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MSNA convention a huge success.

Student nurses from around the state met in Bozeman February 2-3 for the 2007 Montana Student Nurses Association convention. We are excited to report over 130 students attended the convention this year, nearly double the turnout at last year's convention!

This year's speakers gave presentations on a wide selection of nursing topics. Keynote speakers for this year were Montana Nurses' Association's (MNA) Dr. Barb Prescott and Linda Henderson. They shared the importance of being active in the process of shaping the future of the profession. They also provided insight about MNA's role in protecting and furthering the professional role of nurses. Jane Hron, from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, spoke about the psychological aspects of pain control. Christy Beals, from St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, provided her insight about the hiring process. Liz Lincoln spoke about informatics, and how new technology is being incorporated into the healthcare system. Sergeant Williams and Colonel Trombetta provided information on Air Force and Army nursing. Dr. Susan Luparell gave a personal and thoughtful talk about lessons she has learned in nursing and in life. In addition to the presentations, students had the option to attend an NCLEX review session led by Janice Hausauer.

Eleven vendors participated in the job fair, including representatives from many healthcare facilities throughout the state, as well as organizations from Idaho, Utah, and Minnesota. MSNA also had a booth at the fair, in order to provide information to nonmembers about the benefits of membership. Several new members were signed up over the course of the weekend!

Elections for state officers and board members were held, with the following results:

Michael McVeigh, President; Theresa Ehlert, Vice President; Andrea Zeleny, Secretary; Cheryl Allen, Treasurer; Christie Wilson, Legislative/Education Director; Elizabeth Mandell, Community Health Director; Adam Geiser, Membership Director; Mandi Nelson, Website/Newsletter Editor; and Nicole Yatsko, Breakthrough to Nursing Director. There are many new faces on the board for 2007-2008, and we are excited about the work to continue the growth and development of MSNA.

This year's convention was a huge success for the organization, thanks to the collaborative efforts of many of our members, as well as yours. On behalf of MSNA and the board of directors, I would like to say thanks to the Montana Nurses' Association for your continued support of nursing education in the state. Your excellence in leadership is a wonderful example for all of us.

Mandi Nelson, MSNA State Board Member, Website/Newsletter Editor
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Title Annotation:Student Corner; Montana Student Nurses Association
Author:Nelson, Mandi
Publication:The Pulse
Geographic Code:1U8MT
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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