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Nurse Anesthetist Students Represent UNF at Annual Conference

September 1, 2019

In August 2019, the University of North Florida and its Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) were represented by students, faculty, and staff at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Annual Congress in Chicago, IL.  Eleven UNF NAP students presented posters, and two NAP students gave oral presentations on their topics.  This is impressive as only 16 oral presentations were selected nationally from among student, faculty, and practitioner submissions.  Laura Molina and Marina Follick presented "Evidence Based Practice: The Effectiveness of Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) Block to Reduce Postoperative Pain."  Amy Suralis and Amanda Eagan presented "Evidence Based Practice: The Effectiveness of Early Patient Education on Reducing Anxiety in Cataract Surgical Patients."  UNF and the School of Nursing/NAP are extremely proud of the students who participated in the congress.

Osprey Student Nurses Take on National Convention

April 8, 2018

This past week, the UNF School of Nursing (SON) and Student Nurses' Association (SNA) were well represented at the National Student Nurses' Association's (NSNA) 66th annual convention in Nashville, TN.  Held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort, the convention boasted keynote addresses from national leaders in the nursing arena, educational seminars, club fundraising opportunities, policy advocacy and action, national NSNA board elections, and poster presentations.  Additionally, a bountiful exhibit hall that included product demonstrations and sales, graduate school recruiters, and nurse recruiters from a variety of organizations was open each day.


The UNF SNA chapter was fortunate to send two faculty advisors, one staff advisor, and nearly 20 BSN students, including representatives from nearly each Prelicensure cohort.  The chapter sat it maximum of four (4) delegates and four (4) alternates in the NSNA House of Delegates and saw 12 students present 10 different educational and informational posters.  Further, 10 students attended the optional NCLEX review course while 13 attended the American Red Cross disaster training course.  Finally, Sara Combs, a second semester Accelerated Prelicensure student, presented a resolution to the House of Delegates advocating for the use of student nurses as disaster relief agency volunteers; the resolution had passed at the state level in October 2017 and was successfully passed at the national convention.

UNF Student Nurses' Association Takes Top Honor at State Convention

October 29, 2017

Once again, the UNF Student Nurses' Association (SNA) is top in the state!  The chapter, which was represented by 20 Prelicensure BSN students and two faculty advisors, took home top honors at this year's Florida Nursing Students Association (FNSA) annual convention at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.  That honor, the Diamond Chapter Circle award, is awarded each fall to one chapter through an application and review process.  The application requires that the chapter demonstrate campus and community involvement as well as institutional support and open communication with prospective and current members and alumni.


In addition to this prestigious award, the chapter was honored to participate in the FNSA House of Delegates by seating its maximum of 13 delegates and six (4) alternates.  Attendees also participated in a banner/poster content, ran for state office, and presented a resolution advocating for the use of student nurses as volunteers in disaster relief agencies that was passed by House of Delegates vote.

School of Nursing SNA Participates in State Convention, 2 Members Elected to State Board

October 31, 2016

The university's Student Nurses' Association (SNA) chapter actively participated in the 2016 Florida Nursing Students Association (FNSA) annual convention this past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in Daytona Beach.  The chapter enjoyed representation in the House of Delegates by seating its maximum allowance of 16 delegates in each House session as well as through the stewardship of chapter president and Regular Prelicensure BSN student, Jared Fox, who served on the 2015-2016 FNSA board as Region 2 Director and Chair of the state Breakthrough to Nursing Committee.  Additionally, four (4) chapter members ran for the 2016-2017 FNSA board with two (2) being elected.  Ms. Paige Dunn, an Accelerated Prelicensure BSN student, will serve as Region 2 Director as well as the Chair of the state Breakthrough to Nursing Committee, while Ms. Deborah McLeod-Baumbach, also an Accelerated Prelicensure BSN student, will serve as Region 4 Director and Chair of the state Nominations & Elections Committee.  Further, Deborah presented a resolution regarding the need for web-based perioperative education.  The resolution, which advocates for the development of a web-based tool kit through which busy students may explore specialty areas of nursing, passed the House of Delegates with little debate.


In addition to the chapter's activities in the House of Delegates and seeking state office, the chapter submitted entries for several awards and scholarships and also raised club funds by operating the SNA Store on site.  Also, Dr. Linda Connelly, UNF SNA Advisor, represented the United States Army on the military nursing panel and presented a perioperative nursing workshop that was well attended and enjoyed help from several UNF School of Nursing alumni who traveled to convention to assist.  Though the chapter did not win any awards this year, the club's advisors and the School of Nursing are still extremely proud of the initiative undertaken and exhibited by our students from across many of the program's BSN cohorts!  


The chapter will be represented in Kansas City, MO next week at the National Student Nurse's Association's (NSNA) mid-year planning convention.  After mid-year, the chapter will attend NSNA's annual convention this coming April in Dallas, TX.

UNF Student Nurses' Association Bestowed Top Honors at National Student Convention

April 2, 2016

The university's chapter of the Student Nurses' Association (SNA) has once again received top honors and recognition for excellence from the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA).  In 2010-2011, the chapter was awarded the designation of Stellar Chapter by NSNA at the annual convention, and was the first in Florida to receive such recognition.  The chapter remains only one (1) of two (2) in the state with such honor.  The Stellar designation is in effect for a five-year period and may be renewed upon new application to NSNA at the end of that period.  In February 2016, the chapter, led by 1st Vice President Sean Virgle, submitted a renewal application and received word just ahead of this year's annual convention that the designation was renewed for five years.


Official recognition and award of the renewed Stellar Chapter status came at the NSNA's 64th Annual Convention (March 29-April 4, 2016) in Orlando, Florida at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.  The UNF chapter was represented by 27 student members, including NSNA's outgoing Imprint Editor and UNF RN-BSN Bridge student, Sabrina Lozier, and three (3) faculty/staff advisors for this event.  In addition to its submission for Stellar status, the chapter submitted four (4) national awards and received top honors for the Empowering Resolutions school/state award with its submission of "Advocating for Curricular Development through Education, Standardization, and Support" by chapter President, Dayna Cohen, and faculty advisor, Dr. Judy Comeaux.  Further, the chapter sat six (6) delegates and six (6) alternates for Florida in the NSNA House of Delegates, which presided over and voted on resolutions, bylaws, and the 2016-2017 NSNA Board of Directors election.  During the House of Delegates, UNF chapter members Alicia Klingensmith, BTN Committee Secretary, and Jared Fox, 2016-2017 chapter President, presented a resolution in support of increasing undergraduate education regarding the impact of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (HCAHPS) as it relates to patient satisfaction.  The House of Delegates, by majority rule, passed the resolution on March 31.  Convention attendees were also afforded the opportunity to engage in educational and enrichment seminars and lectures as well as connect with companies and schools through the exhibit hall.  Finally, the chapter participated further by presenting eight (8) posters ranging in topic from the AACN Student Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. to the chapter's recent international book project.