SFCC Student Nurse’s Association Wins Big at State Convention
Dr. Michele Heston, director, Nursing Education, and the SFCC Student Nurse’s Association (SNA) received top honors at the 2010 Florida Nursing Students Association (FNSA) convention, in Daytona Beach, Oct. 28-30. Thirty five nursing students represented SFCC at the annual convention which highlighted continuing education opportunities, guest speakers, and general information for nursing students from around the state.
The SFCC SNA won a variety of prestigious awards at the convention. SFCC garnered the chapter of the year award, which is based on points that are earned from different community service activities. Dr. Heston won the director of the year award. Heston said, “I am so honored to accept the director of the year award on behalf of our entire team at SFCC. We have an extremely supportive administration, foundation, faculty, staff, and most of all, amazing students. It is my privilege to serve them, our college, and our community. Congratulations are extended to Shelby Jones, second year nursing student, who is now the state president of the FNSA; Kathleen Cappo, club sponsor; faculty consultants Christine Greenwald and Dawn Pisarski; and the club officers.” SFCC also served as a host college for the convention, introducing guest speakers and managing a fundraising penny war table. During her campaign for president of FNSA, Jones said, “collaboration, not competition is the foundation on which FNSA stands.”
Prior to the convention, the FNSA issued a Florida Fit Nurse challenge for attendees to carry a pedometer and calculate the number of steps they took during a 28-day period. FNSA calculated that over 900 million steps were taken, with SFCC as the highest contributor. SFCC won an award for having five delegates credentialed as voting members of FNSA during the convention, the largest number for any college. Credentialed delegates are the only members of FNSA to vote on the organization’s issues. Amy Wuthrich, president of SFCC SNA, said, “The whole convention was full of notable achievements for our chapter. It was a great couple of days, and we did so well in everything.” Two SFCC students, Amy Wuthrich and Shelby Jones, also won $500 scholarships at convention. Scholarship applicants were required to submit an essay on leadership qualities and participation in professional organizations, and the winners were determined based on those topics.
For more information about the SFCC SNA, contact the SFCC Nursing Department at 863-784-7225.