New Leadership Revitalizes UM Chapter of the National Student Nurses’ Association

The UM chapter of the NSNA is thriving under new leadership its new leaders, judging by the span of events spearheaded by this dynamic organization in the Fall 2012 semester alone. The NSNA has organized lunchtime and evening lectures by experts on a variety of health-care related topics, raised funds through bake sales, gone door-to-door during the Florida Breast Health Initiative neighborhood outreach campaign, and marched in scrubs in the Homecoming Parade to show their nursing pride. All of these activities are open to and meant to benefit the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ student body as a whole. According to UM-NSNA Fall President Michelle Diaz, “I want to emphasize that UM-NSNA is an organization of students, for students, by students. While the Board members may serve as figureheads, we are a dynamic inclusive organization with each and every one of us contributing to the best of our ability. We welcome all students from freshmen through DNP(c) to join us, enrich us, and would very much like to equally engage the faculty, staff and alumni of our prestigious school to actively participate in the development of student nurses – the future of nursing leadership”.

NSNA activities are designed to expand students’ vision to highlight that nursing is multidimensional. It can be about the care of pediatric HIV populations in the U.S., or the psychological aspects of caring for people in Haiti traumatized by the earthquake, both topics that have been presented in the NSNA speaker series.

NSNA’s most recent activities include raising funds to support their activities through the NSNA T-shirt sale, which encourages all UM SONHS faculty, staff and partners, as well as students, to show their support by purchasing and wearing an NSNA shirt.. They also organized a non-perishable food collection drive at a local Winn Dixie, as well as a Thanksgiving Meal Bag drive at the School of Nursing, for Camillus House homeless shelter. In addition, UM NSNA coordinated its own comprised of students and faculty to serve meals on Thanksgiving Day at two community locations: 1) Camillus House and 2) First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables/South Florida Urban Ministries.

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