Southern celebrates national nursing today



Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Student Nursing Association members, Kaitlyn Workman, Vice President, Ashlee McRoberts, President; and Chad Hackney, Chaplain.

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It’s National Nurses Day and Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College is celebrating.


This year's theme is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead.” The goal is to find voices and ideas for innovations or improvements to elevate the nursing practice and define what it means to provide compassionate, connected care.


Southern’s Student Nurses Association (SNA) promotes awareness and involvement in nursing education. The SNA supports the education of the student nurse as a professional and acts as a liaison between nursing faculty and nursing students.


The purpose of the Student Nurses Association (SNA) is to involve students in key aspects of nursing. The SNA meets its goals by participating in educational and community service. Mentors for Southern’s SNA are Dr. Debra Mullins, Ed.D., MSN, APRN, FNP-BC and GNP-BC, first-year instructor, and Dr. Anitra Ellis, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, second-year instructor.


Highlights of the 2020 – 2021 academic year related to leadership, education, and community service:


LEADERSHIP: Three nursing students from Southern were chosen as officers for the West Virginia State Student Nurses Association. They were: Secretary Harli Dingess, second-year student, Membership/Breakthrough to Nursing Director Kaitlyn Workman, first-year student, Newsletter Editor Ashlee McRoberts, first-year student, and student representative for the College on the Board of Governors, Casara Spry, second-year student.


SERVICE: Southern Nursing students, under the supervision of Dr. Anitra Ellis, participated in the Covid-19 vaccinations at the Coalfield Health Center.

First-year nursing students collected clothing donations for the children’s units at Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV where they do their mental health clinical rotations. Students served as volunteers during the Red Cross blood drive.


EDUCATION Twenty nursing students and three nursing faculty attended the annual West Virginia Nurses’ Association annual Policy Summit which was held virtually this year. The focus of this summit is to educate and encourage nurses to use their collective voice as change agents to strengthen policy for nursing and those they serve. Nursing is forever on the frontline in health care. Content included policy updates, effective communication strategies with a legislator, posters, and patient advocacy. Tuition for the conference was generously funded by Southern West Virginia Community College’s Foundation.


One student, Kaitlyn Workman, Vice President of the SNA, was nominated and chosen to attend the virtual National Student Nurses’ Association annual conference. Kaityln’s tuition for the conference was funded by the West Virginia Student Nurses’ association.

The Annual National SNA Convention, held every spring, attracts thousands of nursing students, faculty, and nursing leaders from across the country. It features keynote speakers, poster presentations, focus sessions, awards ceremony, Mini-NCLEX® Review, and many networking opportunities.

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