Student Nursing Association Wins BIG at 2016 Convention
The HFC Student Nursing Association (SNA) won numerous awards at the 2016 Michigan Nursing Student Association (MNSA) Annual Convention Jan. 29-30 in Ann Arbor.
Faculty and students involved with the HFC SNA won the following awards:
- Distinguished Faculty Award: Peggy Kearney;
- Outstanding Board Member Award: Alexandra Sciacca;
- Community Service Award: HFC SNA;
- Fundraising Award: HFC SNA;
- Scrapbooking Award: HFC SNA;
- Future Florence Nightingale Award ($500 Scholarship): Evan Hazzard; and
- Convention Theme Scholarship ($500 Scholarship): Alexandra Sciacca.
In addition to these awards, HFC nursing student Anngilyn Dombrowski earned election to the MNSA Board of Directors.
“It was overwhelming to receive so much attention and so many awards for this hardworking group of students – just wonderful that all their hard work was recognized. There are three faculty advisors for our chapter of the SNA: Joan Cullen, Cathy Gangarossa and myself. I know that I can speak for the three of us and say that it is an honor and a privilege to work with such a wonderful group of student leaders and to be involved with the future of nursing,” said Kearney, an HFC Nursing instructor.
One of the highlights of the MNSA Annual Convention was Kelley Johnson – better known as Miss Colorado 2015 who gave the keynote address called “Nurses: Many Roles, One Profession.” A registered nrse (RN), Johnson was the valedictorian of the nursing class at Grand View University (GVU) in Des Moines, Ia., where she graduated with her undergraduate degree in Nursing in 2015. Additionally, she completed coursework at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo.
Johnson is best known for her monologue about nursing during the talent portion of the Miss America 2016 competition last September. Her monologue went viral after Joy Behar of “The View” asked, “Why does she need a doctor’s stethoscope anyway?” This caused an uproar on social media among nurses and their supporters on what the role of a nurse is.
“I am so proud of the accomplishments of the students and faculty in the SNA. They are deeply committed to the community and the profession, and are so deserving of the recognition they received,” said Susan Shunkwiler, HFC associate dean of the Health Sciences Division.