Our Lady of Holy Cross College Nursing students took the stage at the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Convention in Charlotte, NC, April 2-5. Junior Kelsea Bice, far left, was elected vice president of NSNA. Also attending are seniors Christianne Bean, Aimee Vallot, Brett Bordelon, Caitlin Creppel, Kayla Hebert, Ciji Creppel, Amanda Desselle, Christine Juhas, Kristen Gardner and juniors Jacquelyn Martinez, Alaka Parker and Adam Shorts, along with Faculty Moderator Marie McGregor
Our Lady of Holy Cross College (OLHCC) nursing students distinguished themselves at the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Convention in Charlotte, NC, April 2-5. Junior Kelsea Bice, president of the college's Student Nurses Association and Louisiana Association of Student Nurses, was elected Vice President of NSNA.
In addition, OLHCC student nurses offered an important resolution, which was approved, to the NSNA House of Delegates calling for "an increase in exposure to spiritually competent care in undergraduate nursing education." NSNA resolutions can affect nursing students, nursing curricula and general healthcare throughout the U.S. This marks the first time a resolution from OLHCC's SNA has been adopted by the national association.
Thirteen OLHCC student nurses attended the convention and advocated for the resolution. "Our executive board members researched current themes and trends in nursing education, and we found little focus in recent research on the part spirituality plays in a person's well-being," says Bice.
"We wanted to do this resolution because nobody had ever done one on spirituality before," says student nurse Jacquelyn Martinez, SNA historian. "We felt it was important for the future of holistic nursing care." Holistic nursing care is a tenet of OLHCC's Nursing program, known for clinical excellence and the professional accomplishments and compassion of graduates. OLHCC offers a bachelor's degree in Nursing and an online RN to BSN program. "
With a membership of 60,000 nationwide, NSNA mentors the professional development of future registered nurses and facilitates their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance.