LA JUNTA — A group of nursing students from Otero Junior College recently attended the Colorado Student Nurse Association (CSNA) Conference in Colorado Springs at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. While they were there they heard talks about how to become better nurses and how to help their communities more. They also learned some tips on how to better prepare themselves to begin their career as a registered nurse in the next year or two.
During the conference, three OJC student nurses were elected to CSNA state offices. The 2010-11 state officers from Otero Junior College are Sarah Ii, state treasurer; Kristina Robinson, state membership director south and Michel Ross legislative/education director. Over the next year, these students will participate in organizing and working with the different schools that are part of the CSNA.
During the convention Otero Junior College presented a resolution, read by Michel Ross. The resolution presented ways to help promote membership by nursing graduates to the American Nurses Association (ANA). The need for the resolution is due to declining nursing membership numbers.
According to Ross, “As of right now the nurse associations memberships are down to as low as 7 percent and we are looking for a way to improve that, possibly by encouraging more students to join while still in the nursing program and officially becoming a member right after getting their license.”
The resolution passed at the state convention and will be presenting at the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA) convention which is going to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Lori Rae Hamilton, faculty advisor for the OJC Student Nursing Organization, said that she is please with the participation over the past few years in CSNA by OJC nursing students.
“Our nursing students work hard and it is such an honor to have three Otero Junior College students as state officers. We had a great time at the convention and are looking forward to the CSNA spring convention that will be held at Regis University in Denver on March 5,” she said.