College of Chapter Boards 2018

College of Chapter Boards had a great turn out this year with a total of 53 students and advisors that attended. Students involved with their Student Nursing Association's Eboards came to Oshkosh Wi to collaborate and share ideas with one another. It was a great opportunity to network with other nursing students around Wisconsin and learn what other schools are doing with their Student Nursing Associations. The nursing students helped to create twenty capes for "Capes for Hope" which donates the warm, blanket capes to children in the hospital. Overall this was a great two-day event and hopefully more students attend in the future! 

Aliece Kerscher, WSNA President

Message from the New WSNA President: Aliece Kerscher

Dear Wisconsin Student Nursing Association,

My name is Aliece Kerscher and it is my pleasure to introduce myself as the 2017-2018 president. I am currently on the board at Marian University Wisconsin and have been involved with the communi- ty service chairmen of my board for the last few years. Being involved with SNA and WSNA has been a blessing and a great learning experience.

I look forward to learning more about you all and growing even more this year. It is my goal for all of us to grow individually and as a team through academics, and being involved through WSNA. WSNA offers opportunities that allow you to expand your horizons; not only for your own personal growth, but to aid your schools’ ability to pave the way for new incoming students. I am very excited to be your president, and I am looking for many ways to make our organization be the best that it can be.

I will not be attending the National Student Nursing Convention in Nashville, however I look forward to hearing about the information that some of our peers will gain and bring forth new ideas to our WSNA.

Here are a few reminders for upcoming events this year. We will be having our Annual College of Chapter Boards meeting in the fall of 2018. This is a great opportunity for your SNA officers and ad- visors to bring new ideas to the table and share your chapter’s involvement in activities. In return, your school will come away with many new ideas to help expand your local chapter. This is a great event and we encourage every school to attend. We also have our Annual Student Nursing Convention for 2019. It will be at the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells on February 1st- 3rd. The 69th convention was a great success. We had record-breaking numbers for both attendees and vendors. We would like to thank you for making it a wonderful, fun filled weekend. I look forward to another successful convention at the dells!

I am also excited for the people who are on the Board of Directors this year! We have a few returning board members and many new comers as well. Make sure you read up on each person who is on our board and get to know them all a little better. Also, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if you have questions or concerns. We are all more than willing to help in any way we can. My contact information is aakerscher13@marianuniversity.edu (920)-676-9550. Please contact me any time. Thank you and I look forward to a great year.

Aliece Kerscher
WSNA President 2018-2019

Message from Outgoing President: Megan Zusy

Dear Wisconsin Student Nurses Association,

This has truly been an honor serving as your Wisconsin Student Nurses Association President. It has been a whirlwind of a year but I can say that it has been filled with a few struggles and bumps in the road but a whole lot of fun, laughter and joy! This has been such and incredible year! We have done some amazing things!

The WSNA board did an exceptional job starting out with what will hopefully be a new trend in the fu- ture, with having an overnight board bonding for our 5th annual College of Chapter Boards meeting. We moved locations and this year and the event was held at UW Oshkosh! A BIG shout out to their support throughout the weekend. It really was a great weekend with a scavenger hunt, movie and other fun events in addition to the networking and round table discussions that happened. We hope that all of the SNA's that were present got a lot out of this wonderful night of bonding, learning and growing together not only has a school but as a state!

Our next big event this year was the 69th annual Convention at the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. We have never had a better convention! We continue to expand this event and the opportunities that we provide to you each and every year. We had record breaking numbers for both the students in attendance, in addition to the vendors that we invited for your networking opportunities! We thank you for your support and for coming to attend this wonderful event!

In a few days, 5 of the WSNA board members and I will be heading to Nashville Tennessee to represent Wisconsin at the National Student Nurses Association Convention! This is a fabulous opportunity and I am so excited to share this opportunity with them! I attended last year and it was amazing to see so many student nurses gathered from all over the county to represent nursing! The networking opportuni- ties are truly invaluable and I encourage you to attend in the following years if possible!

I would like to thank you all for this opportunity that you provided me with as being your president! I am truly blessed and thankful for everything that happened this year! I first of all need to thank the advi- sors who have helped me this year! They have supported me and helped me with so many things! I would also like to do a shout out to the other board members who I had the pleasure of leading and help- ing them to grow as well! I would not have been able to this without their support!
"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." --Ronald Reagan

Finally, I want to thank you for your continued support of the WSNA. I want to strongly encourage you all to continue to pursue your calling of this great profession of nursing! We are the leaders of the next generation and the future of nursing!

Blessings, Megan Zusy

Message from Incoming President Megan Zusy

August 31st, 2017

Hello everyone!  My name is Megan Zusy, I wanted to introduce you myself. I am so excited to be your current president of WSNA. I am currently a senior at Concordia University and I hope, God willing, will graduate in May of 2018. Last year I was the executive president of WSNA and helped to put on and run our annual convention. It was a great success and wonderful experience!  I am looking forward to what this year has in store for us all!

I hope you all enjoyed your summer. I had a wonderful summer, lots of traveling and enjoying the time off before starting school again. I hope that you are all well rested and excited to continue your education and pursuit of becoming a registered nurse. I know that I am for sure! I am so excited about this school year and what it is going to come! There are so many new and exciting things happening this year. 

Our annual college of chapter board event is changing a bit. This year it will be held at UW Oshkosh for an over night board bonding experience. We want this to be a fun and exciting event! That will be on October 13th-14th. We have many fun things planned and we are excited for all of you to come and attend! Our goals this year is to increase the number of schools that attend so it benefits everyone more! This is such a great opportunity of networking with other schools, we highly encourage you to come. Every year we hear what a great resources this was and the number of ideas that were brought home to schools. Our goals is to make each school nursing association as efficient and well run as possible and by talking with other schools and bouncing ideas off of one another it has proven in the past to be a great success. I hope to see you all there and am looking forward to meeting everyone!  

Please know that I want to help each and every one of you achieve your dreams and if there is anything I can do, do not hesitate to contact me. I am reachable through our WSNA email at wisconsinsna@gmail.com  

Message from the WSNA President: Jessica Kitscha


Dear WSNA Members and Advisors,  


I am honored and grateful for this opportunity to serve as your President of the Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Association for 2016-17. I currently serve as President on one of my local chapter’s board at Alverno College in Milwaukee and will graduate with my BSN in December, 2016. Serving on my local SNA board has helped me grow personally and professionally. It has given me opportunities to serve not only my fellow nursing students, but the community as well. Volunteering in the area communities has been humbling and provided me with experiences I will take with me as I continue my journey through nursing school and beyond. I am eager to lead at the state level and share my passion for nursing as we grow together as future Registered Nurses.    
This upcoming year we will have our Annual College of Chapter Boards in the fall of 2016. This is a chance for your school’s SNA Officers and Advisors to come together to gather information that will help you grow your chapters. Included will be information about getting membership, fundraising, service projects, and more!  We will also have information about scholarships and awards available at convention, how to run for the WSNA Board of Directors, and of course, information about Convention 2017 being held in February at the Wilderness Resort and Convention Center from February 3-5, 2017.  At this meeting, we will unveil this year’s project theme and some exciting changes and improvements to convention, based on your ideas!  We will also once again have a vast array of speakers and a large exhibit hall, not to mention the fun you will have after the day’s activities when we set you free to have fun at the water park!      
Also, included in this edition of the STAT, is the introduction to the Board of Directors. These are all nursing students, like you. I highly encourage you to reach out to these students for assistance. They have a wealth of knowledge that can assist your SNA, as well as assist you in your journey through nursing school. It is my goal, to make each and every one of your chapters the best it can be, so that we as a state can be the best we can be!  
If there is anything that I can do to help you throughout the year or if you have questions, comments, concerns, or ideas please feel free to contact and share them with me at kitschja@alverno.edu.

  
Thank you and I look forward to a successful year working with all of you.  
Jessica Kitscha WSNA President 2016-2017

Message from Outgoing WSNA President

Dear Wisconsin Student Nurses Association,

It has been an incredible honor serving you as your Wisconsin Student Nurses Association President this past year.  Thanks to all of you, it has been an incredible year!  Let’s take a look at the WSNA’s events this past year…

The WSNA Board of Directors volunteered and participated at the Relay for Life Event in Wausau early June.  We were able to get to know one another while joining forces to honor and remember those who have battled cancer. 

On October 10th, the 3rd Annual College of Chapter Boards at Edgewood College.  Chapter SNA boards joined the State Board for a day of learning and growing together.  There were roundtable discussions, presentations, and networking to work together so that we can continue to strive to be the best boards we can be.  This year, we had an 80’s theme including a costume contest to add to the fun.

This past February, the 67th Annual Wisconsin Student Nurses Association Convention was held at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.  The theme was Mental Health: You are the Voice.  It was a weekend dedicated to mental health, raising awareness, decreasing stigma, and honoring and remembering those effected by mental illness.  I am happy to announce that this year we had a record attendance of about 325 student nurses and advisors.  Thank you to all who attended! 

I recently attended the National Student Nurses Association Convention in Orlando, Florida.  This was an incredible experience and was attended by 3,400 nursing students and advisors from across the nation.  The convention provides opportunities to network with other nursing students, schools, and hospitals from many different states.  Being surrounded by such passionate and future leaders was truly an experience I will never forget.  I encourage all of you to consider attending next year’s convention in Texas.

I would like to thank the remarkable Board of Directors and advisors I have had the pleasure of working with this past year.  Their ideas, passion, and leadership have made this year outstanding and it could not have been possible without each and every one of you.  I have been blessed to get to know all of you.  This has been such an invaluable experience and I will carry these memories with me for the rest of my life.  

Lastly, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of the WSNA.  I encourage you to continue on as leaders because we are the future of nursing.  I wish you all of the best in your nursing journey, especially to those graduating in a few weeks. 

Best, 

Emilie Kreilkamp

WSNA President 2015-16