Nursing Students News & Accomplishments 

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SNA Resolution to be Presented at National Meeting

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In April, UNF SNA President Dayna Cohen presented a resolution in Phoenix, AZ at the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) annual convention.  The resolution discussed the expansion of education and training involving vascular access and was passed.  Work on the resolution was conducted by Dayna with the guidance of Dr. Judy Comeaux, a UNF SNA faculty advisor and resident IV specialist.  Recently, Dr. Judy Comeaux submitted an abstract titled, "Promoting, Supporting, and Advocating for the Development of a Standardized Vascular Access Curriculum in Undergraduate Nursing Programs" to the Association for Vascular Access (AVA).  The abstract was accepted by the AVA, and Dr. Comeaux and Dayna have been invited to present at the AVA 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting September 26-29th in Dallas, TX.  Dr. Comeaux will give an oral presentation, and Dayna will assist with the poster presentation.  Both hope that this will spark a debate regarding vascular access education and will bring together the AVA and the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) in collaboration for curriculum development.

Local SNA Chapter President Tapped for FNSA Leadership Roles

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Florida Nursing Students Association (FNSA) recently held a statewide board meeting on Saturday, May 16th in Orlando.  The UNF SNA chapter was represented at this meeting by Dayna Cohen, UNF SNA President, and Sean Virgle, UNF SNA 1st Vice President.  During the meeting, Dayna was approached to serve as the interim Region 4 Director and Chair of the Resolutions Committee based on her qualifications and recently passed resolution in Phoenix, AZ at the NSNA annual convention.  The directorship appointment is for a period of 20 days, and then the FNSA will begin accepting applications for the position.  Geographically, Region 4 covers the greater Tampa area and includes Breckenridge School of Nursing at ITT Tech, Florida Southern College, Hillsborough Community College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Polk State College, Southern University-Tampa, St. Petersburg College, University of South Florida, and University of Tampa.


As chair of the Resolutions Committee, Dayna's responsibilities will include providing FNSA chapters with the resolution format, editing resolutions presented at state convention, conducting the resolution hearing at state convention, and aiding with the preparation of resolutions for state convention.  During her tenure, Dayna desires to encourage FNSA members from all regions to prepare and submit resolutions about which they are passionate.  She will also strive to recruit committee participants from each FNSA region.  Dayna states that she is extremely honored to have been appointed by the FNSA, and the UNF School of Nursing is very proud of her accomplishment!  Swoop!

Student Nurses' Association Swoops into Phoenix for National Convention

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The National Student Nurses' Association recently held its 63rd annual convention April 7-12 in Phoenix, AZ.  The UNF SNA chapter was represented by two faculty members and 13 students in attendance and sat five student delegates and one alternate in the House of Delegates.  Additionally, the students and faculty presented a total of five posters, which covered topics such as the benefits of fluid-resistant scrub uniforms, mentoring in nursing education programs, peripheral catheter access education, peri-operative nursing, and flipping the classroom.  Further, Dayna Cohen, the current UNF SNA Chapter President, presented a resolution titled, "In Support of Encouraging a Short Peripheral Catheter Access Curriculum for All Undergraduate Nursing Programs."  The principle of the resolution was to encourage IV practice in all undergraduate nursing programs in an effort to reduce infusion complications and increase awareness and competency; the resolution passed with support.  Finally, the students also enjoyed the opportunity to hear about other issues in the field of nursing and nursing education, networked with other schools and companies, and interacted with peers from nursing programs across the nation.

School of Nursing Homebase Supports the Troops

Friday, April 17, 2015

 Recently, senior BSN students Chelsea Hill, Melian Graham, and Thomas Tolsch organized the "Swoop for the Troops 5K" under the direction of Dr. Linda Connelly as their fifth (5th) semester homebase project.  The VA homebase was a new opportunity to students beginning in the Summer 2013 term, and these students have worked with this population in each semester of their BSN studies.


By working with community partners, members of the School of Nursing, the College of Education & Human Services, and the Sports Management department, the homebase raised over $2,000 to support the UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) and the services it provides to the community and UNF students.  The MVRC currently works to help men and women transition into civilian life post-military as well as works with active duty members who wish to pursue their educational goals while in the service.  Additionally, the MVRC is developing scholarships for UNF nursing students who are veterans and are providing community workshops to help educate non-UNF individuals on the benefits that are available to veterans.  Research has show that having an education greatly impacts the socioeconomic status of individuals as well as their ability to access healthcare resources.  Duval County currently experiences one of the highest rates of homeless veterans in the state, and by applying an upstream concept to remedy the problem, the VA homebase and the MVRC hope to make a dramatic difference on these numbers and for this population.

Local SNA Chapter Elects New Officers

Monday, April 06, 2015

The UNF Student Nurses' Association (SNA) recently held its annual elections for positions on the chapter's Executive Board and chairships.  Please join us in congratulating the following electees:


Executive Board


President, Dayna Cohen, 2nd semester

1st Vice President, Sean Virgle, 2nd semester

2nd Vice President, Jessica Stephens, 2nd semester

Treasurer, Alexander Mendez, 2nd semester

Recording Secretary, Shelby Walls, 2nd semester

Corresponding Secretary, Raquel Avellar, 2nd semester


Committee Chairs

Breakthrough to Nursing, Brandy Greensmith, 3rd semester

Membership, Meho Pasic, 3rd semester

Legislative, Kira Janock, 2nd semester

Fundraising, Sarah Lawrence, 2nd semester

Public Relations, Shayna Peterson Brady, 3rd semester

SNA Store Manager, Caroline Myers, 3rd semester

SNA Store Manager, Alex Feroce, 2nd semester

Student Nurses' Association Hosts Pharmacology Workshop

Saturday, March 28, 2015

On Saturday, March 28th, the UNF Student Nurses' Association (SNA) hosted a pharmacology workshop in conjunction with I CAN Publishing, Inc.  The event, which was held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. hosted over 100 attendees from eight (8) ASN and BSN programs.  Participants heard from guest speaker, Ms. Sylvia McDonald, and learned about interactive activities designed to engage and enhance the learning of difficult subjects and concepts such as pharmacology.  They also received the book, Pharmacology Made Insanely Easy, as well as practiced NCLEX-RN questions and enjoyed the opportunity to network with other students and professionals from the field of nursing.  The UNF SNA is looking forward to providing similar learning opportunities in the future!

Student Nurses' Association Shares the "Real Story" with Prospective BSN Students

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

As part of an initiative through which to inform prospective BSN students about the program at UNF, the Student Nurses' Assocation (SNA) Breakthrough to Nursing Chair, Brandy Greensmith, shares the "Real Story" in video form.  As an informative and fun tool, this video has been shared on the UNF SNA Facebook fanpage, as well as shown in the School of Nursing's "So You Wanna Be a Nurse?" informational workshops.  Click here to enjoy Brandy and the SNA's hard work!

Nursing Students Soar above Fundraising Goal to Battle Breast Cancer

Saturday, November 01, 2014

October is widely known as the month during which to raises funds for and awareness of breast cancer, and this October proved no different for the Student Nurses' Association (SNA).  Designated as the organization's major annual philanthropic event for nearly a decade, the student group actively raised funds and provided outreach materials through a variety of activities such as the Pink Glove Dance, a raffle, bake sale days, and a Dollar War across BSN cohorts and the faculty/staff.  Tapped each year to raise more funds than the previous year, the group's 2014 fundraising goal was $3,000, and the SNA handily beat this goal with a total of $3,065!  All funds raised will be donated locally to The Donna Foundation in honor of Mrs. Judy Ahrens, wife of SON undergraduate faculty member Mr. William Ahrens.  It is through diligent work and caring efforts such as this fundraiser that the SNA is a stellar chapter and continues to soar to great heights.  Way to go Ospreys!

SNA Earns Top Honors at Annual FNSA Convention

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thirty-two members of UNF's Student Nurses' Association (SNA) were privileged to attend the 60th annual Florida Nursing Students Association (FNSA) convention this past weekend in Daytona Beach.  The chapter was represented by 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th semester Regular Prelicensure BSN students with 14 serving as seated delegates.  The students attended candidate speeches for FNSA elections, participated in the House of Delegates, listened to breakout speakers for inspiration about leadership and their future nursing careers, and sold products for the SNA store such as this year's breast cancer awareness shirt.  Most exciting of all, the chapter was recognized with the Diamond Chapter Circle award, which speaks to the chapter's excellence with respect to factors such as faculty support, community involvement, breakthrough to nursing efforts, membership numbers, and state and national organization involvement.  Let's take a moment to applaud our stellar Ospreys for their great achievement!  Swoop!

SNA Brings Awareness to Breast Cancer Cause with Pink Glove Dance

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On Wednesday, October 15th the UNF chapter of the Student Nurses' Association (SNA) had fun and brought awareness to its breast cancer cause with a choreographed dance.  The Pink Glove Dance, which is part of a larger fundraising initiative and contest from Medline, saw a variety of BSN students and faculty dancing to "Happy" as the SNA presented Jeannie Blaylock of First Coast News with the 200 Buddy Bears it collected for cancer patients this month.  Check out our dancing Ospreys at UNF YouTube and First Coast News!

UNF Student Nurses' Association Soars to National Recognition

Monday, April 14, 2014

The School of Nursing (SON) is excited and pleased to announce that its local chapter of the Student Nurses' Association (SNA) recently attended the 62nd Annual National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) Convention.  The four-day event was held in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center and was attended by chapters from across the nation.


It was at this event that the UNF chapter received national recognition with the receipt of two major awards.  First, the chapter won "Most Successful School Community Health Project" for a project entitled "Creating a Positive Impact with Terminal Blood Cancers."  This project involved the recent spring blood and bone marrow drive on the UNF campus as part of the national "Be the Match. Be the Cure" campaign.  The purpose of the NSNA community health project award program is to foster the development and implementation of community service at the local, state, and national levels and to educate healthcare consumers about illness prevention, early detection of disease and treatment options, and community awareness about changes in community health.  This is the second time that the chapter has won this award in the last 10 years. 


In addition to its community project recognition, the SON's very own Dr. Judy Comeaux received the 2014 Leader of Leaders Award for her outstanding service and support to the SNA chapter.  Each year, official SNA chapters may nominate faculty advisors, deans, or state consultants for this award, which is sponsored by Elsevier, the proud publisher of Mosby and Saunders nursing titles.  The winner receives an expenses-paid trip to the annual NSNA convention and is presented with a plaque and book.


As a complement to these national awards, the SNA proudly presented seven educational posters during the designated poster session.  It also sat four delegates in the NSNA House of Delegates and saw a resolution drafted by 4th semester Prelicensure student, Jessi Freeland, passed.  The resolution was entitled "In Support of Decreasing Obesity Bias among Nurses and Nursing Students by Promoting Education Regarding Obesity."


Finally, to round out the chapter's success at convention, 2nd semester Prelicensure student, Kelly Hunt, was elected NSNA President after running against a NSNA incumbent board member.  Kelly is the local chapter's outgoing 1st Vice President and is first female NSNA President from the UNF chapter.  Additionally, she is the third UNF student to hold this position in the last decade.  Todd Uhlman held the position from 2006 - 2007, while Joseph Potts held the position from 2012 - 2013. 

Students Participate in the Debate over the Role of Nurse Practitioners in Healthcare

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

In light of a debate regarding doctors versus nurse practitioners, UNF nursing students were recently provided the opportunity to voice their support of and explanation for the role of nurse practitioners in the healthcare field.  Click here to view the story as it aired on Action News.

Student Nurses' Association Executive Board Members Attend Mid-Year Convention

Monday, November 11, 2013

Recently, the local Student Nurses' Association chapter at UNF was fortunate to send four of its executive board members to Louisville, Kentucky for the 2013 National Student Nurses' Association mid-year convention.  While at convention, the board members networked with officers from other chapters across the nation, attended workshops, and completed training certificates.  Alana Elrod, chapter treasurer, completed the "NSNA Leadership U: Treasurer's Certificate Program."  The officers returned from convention armed with ideas for expanding participation in the local chapter by encouraging involvement from pre-nursing students.  Way to keep growing Ospreys!

Student Nurses' Association Soars Beyond Fundraising Goal

Friday, November 01, 2013

October is the month of breast cancer awareness, and the local chapter of the Florida Student Nurses' Association has made this cause their major philanthropic event for the last six years.  Each year the SNA members find fun and interactive ways to raise awareness of and funds for the fight against breast cancer, and each year, they set a fundraising goal that surpasses that of the previous year.  This year was no different!


The School of Nursing is proud to announce that the SNA raised $2,650 for Susan G. Komen North Florida during the month of October.  This is the most ever raised by the chapter!  Students participated in several bake sale days and raffled fun items such as Jacksonville Jaguars football tickets, a laptop, a pink stethoscope, and gift certificates for goodies from Sweet by Holly, Kilwin's, and Gilmon's Bakery.  Way to go UNF SNA!

Student Nurses' Association Comes Away with Two Awards

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Student Nurses' Association (SNA) participated in the 59th annual FNSA Convention in Daytona Beach from October 24-26, 2013.  Permitted a maximum of 11 delegates for the House of Delegates, SNA was able to seat 10 on October 24th, 11 on October 25th, and nine on October 26th.  Additionally, the SNA submitted two award applications, one for community involvement and one for legislative efforts.  The chapter won the community award for its innovative efforts to raise funds for and awareness of breast cancer and its involvement with Susan G. Komen North Florida.  It also won the legislative award for its efforts to bring forth booster seat legislation in the state.  This effort began a year ago under the direction of former Accelerated Prelicensure BSN students who have since graduated. 


The School of Nursing is very proud of the SNA and those who participated at convention.  Great work Ospreys!

UNF Nursing Graduates Continue to Soar

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The third quarter NCLEX pass rates are in, and UNF's nursing graduates continue to soar above the rest.  As of October 2013, UNF ranked second (2nd) among BSN programs in the state with a NCLEX pass rate of 97%.  This far exceeds both state and national averages, which are 79% and 84%, respectively.  Continue to fly high to achieve your dreams, alumni!

Regular Prelicensure BSN Cohort Makes History

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

For the first time in the history of the University of North Florida's chapter of the Student Nurses' Association (SNA), a cohort has reached 100% enrollment. The purpose of the SNA is to engage currently enrolled pre-nursing and nursing students in community and pre-professional activities designed to build and enhance leadership. The local chapter of the SNA is pleased to recognize the Fall 2013 Regular Prelicensure BSN cohort for this great achievement! This cohort is comprised of 45 students who are seeking their baccalaureate degree in nursing and just began this journey in late August. Their efforts and enthusiasm are being rewarded with an ice cream social.

Student Nurses' Association Elects 2013-2014 Officers

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Local UNF SNA chapter elects new officers for 2013-2014 academic year


Baking for Heart Disease Awareness

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The UNF nursing students have been busy in the kitchen again! Our students organized a spring bake sale to increase heart disease awareness here on campus. Cookies, brownies, treats and time were donated by several undergraduate nursing students. Over the course of one week, the students raised more than $700. The proceeds from the sale were donated to the American Heart Association. Keep up the great work in the UNF community!

UNF Students Rise Above the Rest

Monday, November 26, 2012

As of September 2012, the UNF Brooks College of Health School of Nursing is at a 98% pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The state pass rate in Florida is at 87.27%, while the national pass rating is at 90.88% for the same time period. Keep soaring, Ospreys!

UNF Student Elected to FNSA Regional Directorship

Saturday, November 03, 2012

This past November, UNF nursing students traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida for the Florida Nursing Students' Association State Convention.  We are pleased to announce that Vianca Cabrera, a first semester Regular Prelicensure BSN student, was elected as the Region 2 Director and Resolutions Chair, an executive board member position.  This is the first time the University of North Florida School of Nursing has had a student elected to this specific position.  Congratulations, Vianca!

Osprey Nursing Student Wins FNSA Presidency

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Thuy Tran, a 4th semester nursing student, was involved with the Florida Nursing Student Association from 2011 to 2012 as Region 1 Director and Communication Chair.  After a year of being involved with FNSA, she decided to run for president of the organization.  With the support of UNF faculty and her fellow nursing students, Thuy won the election!  Congratulations to the new president of the Florida Nursing Student Association!

Nursing Students Raise Funds to Support Breast Cancer Research

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the UNF undergraduate nursing students decided to make a difference in the greater Jacksonville area.  In a two-week period, the students came together with a bake sale, Jaguar ticket raffle, and class dollar wars to raise $2, 275!  All funds were kept local with a donation made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure North Florida.