Mercy College Student Resolutions Approved and Adopted at National Student Nurses Association Convention

Four members of the Mercy College Association of Nursing Students (MCANS) developed and presented two resolutions submitted for consideration to the 2013 National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Convention this spring in North Carolina; both of which were approved and adopted by the 2013 NSNA House of Delegates.

The first of the nationally-supported resolutions was originally developed by MCANS, submitted and approved by the Iowa Association of Nursing Students (IANS), and selected by IANS to be the only representative resolution for the state of Iowa. This resolution focused on the “Education and Increasing awareness of pain assessment in older adults with cognitive impairment.”

The second resolution, represented by MCANS focused on the need to increase outreach and recruitment of ethnic minority students into nursing schools to better align the nursing workforce with the increasing diverse population in the United States.  The resolution encouraged the development of a promotional campaign through the NSNA website and through mentoring programs in middle and high schools to promote nursing careers with minority populations.

“The fact that two resolutions developed by the members of MCANS were approved and adopted at the national level for implementation is a significant milestone for the Mercy College nursing program. This is yet another example of the great strides towards Mercy becoming a nationally-recognized nursing program,” stated Dr. Shirley Beaver, Dean of the School of Nursing

When asked to share their experiences from the convention, Tracy Thompson ASN’13 said “When student nurses make decisions together it unites our profession, makes us stronger, and we have greater impact.” Jannet Van Vang ASN’13 was grateful for the opportunity to “network with students and faculty from across the country and most of all, appreciate the challenges of creating and presenting a resolution at the national level, which has shaped me into becoming a great advocate for the public." Thomas Stein ASN’13 said “the experience broadened his perspective about nursing as a profession and its future.” 

Mercy College is the only Catholic college in Central Iowa and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). To learn more about all of our health science academic programs, visit the College website at

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Nursing Faculty Advisor Karla Hall, Thomas Stein, Samantha Studer, Jannet Van Vang and Tracy Thompson at the 2013 National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Convention in North Carolina.

 Stein and Vang with their voting tools.




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