Wisconsin Student Nurses Association

WISCONSIN STUDENT NURSES ASSOCIATION

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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  

68th Annual WSNA Convention

Hello Future Nurses,

      This past year has been so busy! I have graduated nursing school in December, the holidays came and went and now it’s time to enter my next chapter.

       I was pleased by the turnout of the second annual College of Chapter Boards held at Edgewood College in Madison on October 8th.  This one day informative event gave the attendees a larger insight into what they can do to help grow their boards, as well as valuable information about our upcoming Annual Convention.  A huge thanks goes out to Edgewood College for hosting this successful event.  I would also like to thank Potbelly’s Sandwiches for providing lunch for the attendees as well as my entire Board of Directors for all the hard work they put into making this event great. 

       Speaking of convention… the 68th Annual WSNA Convention will be held from February 3-5th, 2017 at our NEW LOCATION the Wilderness Resorts and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.  There is so much interesting content we are planning for you and hope that you will come away from the Convention satisfied, relaxed and educated. 

      You can find convention information at WisconsinSNA.com. You are able to register right online! When you visit the website, visit the Convention section, and click on REGISTER NOW!.  It’s not too late! Registration is $75/members and $115/non-members, $65/advisors and $150/at the door for any attendees. NSNA members receive a $40 discount from Convention, so make sure to register there first and have your membership number ready when you register.  Also on our website, there is a School Chapter section where you can submit your events and have it added to our calendar.  You can also send in pictures that you may have taken, and we would love to display them as well.

            We are excited to announce Nurse Kelley Johnson who will be our Keynote speaker on Friday night. She will be available for pictures and autographs. She will also be participating in Nursing Olympics with us! Please join me in welcoming her!

       WSNA wants to be more involved in our individual school chapters.  If you would like to have a Board member make a field visit, there is a quick form on our website to do that.  We would love to be present at your events and will try to accommodate all your requests.

       I look forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Convention, and hopefully some of you are thinking about running for a Board of Director’s position.  Two days until convention!

Stay Warm!

Jessica Kitscha

WSNA President, 2016-2017

 

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

Register for Convention!

Dear Aspiring Nurses,

Can you believe the semester is almost over?  I hope it has been filled with personal growth, accomplishments, and memories for you.

On October 10th, College of Chapter Boards was held at Edgewood College.  Thank you to all who attended and made this annual event great.  I was especially thrilled to see so many attendees dressed up to participate in the 80’s theme.  This event brought SNA Chapter Boards from across the state together for a day of collaboration and education on how to make our SNA chapters the best they can be.  A special thank you to Edgewood College for accommodating us and allowing us to use their beautiful facility.  Also, a round of applause and thanks to the WSNA board who gave so much of their time into making this a successful event.

The 67th Annual Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Association Convention is just around the corner and I hope you are getting as excited as I am!  It will be held February 5-7, 2016 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.  As you may already know, the convention theme is Mental Health: You are the Voice.  Mental health is quickly growing to be a widely discussed topic in our society as it touches many of us. With that being said, we are hoping you will join us at convention, because together we can raise awareness, prevent stigmatism, and educate on this critical and prominent topic.

Please visit our website for further convention information including scholarship and award applications.  Be sure to take a look, fill them out, and bring them with you to convention. Included in this edition of the STAT is a convention registration form.  You may also register online at our website.  Convention T-Shirts with our convention slogan will be available to purchase upon registration.  Just a reminder that NSNA members will receive a $40 discount on convention registration.  Also, as convention approaches, I hope many of you will begin to consider running for a WSNA Board of Directors position.

Lastly, as we begin to prepare for the last few days of the semester, I want to wish you luck on your finals.  The holiday season is almost upon us and I hope it will be a restful and relaxing time for you spent with family and friends.

Finish strong and I will see you next year at convention!

Emilie Kreilkamp

WSNA President 2015-2016

3rd Annual College of Chapter Boards

I hope you all have transitioned well into your school year!

Just a reminder that the deadline for College of Chapter Boards is fast approaching! The deadline is this Saturday, September 26th. Your Regional Director should have emailed your SNA chapter the registration form. You may also register online. College of Chapter boards will be held at Edgewood College on October 10th at 10:00 AM. It is completely FREE so get your board together and come enjoy a fun day with us and other SNA boards across the state! We will host break out sessions, a yummy lunch from Potbelly's, and fun and exciting topics to help your SNA chapter grow. Not to mention, there will be door prizes and we will reveal our 2016 WSNA Convention theme!! Do not forget about this year's 80's theme including outfit contest prizes! 

Go register your board now! Please email your registration form to wisconsinsna@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

Emilie Kreilkamp

Relay for Life Event

In June, several WSNA board members came together at the Relay for Life in Wausau, WI to show our support for those whose lives have been touched by cancer. We participated in the survivor's tent by helping with registration, taking part in activities such as bingo, and walking in honor and memory of those who have battled cancer. Through the sunshine and the rain drops, we were able to bond as a board. It was a wonderful way to connect with the community. A special thank you to Kevin Cooper, Parliamentarian, for coordinating the event. Also, thank you to the members that were able to attend and take part in the event.

After the Relay for Life Event, the June Board of Directors meeting was held. At this meeting, the College of Chapter Boards' date was finalized. We are extremely excited to announce that the 2015 College of Chapter Boards will be held on Saturday, October 10th at 10:00AM at Edgewood College in Madison. This year, College of Chapter Boards will have an 80's theme for a fun twist. Stay tuned for more details and be sure to mark your calendar as well as share the date with your SNA chapter!

Emilie Kreilkamp

WSNA President 2015-16

Participating Board Members at the Relay for Life

Participating Board Members at the Relay for Life

Cassandra and Nicki helping with the registration

Cassandra and Nicki helping with the registration

  



Welcome

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 2015-16. I currently serve on my local chapter’s board at Concordia University of Wisconsin in Mequon and will graduate with my BSN in May, 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 2015. Please stay tuned as the date of this event will be revealed within the next few days. 

The 2016 WSNA Convention will be held at the Kalahari in the Wisconsin Dells on February 5-7. Please mark your calendars and I hope to see many of you there! As we begin to plan for the convention, let us know any ideas you may have.

As the new 2015-2016 Board of Directors, we wanted to participate in a summer event to bond as a group while joining in a community event. This weekend, the Board of Directors will be participating at the Relay for Life in Wausau, WI. We will be volunteering together to help celebrate and remember those who have fought and battled cancer. Please stay tuned for pictures and a event recap.

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 emilie.kreilkamp@cuw.edu.

Emilie Kreilkamp

WSNA President 2015-2016