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Press Release for Thursday, May 1, 2014

UNF Student Elected National Nursing Association President

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Kelly Hunt, 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. This is the third time a UNF student has held this national nursing leadership role.

Hunt, a former president of the International Honor Society, was elected NSNA president during the organization’s recent annual convention and assumed her new role when she was installed April 12 in Nashville, Tenn. The theme of her presidential campaign was “Servant Leadership.” As NSNA president, she 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 as an ex-officio member of the FNSNA Foundation Board of Trustees.

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

Loriz provided tremendous support to Hunt when she initially contemplated running for the national presidency. “I have always looked up to Dr. Loriz. She is a great role model and leader. We both participated in a nursing study abroad trip to Thailand this past December. I am very lucky to have her as a director and a role model,” said Hunt.

The NSNA Board of Directors will meet in New York City in May for an orientation and four-day meeting, where Hunt will appoint the NSNA Resolutions Committee and the reporters for “Imprint,” the association’s publication. She will also serve as an ex-officio member of each of the NSNA program activity committees, including the 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. Hunt will then travel to Washington D.C. in June to attend the American Nurses Association Meeting.

Hunt has served in various leadership roles on the UNF campus, including serving as immediate past first vice president of the UNF Chapter of the Student Nurses Association and School of Nursing student representative to the Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee. Prior to entering the School of Nursing, Hunt was a manager and corporate trainer for Starbucks Coffee Company for almost 10 years.

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.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.