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BSC Associate Degree Nursing Students Participate in WVNA "Unity Day" at State Capitol

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    Monday, February 27 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Seventy Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing students and several nursing faculty members attended the West Virginia Nurses Association's "Unity Day" at the State Capitol in Charleston in mid-February.

"Unity Day provides an opportunity to show our second-year nursing students the political influence they can have by promoting the work within their profession," observed Sandra Wynn, Director of the BSC Associate Nursing program. "Nursing is one of the most trusted professions in the nation, and policymakers rely upon nurses for their expertise when establishing policies that impact the health of their constituents. Our goal is for students to remain politically active for their entire careers."

The BSC students attended lectures on the Health Care Reform Act and on state and federal legislative processes. They also witnessed a national nursing agenda speech by Janelt Haebler, MSN, RN, Associate Director/State Government Affairs, American Nurses Association. State Senator Mark Wills recognized the BSC Nursing students during his remarks on the Senate floor at the start of the day's regular legislative session. In the students' meetings with state elected officials, they stressed that one in 43 West Virginians is a nurse.

Poster presenters were selected from each campus to promote the "Nurse's Role in Health Promotion and Prevention."

"A highlight of the day occurred when the 942 nurses in attendance, all of whom were wearing their white coats, marched from the Cultural Center to the Rotunda in a show of unity," Wynn continued. "The line spanned more than a block in length."