NSC’s National Student Nursing Association Hosts Life as a Nurse: The Untold Stories Lecture Series

By Mandi Enger
NSC’s chapter of the National Student Nursing Association (NSNA) held the organization’s second presentation in the Life as a Nurse: The Untold Stories lecture series on February 27, 2012, along with guest speaker and NSC faculty member, Dr. Sherri Coffman. The ongoing series was developed by the pre-professional student organization in efforts to bridge the gap between students and nursing faculty.
We often forget that our professors are more than classroom instructors. They have had years of hands-on experience working in various hospitals and clinics, said NSNA’s President, Jennifer Scott. Their unique stories and insight from the field are an invaluable resource that can help us grow and prepare for real life experiences in our own careers.
Attendees at the Tuesday evening event included both nursing and pre-nursing students that were eager to hear from Dr. Coffman. The group’s attention was immediately captured as she stepped to the front of the room dressed in the pink and white nursing uniform that she wore throughout her last three years of nursing school in the late 60s.
During her presentation entitled, Lessons I Learned in Nursing School, Dr. Coffman shared inspirational stories and practical tips from her clinical trainings as an undergraduate nursing student. Of the eight tips presented, one stood out to the audience: Don’t leave your scissors on the bed. Dr. Coffman spoke of an incident during her college training when an instrument was left behind after working with a patient in isolation. After realizing the error, Dr. Coffman set out to make safety a personal priority moving forward. Dr. Coffman challenged NSNA students to become advocates for patient’s safety by forming strong safety skills that will become long-lasting habits.
It’s important for students to know that our faculty members have all been in their shoes and have likely made similar mistakes, said Dr. Coffman. Perhaps our students will create a list of their own lessons learned during their trainings at NSC that can be shared with future generations of nurses.
Dr. Coffman has been a registered nurse for over 40 years, has been educating nurses for over 30 years and helped found Nevada State College in 2002. Dr. Coffman’s written work has been published in an array of textbooks and medical journals since 1968. Other accomplishments of Coffman include the development and management of various support groups for patients and family members affected by medical conditions including spina bifida and diabetes.
The NSC chapter of the National Student Nursing Association is dedicated to assisting in the development of skilled and ethical members of the nursing profession. The group is overseen by faculty advisor; Susan Growe, RN, and is open to pre-nursing and nursing students in all tracks.
The NSNA will be welcoming Dean Shirlee Snyder as the next guest speaker in the Life of a Nurse: The Untold Stories series. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. in BWI, room 101. For more information on NSNA or for application details, please contact Susan at Susan.Growe@nsc.edu.

The Student Academic Center Presents The Tutoring Squad

Many bulletin boards around the Nevada State College campus can be found with casually posted flyers and images that catch the occasional wandering student’s eye. However, one particular bulletin board at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Building captivates, and students as well as faculty pause to see what the commotion is all about. In front of the Student Academic Center, at LAS 125, a theme-customized bulletin board is devised at the start of every new semester on behalf of the tutoring staff. The board is eye-grabbing and geared to put the e for exciting in education. The SAC board, as it has been dubbed, serves to entice students to enter the Student Academic Center to take advantage of the range of academic resources available and take part in a unique interactive experience. Besides encouraging students to seek tutoring, the board introduces the close-knit staff to students in hopes they will feel more inclined to receive academic assistance once they realize the friendly nature of the center. The board creatively emphasizes the diverse group of tutors and staff that work in the center, who work together on brainstorming positive themes to motivate students to enter and embrace exemplary assistance the tutoring center offers.
The tutors, coordinators, and especially the director become tactful strategists in determining the next grand scheme to represent the Student Academic Center’s dedication to enhancing learning. They initially gather in a group to discuss potential themes that would deliver a friendly environment and sense of community to any student, while at the same time sending a sting- inspiring in Scorpions a need to succeed. Like a large homecoming banner, the board welcomes incoming students to learn what the SAC is about, and expresses the idea that tutors are fellow peers as well. Therefore, the board acknowledges goals for both student and tutor. This semester, the board’s theme reads The Tutoring Squad which transforms the SAC staff into superheroes seeking to assist students in need, one tutoring session at a time. Bold comic words and biographies send the message, Come meet the team! telling students to build fruitful relationships with the supportive SAC staff. This semester’s board also speaks for the SAC personally, due to superhero characters chosen by each staff member suggesting something special about each personality in a fun, intriguing way. Indeed, the board becomes reflective of the staff’s qualities and consistently announces a vivid representation of student culture at NSC. While the tutors are busy assisting students in need this spring semester, the SAC staff anxiously awaits creating the next SAC board, where a new theme represents new goals and another level of combined creativity.
Students may contact the Student Academic Center for academic assistance by visiting LAS room 125, by calling 702.992.2990 or by email nsc.sac@nsc.edu.