April 13, 2007

VUSN students take part in Legislative Summit

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VUSN students turned out in force for the Tennessee Nurses Association’s recent Legislative Summit. (photo by Susan Urmy)

VUSN students take part in Legislative Summit

Vanderbilt nursing students let their voices be heard during the annual Tennessee Nurses Association's (TNA) Legislative Summit last week.

More than 800 nursing students from 17 schools across the state convened to discuss important topics facing the nursing profession in Tennessee.

“Today is about the voices of nursing, and our priorities are many,” said Sharon Adkins, M.S.N., R.N., TNA's executive director, in her opening remarks.

Windle Morgan, a student in the psychiatric/mental health program, represented the School of Nursing during the official roll call. With 130 students in attendance, Vanderbilt had one of the largest contingencies at the event.

Courtney Hines represented the five students enrolled in the VUSN partnership with Fisk University that allows students to take two years worth of VUSN courses toward a B.S.N. awarded by Fisk.

Krystal Lynch represented the students participating in partnership with David Lipscomb and VUSN.

Betsy Kennedy, M.S.N., instructor in Nursing, organizes Vanderbilt's participation in the event each year, encouraging students to learn about the legislative process and to get involved. Part of the follow-up is a letter-writing campaign from students to state legislators.