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National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Attended Leadership Conference in New York City

August 27, 2015

The Drexel chapter of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) took to New York City to attend the organization’s Summer Leadership Conference on July 21.

According to NSNA’s website, the Conference is held each year so that attendees can gain a better understanding of NSNA’s mission and programs; they can take back ideas to their organizations to create stronger school and state chapters; and to problem solve and share ideas.
Delancy McManus ‘16, president of Drexel NSNA, said, “We all had a wonderful time and enjoyed learning about all the benefits of being involved in nursing organizations!”

McManus, her classmates and fellow NSNA members each reflected on the invaluable experience. Highlights include:

Bridget Bonilla ‘16, said, “The conference was an eye-opener into how NSNA can contribute to my nursing career. The networking opportunities and professional relationships supply a great foundation to career building skills and endless opportunities. I am grateful to have gone on this trip with the Drexel NSNA group.”

Gia Severoni ’19, said, “It was great hearing NSNA staff speak about their experiences and how many different paths one can take in the nursing/ health care field. It is opportunities such as this one that set Drexel apart from other Nursing programs which was a large influence on my decision to attend here. My favorite part was speaking with an RN & Nurse Educator who gave us a tour of the NICU at Mt. Sinai Hospital!”

“Attending the NSNA Conference at Mount Sinai Hospital afforded me the opportunity to advance my leadership skills. I listened to speeches about how to become a leader and step-up in my community. In addition, I was able to tour Mount Sinai Hospital and make connections with nurse leaders. I also formed connections with nursing students from other schools. Many students at the conference are not yet part of NSNA. They were intrigued by Drexel's large number of attendees and showed interest in learning more about total school enrollment. I enjoyed speaking with these students and encouraging them to become members of NSNA. I felt proud to be a Drexel nursing student where opportunities are endless and students are well supported to attend NSNA events. Thank you for this opportunity,” said Michelle McKernan ‘17.

Anne Woolley ‘17, said “Having the opportunity to attend NSNA's Summer Leadership Course allowed me to better understand certain practices within NSNA including financial responsibilities and how certain committees are run. It was a long day jam packed with information and knowledge that will help me to excel in the nursing profession. As the NSNA Nominations and Election Committee Eastern Region and Chair, I was honored to be able to represent not only Drexel but also the state of Pennsylvania. I was able to introduce myself to Diane Mancino, the Executive Director of NSNA, and provide her with feedback from the day before touring Mount Sinai's NICU. Overall, I had a great experience and would recommend it for any student who is interested in becoming more involved as well as understanding the foundation principles of these organizations.”