Student nursing club seeks ways to help
By Julie Newell
COVID-19 continues to cause chaos and people are doing all that they can to stay safe. One club at LCC is doing more than just staying safe. It is actively seeking ways to help amid this pandemic: the Student Nurses Association.
“SNA is a group of nursing students dedicated to serving fellow students, LCC and our community through acts of service and charitable donations,” Club President Hannah Detwiler said. “We aim to foster a community of future nurses built on a foundation of inclusivity, generosity, and support for one another.”
Before the pandemic, the SNA participated in several community service activities.
“For me the best part (of the SNA) has been community service,” Detwiler said. “Pre-COVID-19, that meant blood drives, Valentine’s cards for pediatric patients, volunteer opportunities, and last fall we were able to make a $500 donation to the Cristo Rey Community Center!”
Due to COVID-19, the SNA now meets bi-weekly via WebEx.
“COVID-19 has really altered all aspects of life and we’ve tried to adapt to these changes,” Detwiler said. “Currently, we have discussions about running events, mental health – including stress reduction and coping with the changes we’ve all experienced in 2020 – and we offer a safe space to discuss the challenges of the nursing program itself and any life issues going on with students. Currently our focus is engaging with members and offering a support system.”
The SNA recently held several events such has a T-shirt sale, a pantry sale and a second mileage competition via the SNA’s Facebook group.
According to Detwiler, the SNA also recently launched a new Mentor/Mentee program for members.
All students are welcome to join the SNA and those interested in the nursing field are encouraged to join.
There is a $12 fee to join. For fourth level nursing students, the fee is $6.
“We encourage all students to do what they can with COVID-19 to serve our community,” Detwiler said. “There’s always a shortage of blood and plasma, and donation sites can be found on the Red Cross and Versiti websites.”