When the National Student Nurses Association Convention was held April 9-13, in Nashville, Tenn., the East Carolina University College of Nursing was hard to miss. More than 20 East Carolina Association of Nursing Students members attended the 62nd Annual event, with several of those presenting research posters or being honored as awardees.
ECANS President Rachel L’Esperance accepted the grand prize for NSNA’s InTouch contest at the event. ECANS won first place in the 2013-2014 membership recruitment contest by attracting 129 new NSNA members. In addition to sponsored prizes, the group received one trip to the convention, including airfare, accommodations and registration.
“I love helping others, and that’s why I want to be a nurse,” said L’Esperance, a senior nursing student. “I love helping others professionally as well and giving everyone an opportunity to know about our organization.”
ECNAS, the North Carolina Association of Nursing Students and the parent entity NSNA are pre-professional organizations meant to aid students’ entrance into the nursing profession by giving them access to resources such as networking and leadership opportunities.
Also honored at the convention was first-year nursing student Corrie Hansen. Hansen is recipient of the Thomas H. Edwards Memorial Endowed Scholarship, given by the National Student Nurses Association’s foundation. The $2,000 scholarship will help offset Hansen’s tuition costs.
Additionally, eight ECANS students presented two poster presentations at the conference. Kelsey Bergstedt, Sydney Howard, Corrie Hansen and ECU dental student Sarah Loren Moles presented “Oral Health: Interdisciplinary Approach to Community Health Education.” Aaron Seigh, Kristyn Ruitenberg, Kaitlin Meade and Miranda Brady presented “Dollars and Sense: The Journey to NSNA Chapter Success.”
Clinical Associate Professor Gina Woody and Clinical Assistant Professor Mark Hand, the group’s faculty advisers, also attended the conference. The convention featured keynote speakers, an exhibit hall and numerous networking events for the students as well as faculty in attendance.
(Pictured from left to right are: students and NSNA conference attendees Kelsey Bergstedt, Corrie Hansen and Rachel L’Esperance.)