D&E nursing students attend Unity Day in Charleston

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College Associate Professor of Nursing Melissa McCoy and 40 second-year nursing students joined others in their profession to take part in the Nurse Unity Day Program on Feb. 26 in Charleston

The annual event at the state capitol building is designed to allow students to meet and network with stakeholders, including nurses, other nursing students and members of the West Virginia Nurses Association, to learn about current issues that affect nursing.

“This experience allows the students the opportunity to transfer knowledge from the classroom to the current political arena to voice concerns about topics that will impact health care and nursing practice,” McCoy says.

McCoy adds that Unity Day was of particular interest to the students because they are learning about current issues in nursing and political action in NURS 204A: Management of Care II class, which she co- teaches this semester.

Davis & Elkins students attending the event were: Jessica Ashley, of Weston, Kayla Barnes, of Hendricks, Cora Bush, of Buckhannon, Tiffany Carr, of Elkins, Suzanne Chenoweth, of Coalton, Summer Chestnut, of Marlinton, Kristen Clevenger, of Alum Bridge, Melissa Denise, of Montrose, Rene Denise, of Montrose, Benjamin Englekemier, of Huttonsville, Heather England, of Franklin, Cora Fry, of Beverly, Sabrina George, of Mabie, Elaina Godfrey, of Weston, Rebecca Gower, of Huttonsville, Beth Haddix, of Elkins, Kylie Hatfield, of Tonganoxie, Kan., Laura Howes, of Beverly, Katrina Kelley, of Helvetia, Kourtni Kimble, of Upper Tract, Ashleigh Lambert, of Bridgeport, Camille Ledden, of Hambleton, Halen Lockhead, of Missoula, Mony., Chelsea Long, of Philippi, Vanessa Malcolmb, of Buckeye, Sarah Marks, of Elkins, Katheryn Marsh, of Thomas, Sabrina Martin-Vernon, of Clarksburg, Julie Reed, of Rock Cave, Terri Rodeheaver, of Terra Alta, William Sauchuk, of Terra Alta, Heidi Schoonover, of Philippi, Lisa Simmons, of Elkins, Ariel Simons, of Elkins, Ashley Sjoman, of East Northport, N.Y., Margaret Stephens, of Bridgeport, Paige Sturm, of Belington, Chelsie Sutter, of Bowden, Julie White, of Mill Creek and Connie Yokum, of

Huttonsville.

The Davis & Elkins College Division of Nursing prepares students to function competently and safely at the beginning staff level position and provides the foundation for upward mobility into higher levels of nursing education. The associate of science degree in nursing curriculum combines selections from the liberal arts and related cognates with courses from the professional major. In addition, the concept of educational mobility is incorporated, allowing LPN students to enter the curriculum with advanced placement.

For more information, please visit the college website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.