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Student Nurse Ambassadors Awarded at the CNSA 2005 Conference

From left to right: Linda Gregory, Marla Brown, Greg Montes, Scott Swaby

“Creating the Future by Leading the Way,” was this year’s theme for the California Nurses Student Association (CNSA) annual convention held at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California.

The conference got off to a rousing start with the keynote address by Maria O’Rourke, DNSc, RN, FAAN, CHC.

Some of the topics included, “Successful Hurst Review” by Marlene Hurst, and focused on providing key strategies for passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX); “Successful Transitions: Strategies for Success in the First Year of Practice,” presented by Linda Searle Leach, PhD, RN and Suzie Reinsvold, MSN, RN.; “Acing That First RN Job Interview,” presented by Jennifer Hermann, MS, RN, Director of Human Resources at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Jennifer also serves on the board for the Coalition for Nursing Careers in California (CNCC). Other workshops included, “Leading the Way by Developing Your Political Voice,” presented by Catherine Dodd, MS, RN, FAAN, District Chief of Staff and Health Advisor for United States Representative Nancy Pelosi.

CNCC Staff supports CNSA conference: Jean Smithson-Bell, Greg Montes, Linda Gregory, Jacqueline Noble

Outgoing CNSA President, Greg Montes says, “The House of Delegates adopted a new set of bylaws, and three resolutions. One resolution was submitted to the National Students Nurses Association (NSNA) to represent California at the national convention in Salt Lake City, Utah in April.” He also commented that a new internship program titled, “A Nursing Student in Sacramento” was announced that will start this spring. It is a collaborative effort between CNSA and the American Nurses Association in California. In addition, over $15,000 was awarded in scholarships to 15 students at this year’s convention. “I think this past year with CNSA was the perfect rounding out of my professional nursing education at this level,” says Greg.

Student nurse, Valentina Zamora says, “Being among so many great nursing leaders was very powerful. It reminds me that nursing is more than a vocation…it can truly be a lifelong career.”

For the second annual Student Nurse Ambassador Award ceremony, Linda D. Gregory, MSN, Program Manager, of the CNCC, presented each winner, Marla Brown and Scott Swaby, with a Littman Stethoscope and a plaque.

From left to right: Eleanor Louie, Linda Gregory, Greg Montes

“Participation in the award is symbolic of the future of nursing. It recognizes exemplar leadership and outstanding demonstrations of commitment to influence and develop the nursing workforce of tomorrow – one that will reflect the many communities we serve,” says Linda. “Through active participation in outreach activities related to the mission of the Breakthrough to Nursing Project, the students' voices and efforts as advocates for the profession of nursing may be actualized,” comments Linda.

Marla, a student at Golden West College will graduate in May 2005. Scott attends Evergreen Valley College and will also graduate in May 2005.

CNCC in partnership with CNSA encourages nursing students to participate in outreach programs, demonstrate leadership, professionalism and stewardship. For more information on how to qualify for the Student Nurse Ambassador award, visit CNCC’s website, CNCC.org.

The endnote address, by Marilyn P. Chow, RN, DNS, FAAN, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Program Office, at Kaiser Permanente offered this to the attendees, “Dare to dream the impossible dream.”

Attended by more than 400 nursing students, faculty, and nursing managers, the conference was hailed as a huge success.

Release Date: March 23, 2005

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