I am currently the president of the Student Nurse Organization at Radford University. I have been involved in this organization since I was a freshman in school. My junior year, I served as the fundraising chair and designed, marketed, and sold our nursing t-shirts. When offered the position as president, I embraced the opportunity to hold this leadership position. During my tenure as president, the Student Nurse Organization has become actively involved in the community. SNO has participated in the following activities and events since my presidency:
September - December 2016
Mentor program—This semester we started a mentorship program where we had level one students sign up to be assigned an upper level nursing student mentor. We had twenty total mentors this semester and mentored forty level one nursing students throughout the semester to help with their transition into the program.
Braveheart 5k—We volunteered to help run Carilion’s annual Braveheart 5k in Bisset Park. We helped register runners, direct them during the run, pass out water and snacks, judge kilt costumes, and pass out awards.
Alumni Village—We decorated a booth at the Alumni Village, complete with a Bake Sale. We were able to foster connections with Radford Nursing Alumni during this event.
Radford women’s Shelter Donation—We donated baked good items to the Radford Women’s shelter.
School of Nursing Canned Food Drive—We collected over fifty canned food items to contribute to the School of Nursing Canned drive for the community.
Child Safety Day—Radford SNO volunteered at Child Safety Day hosted by Carilion and donated candy for level three nursing students to give out to children during their poster presentations.
Veteran’s Day Cards—We made and passed out over fifty Veteran’s Day cards at the Salem VAMC.
Good Samaritan Hospice Drive—We collected Twin XL bedsheets to donate to the Good Samaritan Hospice of the NRV. We also collected items to go into the bags that they give patients/families once they begin Hospice. The items included soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, stuffed animals, blankets, fuzzy socks, and chapstick.
Richmond Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center Toiletries—We collected small travel size toiletries to donate to the Richmond VAMC. In total we collected over 90 travel-sized items including deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, lotion, and chapstick. The facility currently only can offer most of these items to veterans if they are donated.
Winter Wonderland—We had a table at this event and allowed children to choose between creating a goody bag with Christmas pencils, erasers, candy, stickers, and stamps or selecting a small toy such as a coloring book with crayons, play dough, large coloring pads, or large sticker sheets that were donated solely by SNO members for this event.
Winter Wonderland Sponsorships—We were able to sponsor four children this year for Christmas. We were able to buy them clothes, remote control trucks, race tracks, Barbie dolls, puzzles, board games, and shoes.
January - May 2017
Butterflies for Bane-One of our officers' uncle is receiving his second stem cell transplant at VCU medical center, in conjunction with chemotherapy, in an attempt to treat his multiple myeloma. We colored and sent him butterflies (VCU's symbol for healing and change) with words of encouragement for him to decorate his room.
El Salvador Donations—Donations were collected for the VCOM and Radford trip to El Salvador. Donations included stickers and balloons for the children and fashion jewelry for the women of the villages.