SCC Beatrice Campus Practical Nursing program students posing with the awards are, from left, Amanda Wolken, Lincoln; Tess Schumacher, Gordon; Dominique Jones, Kansas City, Mo.; Enid Lassley, Beatrice; and Allen Maatsch, Beatrice.
Southeast Community College’s
Beatrice Campus Student Licensed Practical Nurse Association recently was
presented the Student Organization Impact Award by the Licensed Practical
Nursing Association of Nebraska.
The award was presented at the
Oct. 17 luncheon of the LPNAN Convention. Dominique Jones, Level 2 class
president, and Tasha Traylor, Level I class treasurer, accepted the award.
The award goes to the student organization
which has demonstrated commitment to its field of study, participation in
community service projects, attendance at the state convention, fundraising,
and overall interaction between students in the program. This impact award
recognizes the student nursing organization that has succeeded in strengthening
the relationship between its program and community.
Karen Stevens, an instructor in
SCC’s Practical Nursing program in Beatrice and one of the organization’s
advisors, nominated the student organization for the award. Fellow Instructor
Pat Lorenz also serves as an advisor to the student organization.
At the time of the nomination the
organization had 66 student members. Forty-three attended the 2012 state
convention. Students were involved in numerous community service projects
throughout 2012, including taking blood pressures and administering
immunizations at various health promotion booths, providing blood pressure
screenings and oxygen saturation evaluations at SCC’s Open House booth, and donating
non-perishable food items to the Blue Rivers Food Pantry.
The organization also participated
in three fundraising events since the 2012 convention.
Stevens said the students
specialize in multiple project areas.
“With our food pantry and Head
Start here on campus it has been easy for our students to see how they can help
on a real local level,” Stevens said. “There is much need even in our own back
yards. This year students assisted with the growing need for additional help
for community members that normally would not use the food pantry but now need
to use it to supplement their households because of a decrease in employment. The
need for bottled water has also been an issue, not only with this food pantry
but with several around the state.”
The organization, in collaboration
with faculty, developed a big sis/little sis (brother) connection, which begins
the networking and friendships that help new students feel a part of the
organization. This program also teaches students about mentoring and positive role
modeling, Stevens said.
“As faculty, we see the
organization as a means to create professionalism and the importance of
collaboration and teamwork in nursing,” Stevens said. “The faculty tries to
instill the importance of networking with other nurses, and the organization
helps them feel comfortable in discussion with their fellow classmates about
health care topics. We, as faculty, feel it so important for students to see
what goes on after becoming a professional that we actually take a clinical for
students to attend the LPNAN Convention.”
The organization demonstrates
this, Stevens said, by having the most students from any practical nursing
program in Nebraska sacrificing a clinical day to attend one day of the
convention each year.
Stevens shared why she and Lorenz
believe the Beatrice LPNAN student organization stands out.
“The organization reflects the
intention that it is so important to instill the ideals of professionalism in a
student right from the beginning of their education,” Stevens said. “Ideals of
caring, dignity, advocacy, accountability, holism, and ethics play an intricate
role in day to day activities of nurses.”
Persons interested in more information about the
Practical Nursing program at SCC are asked to contact Crystal Higgins, Beatrice
Campus program chair, at 402-228-8264 or Mary Trumble, Lincoln Campus program
chair, at 402-437-2765.