INA, Ill. (April 22, 2014) – The newly-created Rend Lake College Student Nurses Association (RLC-SNA) is looking for their first acting officers to begin next fall. Thanks to support from the South Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (SCI-AHEC) and a grant, faculty advisors are hoping to see the club start-off on the right foot with good leadership.
RLC-SNA is open to all students who are currently enrolled in the Practical Nurse Certificate or an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing, or any other students who are considering nursing as their major area of concentration. Student members are encouraged to run for the following seats: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and newsletter editor.
As president, the student will have a number of responsibilities, including presiding at meetings, enforcing order at meetings, preparing agendas for meetings, conducting elections, serving as a mentor for the president-elect, calling special meetings, and bringing decisions made by committees to the association.
The vice president will share some responsibilities with the president, including presiding at meetings when the president is gone. This student will also serve as ex-officio member of all committees and submit information for the campus newspaper.
The secretary will handle all correspondence for the RLC-SNA, plus keep minutes at meetings, post minutes on the nursing bulletin board, and maintain current membership records.
As the treasurer, the student will manage the club’s finances and maintain accurate records. They will also be responsible for providing monthly verbal treasury reports at meetings.
Finally, the newsletter editor will keep the bulletin board updated, prepare the newsletter for distribution, and submit articles to various locations when appropriate.
Nursing Instructor Melisa Berendson, one of RLC-SNA’s advisors, said the club will participate in a number of campus and local activities to help students involved network and get some first-hand experience with the help of energetic officers. Other events will include professional speakers attending meetings and political involvement on the state level.
“Benefits of the club include mentoring and encouragement while being involved in service and health-related activities on campus and in the local community. The hope is to aid in the development of the individual student as a future member of the nursing profession,” she said.
Eventually, Berendson said she hopes the club will become part of the National Student Nurse Association, a club that mentors the professional development of future registered nurses and facilitates their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance.
“We hope to take part in several fundraising activities throughout the year in order to fund a scholarship, attend conferences, and participate in legislative activities in Springfield,” she added.
The first elections will be held before June classes end. Nominations can be made in person at the first meeting, which will be coming soon. RLC-SNA will meet once a month from September through May, starting in the fall.
Berendson added the club’s formation would not have been possible without the help of SCI-AHEC and the 2014 Health Career Club Training and Sponsorship Award. The $1,250 grant will help with start-up costs.
SCI-AHEC Director Kelli Stover said the award is to help with two of the goals of SCI-AHEC: to provide service in training and to encourage interest in healthcare careers.
“Health professions clubs enrich and enhance college curriculum for students and SCI-AHEC can assist by helping to cover some of the expenses incurred,” said Stover. “It is our mission to inspire, train, recruit, and retain health professionals in rural communities, where the need is greatest.”
Some of the goals of RLC-SNA include assuming responsibility for contributing to nursing education; providing programs representative of fundamental interests and concerns to students; encouraging participation in community affairs and activities; representing nursing students to consumers, institutions, and other organizations; providing networking opportunities; and many more.