Nursing students raise money for pinning ceremony

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Pre-nursing students are encouraged to join TNSA.

By Edith Moctezuma

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

This college’s chapter of the Texas Nursing Student Association will sponsor a fundraiser 8-11:30 a.m. March 31 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1 in the mall south of Loftin Student Center.

T-shirts will be for sale from $10-$15, and store-bought baked goods, such as cookies and nutrition bars, will be available by donation.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help pay for a pinning ceremony, a nursing school tradition in which students receive pins after completing requirements for the program, according to the college’s website.

Nursing pins are a badge nurses wear to identify the nursing school from which they graduated.

The fundraiser will be organized and run by the new officers of this college’s TNSA, Kalena Gutierrez, the incoming president of the association, said.

Gutierrez said the association has a new slate of nine officers because of vacancies left by previous officers graduating.

Other officers are Amera Baldwin, vice president; Shelby Blandford, secretary; Paul Thorson, treasurer; Heather Rockstroh, fundraising coordinator; Roxanne Bartlett, media coordinator; Briana Ervin, information/events coordinator; Melanie Rodriguez, volunteer coordinator; and Adelina Jimenez, membership coordinator.

TNSA promotes professionalism and leadership for students, representing nurses from across the state preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, according to the TNSA website at www.tnsa.org.

The association consists of students in the nursing program and pre-nursing students, who are taking prerequisites, Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez encourages pre-nursing students to join this association.

She said TNSA will open opportunities such as scholarships, create contacts with people in the medical field, help students make good impressions through volunteer work and enhance a résumé.

Members of TNSA also will be able to wear a gold cord at graduation after they accumulate 12 points from participating in events.

Each event is worth one point, Gutierrez said.

“It is an honor to wear,” Gutierrez said.

To become a TNSA member, students can go to the National Student Nurses Association website at www. nsna.org and join there.

Dues are $40 a year.

For more information, call Gutierrez at 210-313-4274.

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