April 20, 2006
Morningside College junior nursing student Michael Gale from South Sioux City, Neb., attended the National Student Nurses Association’s (NSNA) 54th Annual Convention “Setting Sail for a World of Wellness” held April 5-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.
Gale (at right during 2006 Maud Adams Nursing Research Day) is a board member of the Iowa Student Nurses Association (ISNA) and serves as director of the group’s Breakthrough to Nursing (BTN) program, which organizes projects to recruit and retain the number of men and minorities into nursing programs through development of student-to-student mentoring programs.
“It was a great experience,” said Gale. “I was able to talk with the president of the American Nurses Association about the nursing shortage. I also had the chance to meet with the outgoing national director of the BTN program and discuss my ideas for developing a scholarship for men and minorities in nursing in Iowa.”
More than 3,500 nursing students from across the country gathered to attend educational programs on current trends and issues in nursing, participate in leadership and professional development activities, and hear speakers address the importance of incorporating wellness into patient care, self care, and career management. Participants were also able to network with students from around the country and visit with hundreds of exhibitors including representatives from hospitals, health care agencies, nursing schools, publishers, and others.
NSNA is a membership organization representing approximately 45,000 students in all levels of nursing degree and degree completion programs from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.