Historian Committee: Chair- Rachel Overkamp, President
“History is a record of exploded ideas.” – Admiral Fisher
It is important to maintain documentation of an association’s past to appreciate its growth and continuous success. Creating a scrapbook full of photos, subtitles, and creative decorations provides the SNA with chronological documentation that is forever shared by future SNA members. If you enjoy the art of taking pictures and crafting, then this is the committee for you! Each member will attend a maximum of 2 events and create 1 scrapbook page per event. SNA sponsored events will be counted for LIC points, and other volunteer hours completed will be counted toward Leadership U volunteering hours. Members will also meet as a committee twice a month to update our SNA bulletin board on the fourth floor in CHS, while also scrapbooking together. Creativity is key!
Fundraising Committee: Chair- Jenna La Peer, Vice President
The fundraising committee organizes events such as bake sales, raffles, and car washes to profit not only SNA but other organizations in the community as well. This committee will be responsible for collecting pop cans periodically throughout the semester in CHS. Fundraising also helps with the merchandise sales by sorting forms for ordering and organizing items when they are ready to pick up . This committee puts the FUN in fundraising!
Resolutions Committee: Chair- Kendall Murphy, Communications Director
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Resolutions are unique opportunities to improve and impact nursing. Our committee works to implement change for a decided issue or need in nursing. We research a chosen topic and write a formal proposal to be presented at the Michigan Nursing Students Association (MNSA) and National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) annual conventions. Through this process, we keep our practice as nurses moving forward and ever improving.
SNA’s 2013 Resolution is In Support of Implementing Holistic Health Programs for the Improvement of Student Nurses’ Health Lifestyles. Our hope is that within the Kirkhof College of Nursing, the State of Michigan, and student nurses across the nation, more student nurses will improve their health as well as the care provided to their patients by increasing self-efficacy for health through starting programs and activities to improve holistic health such as a student nurse support group or a student nurse running club.
Interested in improving your own health? Want to assist in planning programs for student nurses health improvement? Want to learn and participate in policy and proposal making at professional business meetings? This committee is for you!
Nursing in the News Committee: Chair- Janine Sulavik, Secretary
In order to expand the field of nursing, we must first take steps to inform others. The goal of this committee is to keep our organization and those interested up to date on the happenings in the nursing community. This committee is continuously working on getting SNA recognized through the SNA newsletter, GVSU’s Lanthorn, and other publications. Hopes for the upcoming semester are to get this committee recognized beyond paper by creating SNA broadcasting through media and video which will expand the audience that is informed about SNA events and activities.
Financial Committee: Chair- Lauren DeYoung, Treasurer
Do you want to have an active voice in the Student Nurses’ Association? Are you interested in changing the way this organization is run? Do you enjoy collaboration? This is the committee for you! YOU will be in charge of amending the Bylaws which govern our organization. Additionally, you will help determine how our funds are allocated. Lastly, we will be working closely with the Fundraising Committee throughout the semester.
Community Wellness Committe: Chair- Andrew Deschaine, Community Wellness Director
The Community Wellness Committee serves as a branch to provide opportunities for our organization to volunteer in the community. Is also serves as a way to network within the greater Grand Rapids area, which is important while looking for jobs post-graduation. Members of this committee are responsible for organizing and attending two volunteer events, made available to all KCON students. You may either find new volunteer opportunities for the general SNA membership, or work with one of the several organizations that SNA has already partnered with. As a committee member you may also be asked to help calculate the volunteer hours into LIC point spreadsheets at the end of the semester. The community wellness committee both broadens communication and nursing skills and is a ton of fun!
Student Assist Committee: Chair- Jamie Knapp, Curriculum Director
This committee is a great opportunity to assist yourself as well as the student body to prepare for a successful semester, The members of the Student Assist Committee will help their classmates by organizing and administering study resources in the form of practice exams, NCLEX reviews, practicum practice, and APA editing groups. This committee is continuously working on anticipating the needs of each nursing class and works to find new ways to meet those needs. If you want to make a difference in the lives around you now, this committee is for you.
Community Health Project Committee: Chair- Erin Craft-Otterbacher, Evaluations Director
Members of this committee are responsible for carrying out our community health initiatives and resolutions by hosting events that promote awareness and serve our community. The time commitment for this committee includes organizing and attending at least one of the CHP events. Members will receive a list of contacts and organizations that would like to be involved with KCON nursing students. This committee is a lot of fun and helps to put smiles on the faces of our community and maintain our dedication to our passed resolutions (both at the state and national level!). Get involved and do some good for your community!
Elderly Action Committee: Chair- Lisa Wilson, Membership Director
This committee seeks members that enjoy engaging with the elderly in our community. In semesters past, we have volunteered our time by organizing spa days. The spa days allow us to interact with the elderly population and brighten their days. This committee also seeks other ways to volunteer our time and those interested should have a passion to help the senior community. Those who have creative ideas in expanding our volunteerism with the elderly are wanted! If getting involved with this committee interests you, join!
Breakthrough to Nursing Committee (BTN):Chair- Nicole Teitsma, Image and BTN Director
Members of this committee strive to reach out to people through teaching them about the profession of nursing. Some events taking place this semester are the Girl Scout’s Explore Nursing Event and reading projects. If you want to inspire others to become nurses and represent nursing in a positive way, this is the committee is for you!