Two Davis & Elkins College nursing faculty members and 23 second-year nursing students joined with hundreds of others in their profession to take part in the Nurse Unity Day Program on Feb. 13 in Charleston.
The annual event at the state Capitol 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. Among the issues discussed were safe staffing, school nurse positions in West Virginia schools and support of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners legislation.
"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," said Melissa McCoy, D&E associate professor of nursing. "While we were participating in WV Nurse Unity Day, the students were invited to stand on the floor of the galleries as Feb. 13, 2013, was declared West Virginia Nurses Unity Day. We were honored to be part of this."
McCoy added Unity Day was of particular interest to the students because they are learning about current issues in nursing and political action in their nursing Management of Care II class, which she instructs this semester.
Students also met with Delegate Denise Campbell, D-Randolph, who is a nurse and an alumna of D&E, and former Delegate Barbara "Bobbie" Hatfield, a nurse from South Charleston.
McCoy and Assistant Professor of Nursing Karen Seel accompanied the following students: Kristina Bikoulova, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Cassie Wallace, of Belington and Elkins; Gina Nolte, of Buckhannon; Becca Marsh, of Buckhannon and Cass; Whitney Sharp, of Valley Head; Natalie Kniffen, of Elkins; Samantha Howell, of Belington; Lynette Cross, of Elkins; Bevin Hull, of Parsons; Sabrina Payne, of Volga; Carrie Ogden-Bonner, of Bowden; Cheryl Gragg, of Elkins; Andrey Popov, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Robin Stillwater, of Bowerston, Ohio; Brandon McCrobie, of Rowlesburg; Christina Harlan, of Elkins and Tunnelton; Kim Coleman, of Green Bank; Anna Tavolacci, of Elkins; Mari Sours, of Luray, Va.; Lila Sharpes, of Salem; James Fortney, of Beverly; and Nic Chewning, of Elkins and Mabie.
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