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JMU Nursing Students Association Wins State Awards

JMU's Nursing Student Association (NSA) recently participated in the Virginia Student Nurse Association (VNSA) Convention in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Approximately 120 JMU students attended this event and JMU NSA won two awards there.  The first was the Breakthrough to Nursing (BTN) Award.  The goal of the BTN project is to encourage students to respect the differences and similarities of diverse people and to increase recruitment and retention of diverse people in the nursing profession.  JMU NSA won this award for their participation in Take a Look Day at JMU.  The second award won by the JMU NSA was for being the most active constituency (MAC).  This award demonstrates the dedication of our students in their community service projects throughout the academic year. 

In addition, eight JMU nursing students served as delegates at the convention:  Jessica Kleinhein, Stephanie Modena, Kelly McClure, Joe Wood, Stephanie Autry, Miriam Daoud, Alexa Greenstein and Christina Lepore.  Two junior nursing students won positions on the state VNSA board.  Joseph Wood won the the Public Relations Director position and Jacqueline Kirol is the new Torch (newsletter) editor.  (We also have two outgoing state board members - Ashley Bell and Emily Fritter).  Joseph and Jacqueline will be attending the upcoming National NSA convention in Salt Lake City in April.