In 2019, 18 undergraduate Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP) members attended the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania annual convention held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The theme was “Progress through Planning: Building Our Future Together”, and attendees were challenged to pursue nursing innovation and strategic planning even as nursing students.
State convention is always the most unforgettable and exciting event of the fall semester for SNAP. In Lancaster, nursing students from across the state were able to meet each other and converse about their experiences at their respective schools. Attendees also had the chance to hear from inspiring nurse leaders who are representing nursing in a variety of capacities across the state and country. The Keynote Address was given by Kerri Scanlon, MSN, RN, FAAN, who is the current executive director of Glen Cove Hospital, a role she recently transitioned into after serving as the Deputy Chief Nurse Executive for Northwell Health.
In attendance this year were freshmen Samantha Caterson, Caroline Dillon, Claire Hennessey, John Palmer, and Tara Teipel; sophomores Isabel Buckingham, Charlotte Cecarelli, Damaris Chaidez, Angel Chan (Fundraising Chair), Mandy Chuang, Amanda Watson, and Xueting Wei; juniors Cassidy Gallagher (Treasurer), Jessica Kantra, and Julia Ann Kennedy (Secretary); and seniors Jessica Korducki (Vice President), Michelle Nigro (President), and Gabrielle Ramos (Peer Advising Chair). SNAP’s faculty advisor, Dr. Diane Spatz, also attended.