News from Florida's Virginia College campuses

Jan 23, 2013

Members of the newly organized Virginia College Student Nurses Association (VCSNA) in Jacksonville recently represented their school at the annual Florida Student Nurses Association convention in Daytona Beach.

Associate Degree in Nursing Program Director Debra Palmieri, RN, MSN/MBA, reports that there were over 100 schools represented at the conference, with Virginia College in Jacksonville being the newest. Planning for the organization started last summer with just four students and two faculty advisors. VCSNA now has 24 members, one-third of the nursing student body. The professional organization helps prepare nursing students for duties they might encounter as nurses and other benefits such as networking, professional development and discounts on certification study materials and malpractice insurance.

Pictured above in first row, left to right: Karen Mackey (Chairperson for by-laws), April Jones (member), Tarah Wedderburn (Secretary), Lauren Spangler (Chairperson for Public Relations), Virginia Headley (Treasurer), and Lindsey Huntt (Committee Chairperson for Mentorship and Virginia College Student Delegate).

Pictured in second row: Jason Giecko (President), Terry Blackburn (Chairperson for Fundraising), and Tayo Ajayi (Vice-President).

Last month, Virginia College in Pensacola hosted a Shoebox Angel Tree to assist students with Christmas gifts for their children. Angels on the tree included anonymously marked information (gender, size, interests) about the children in need.

Students and staff selected angels, filled shoebox-sized packages with gifts and toys and placed them under the tree.

As a result of this effort, over 40 children received gifts. As one staffer commented, "To watch the unknowing parents receive their gifts of love was more than any of us could handle. It was overwhelming and wonderful to know that such a small gift could mean so much. And for our students to know that we care so much for them is priceless. It helps us to remember the true meaning of Christmas."