Nursing students win award, influence policy at national conference
Nothing caps a successful year like earning recognition for a job well done!
The Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA) chapter at Memorial’s School of Nursing (MUNSON) recently won the Atlantic Regional Achievement Award during the 2013 CNSA national conference in Halifax.
“We were very excited and surprised,” said Brianna Richardson, one of MUNSON’s official delegates at the conference. “The recognition feels incredible, and means a lot.”
The student chapter won the award for lots of hard work over the past year. Last fall they hosted a successful CNSA Atlantic Regional Conference, and put plenty of spirit into National Nursing Spirit Week.
“This award means a lot because we really try very hard to promote the CNSA, and encourage nursing students to be excited about choosing nursing as a career,” said Ms. Richardson, who accepted the award with her co-delegate Erin Evans.
Students from Memorial’s School of Nursing also received kudos for their work on policy development.
Four groups of students from the second year fast-track and the third year collaborative programs presented resolutions during the conference’s national assembly. Two of those resolutions were passed, while another two were heavily debated.
The resolutions passed call for peer mentoring support programs for nursing students, and for creating student awareness of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The NCLEX exam is new, and replaces the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination in 2015.
Developing and presenting resolutions at national conferences helps nursing students develop and build their leadership skills.
“When students create and bring forth these resolutions, it shows not only their leadership skills but their passion and determination to better experiences for all nursing students across Canada,” said Brianna. “As we learn every day, the job of a registered nurse has many roles. Leadership and position statement/policy skills are essential components to attaining the holistic career of an RN.”
Ms. Richardson credits Dr. Sandra MacDonald with helping students develop their leadership skills by incorporating the drafting of resolutions and policy into her curriculum.
Before the conference was over, Memorial students had earned praise for their hard work, enthusiasm, and leadership. They also saw the appointment of fellow student Kaleigh Newton as the Atlantic Regional Director to the 2013/2014 CNSA Board of Directors, and watched second year nursing student Deanne Drover debate the merits of free post secondary education as part with other of the CNSA’s national team.