torch to our next generation of nurses.
The nursing students participated in events such as the House
of Delegates where resolutions on nursing topics were debated.
The convention also featured a Faculty Forum and many educational
sessions. Topics, such as the impact and involvement of politics,
strategies for getting their first RN position and nurse leaders
expanding their roles as entrepreneurs, were offered in breakout
sessions. Katie Bray, RN and CNCC member adds, “The
nursing profession should be so proud of these gifted people
who have chosen our profession. They are bright and dedicated.”
This year the Coalition for Nursing Careers in California
(CNCC) was again reaching out to the student nurses with their
RN Ambassador presentation tools. Many students saw the tools
as a way to help with their Break-Through to Nursing requirements.
CNCC also offered information about the chooseNursing.com
scholarship, awarded to a nursing student every semester.
highlight of this year’s conference was the presentation
of the 1st Annual Student Nurse Ambassador Award created as
part of a collaboration between CNCC and CNSA. The purpose
of the award is to encourage nursing students to participate
in outreach programs, demonstrate leadership and professionalism,
and stewardship. Linda D. Gregory, Program Manager at CNCC,
presented the award to this year’s recipients, Nicole
Marcy, a nursing student at San Diego State University and
Jennifer Booker, a nursing student at California State Fresno
during the CNSA Awards Ceremony. According to Ms. Gregory,
“I was so impressed with the magnitude of the student
nurse’s commitment, excitement and professionalism this
year. It was an honor to present the 1st Annual Student Nurse
Ambassador Award to Nicole and Jennifer.” To read more
about their RN Ambassador experiences, visit chooseNursing.com.
CNCC was also promoting their Student and New Grad Blog;
a journal that is maintained on the web. CNCC is looking for
students and new grads to keep a blog that will be posted
regularly. Their peers will read first-hand stories as our
blogger experiences the transition from new grad to a Registered
Nurse working for the first time. Whether it’s clinical,
classroom, a patient care experience, or a bad day, each represents
a day in the life of our blogger and, therefore, gives their
peers an opportunity to identify and breathe a sigh of relief
while thinking ‘it’s not just me!’ The program
generated a lot of excitement and many signed up to be considered.
This is the first year that ACNL sponsored CNSA’s Annual
State Leadership Conference and it was a great success and
lots of fun. It was very inspirational to speak to our future
nurses about their passion for the nursing profession. Our
future is bright and in good hands with the next generation
Release Date: March 29, 2004
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