The Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP)
sent twenty-seven nursing students to the 61st Annual Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania Convention (SNAP) at the Harrisburg Hilton which took place on November 21-22, 2013.
The twenty-seven students who attended the SNAP convention were as follows: nursing senior and SNAP President Lauren Johnson; nursing junior and SNAP Vice President Kerry Dolan; nursing junior and SNAP Secretary-Treasurer Carley Boyle; nursing juniors and SNAP Peer Advising Chairs Jennifer Toth and Sarah Voisine; nursing junior and SNAP PR chair Jillian Kaltman; nursing and healthcare management dual degree junior and SNAP Legislative Coordinator Helen Pun; nursing sophomore and SNAP Community Service Chair Gabi Fones; nursing sophomore and SNAP life-savers chair Shannon McCarthy; nursing sophomore and webmaster Andre Rosario, nursing seniors Jessica Yang and Kelly Chen, nursing juniors Lisa Seng, Matthew Lee, Samrina Danani and Iris Mayoral; nursing sophomores Elizabeth Broden and Linnea Phillips; and nursing freshmen Marcus Henderson, Allison Wallace, Clare Whitney, Kirsten Garza, Giulia Arostegui, Shaykhia Washington, Maggie Shotzbarger, Meredith Sheehan and Phoebe Hollyer. Dr. Diane Spatz, SNAP’s devoted faculty advisor, accompanied the students.
At the Annual Awards Banquet, members of Penn’s chapter of SNAP received special recognition. Nursing junior and SNAP Vice President Kerry Dolan was awarded an Upperclassman Scholarship sponsored by the Pennsylvania Student Nurses’ Association .This award is given to a distinguished nursing student who demonstrates outstanding achievement and commitment to nursing excellence, and excels in various aspects of nursing, including academics, personal and professional growth, leadership, and citizenship.
Nursing sophomore and SNAP Webmaster Andre Rosario was awarded the Jamey Thiel Miller Memorial Legislative Award. This award is given in memory of a former SNAP member who had a strong interest in government and public health issues related to nursing. The purpose of the award is to encourage, recognize, and honor a SNAP member for political awareness and participation in activities related to the political process.
Nursing freshman Marcus Henderson was awarded a special first year nursing scholarship for his achievements in scholarship, leadership and community service. This award is given to an outstanding first year nursing student who demonstrates the qualities of the next leader in nursing.
This year, three ambitious Penn students ran for state board positions. Linnea Phillips campaigned unopposed and became the new Secretary-Treasurer of the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania. Marcus Henderson was elected as the Central Philadelphia Regional Coordinator, and will work to build relationships between SNAP chapters in our region. Elizabeth Broden made Penn Nursing proud through her campaign for chair of the NEC East. All three candidates and their campaign managers did an outstanding job campaigning and networking with attendees.
This year, Penn Nursing was allotted five delegates to serve in the House of Delegates. Andre Rosario, Shannon McCarthy, Elizabeth Broden, Helen Pun and Marcus Henderson each represented Penn at the three business meetings where resolutions were presented. Andre Rosario presented and defended Penn’s resolution in support of promoting the integration of mental health into primary care. The resolution, written by SNAP legislative committee members Helen Pun, Andre Rosario, Samrina Danani, Matthew Lee and Lisa Seng, passed with unanimous support from the House of Delegates. In total, the House of Delegates passed 8 resolutions on issues ranging from increased support for siblings of pediatric cancer patients, to developing a more accurate method of measuring body fat than the Body Mass Index.