Nine nursing students took part in the 2017 Annual Florida Nursing Students Association (FNSA) convention. The convention took the theme, “Building the Future of Nursing” as students had the opportunity to serve as delegates and make influential changes in various sectors of nursing.
Senior nursing student from Virginia, Abigail Klein, served as a delegate during the FSNA convention, which is one of the largest constituents of theNational Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). Delegates join together to discuss issues and resolutions throughout the profession of nursing.
PBA nursing students gain membership to the NSNA and the Nursing Christian Fellowship through their annual dues. Membership and involvement with these organizations are a good resume builder for students as they prepare to go on interviews following graduation.
Aside from the delegate meetings, Klein said she enjoyed hearing from the keynote speaker Marcus Engel, author and certified patient experience professional, as he influenced over 1,000 attendees’ outlook on helping patients.
“Marcus Engel reminded us that patients are not just another room number,” said Klein. “He really showed us that it’s the little things that count and to value them.”
Senior nursing student Marah Ghumrawi from West Palm Beach participated in the convention through breakout sessions and representing PBA at the School of Nursing booth. The breakout sessions assisted nursing students through various subjects including studying for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), performing electrocardiograms (EKG) and successful interviews.
“I really loved being able to get to know my classmates better and learning from students from different nursing schools,” said Ghumrawi, who plans to work in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) upon graduating.
“It is a real honor for our students to be represented at a convention like the FSNA,” said Bruce King, nursing coordinator for the graduate program.