Eight nursing students and three faculty members had the opportunity to attend the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) 63rd Annual Convention last month in Phoenix, Arizona. At the convention the BYU College of Nursing was recognized with the renewal of its Stellar School award. But that wasn’t the only award BYU and its students received! Jenna Bowles took first place in the NSNA/Nurse.com essay contest and David Adams successfully proposed a new resolution that NSNA has since adopted.
Recent graduate Jenna Bowles won for her essay on the importance of diversity and cultural awareness in healthcare and nursing. In her essay she discussed her experiences working with the veteran section of the clinical practicum for Public and Global Health nursing course. She talks about how important cultural awareness was throughout her experience and how understanding the veterans and their background allowed her and others to individually tailor treatment options to better fit each patient.
Here’s a portion of what Jenna wrote:
“To know them is to care for them better,” stated Professor Kent Blad as we began our Public and Global Health course. He continued on, “This will be our theme for the next couple months as we work with our veterans.” I was one of fifteen students who would spend a summer term working with the veteran population. Other students would be traveling to Ghana, Tonga, Taiwan, India, Finland, or Ecuador. Only a few groups would stay within the United States working with the veterans, Native Americans, refugees, and at-risk populations. At first I thought only those who traveled out of the country would have a true “global health” experience, but little did I know there was a whole culture waiting for me to discover within the veterans.
Look for Jenna’s full essay in an upcoming issue of NSNA’s Imprint magazine.
David Adams’ resolution dealt with type 2 diabetes prevention education in elementary schools. He contested that it is a preventable disease that elementary school programs could help to prevent. He cited educational programs from other countries that had been successful in helping children and families to modify their lifestyles and prevent diabetes.
After establishing these facts David asked NSNA to encourage individual members and nursing schools to support policies that allow for further education on the prevention of this disease in elementary schools. He also asked NSNA to encourage student nurses to develop these Type 2 diabetes prevention education programs in elementary schools. Lastly, he asked that the NSNA send a copy of his resolution to various associations having to deal with diabetes education, public health, and nursing. All of these resolutions passed.
See David’s (Resolution 28) and other resolutions from the convention at http://nsnaconvention.weebly.com/resolutions.html