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Students Meet With State Legislators

One hundred sixty-eight senior BSN students from the traditional and accelerated options and ten faculty members attended the MONA Nurse Advocacy Day Tuesday, March 7 at the Capital in Jefferson City.  Students and faculty worked across the curriculum to develop advocacy skills and identify evidence to support or oppose upcoming legislation. 

The BSN faculty curriculum committee made the commitment as a faculty to prepare and support nursing students in a nurse advocacy event during their time at the SSON. The students prepared for Nurse Advocacy Day for weeks prior to the event by identifying evidence to support or oppose the upcoming health care bills.

Some of the bills addressed specifically were the Emergency 911 Bill, a texting and driving bill, the MO Health Net Structure bill and the Narcotics Control Act. Advocacy Days was an opportunity for the students to share their evidence and participate in the process of the “big voice.” The students were asked to identify their senator or state representative. In preparation, they were asked to identify an upcoming bill and oppose or support it, identify two main benefits, provide evidence to support their position, discuss the population and request an action.

While visiting the capital, 35 students were waiting for Sen. Caleb Rowden to finish his appointment with newly-appointed University of Missouri System President Mu Choi. Both President Choi and Sen. Rowden met with students for 20-30 minutes.

Nursing Students Inducted into Mizzou ’39

Alyssa Goldberg, 8th semester nursing student, and Brittany Shollar, 7th semester nursing students were inducted into Mizzou ’39 February 27, 2017. Each year, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou ’39 Award to 39 outstanding seniors, who are chosen for their academic achievement, leadership and service to Mizzou and the community.

Alyssa is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and was 2016 Mizzou Homecoming Queen, Summer Welcome Leader and Student Coordinator and a member of the Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis Steering Commity. She is also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the Mizzou Women’s Club Lacrosse team and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society.

Brittany is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and is involved in many service organizations. She is the President of Best Buddies Mizzou, the External Chair of Relations for Tiger Buddies and a camp counselor for Camp Kesem, a recreational camp for kids of parents with cancer. She is also the Vice President of the University of Missouri Club Softball. She chose Gretchen Gregory, Instructor of Nursing, MS(N), RN as her mentor.

Congratulations to Alyssa and Brittany!

 

One Day to Make a Difference

Mark your calendar! The Mizzou family is coming together to make a difference like never before through the first-ever Mizzou Giving Day. From noon on March 15 to noon on March 16, support what you love about Mizzou and help us make our university a better place to learn and live.

You don’t have to wait to donate, though. You can give now to show your support for the Sinclair School of Nursing!

BSN Students Study in Costa Rica

Over the January intersession, 20 undergraduate nursing students from all three BSN options — traditional, accelerated and the RN-BSN programs — participated a study abroad trip to Monte Verde, Costa Rica. These students were completing their community health clinical hours, required for all BSN students. The group visited a health clinic, a nursing home, a hospital and students provided health education to older members of two rural communities. Along the way, they enjoyed the beautiful scenery and incredible food. Students spent ten days living with a family in the Monte Verde region and were immersed in the culture. While some students knew some Spanish before the trip, all arrived home with a more extensive Spanish vocabulary.