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Press Release for Monday, April 30, 2012

UNF Student Elected National Nursing Association President

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 





Joseph Potts, a junior in the Brooks College of Health’s Nursing Flagship Program at the University of North Florida, was recently elected president of the National Student Nurses Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students.  


Potts, a Southside resident, was elected NSNA president during the organization’s recent annual convention and assumed his new role when he was installed April 14 in Pittsburg, Pa. As NSNA president, he will serve as chair of the NSNA Executive Committee; member of the NSNA Finance Committee; member of the Council of State Presidents Planning Committee; and ex-officio member FNSNA Foundation Board of Trustees. 


“This is the second time that a UNF nursing student has held the position of National Student Nurses Association president,” said Dr. Li Loriz, director of the School of Nursing at UNF. “We are certain Joe will do a great job representing UNF at the national level. He has already displayed a great deal of leadership here at the University during the two semesters he has been in the program.” 


The NSNA Board of Directors will meet in New York City in June for an orientation and two-day meeting, where Potts will appoint the NSNA Resolutions Committee and the reporters for “Imprint, the association’s publication. He will also serve as ex-officio member of each of the NSNA program activity committees, including Breakthrough to Nursing Committee; Bylaws and Policies Committee; Community Health/Disaster Preparedness Committee; Convention and Program Planning Committee; Global Initiatives in Nursing Committee; Image of Nursing Committee; Legislation/Education Committee; and Membership Committee. 


Potts has served in various leadership roles on the UNF campus, including serving as immediate past vice president of the UNF Chapter of the Student Nurses Association and School of Nursing representative to the Brooks College of Health Interprofessional Student Council.  


NSNA’s mission is to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses and to convey the standards, ethics and skills students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession. The organization, founded in 1952, has more than 60,000 members in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.