Second-year nursing students from Davis & Elkins College recently participated in the annual West Virginia Nurses Association's Unity Day at the State Capitol in Charleston.
"Unity Day provides an opportunity for all nurses and nursing students to unite as a group to learn about current issues affecting nursing," said Dr. Carol Cochran, chair of the Department of Nursing at D&E.
The event also serves to educate lawmakers on the role nurses play in health promotion and prevention through poster presentations.
Davis & Elkins College nurses who participate in West Virginia Nurses Association’s Unity Day at the State Capitol in Charleston are Hillary Sparks, Kristen Justice, Christopher Reece, Samantha Cross, Ashley Davis, Katherine Doss, Kimberly Dilcher, Katherine Doss, Misti Elmore, Michelle George, Katelyn Gibbs, David Gidley, Mallory Hardy, Kathy Helmick, Kimberly Hinebaugh, Jamie Hughes, Kerri Iseli, Kayla Jack, Kristen Justice, Kazelyn Kelley, Amanda Lantz, Junele Lewis, Sheena Liston, Michelle Marsh, Christina Noss, Courtney Oldaker, Maria Renzelli, Shane Ritchie, Stacey Shaffer, Autumn Shank, Richard Sostre, Sabrina Thompson, Drew Ware, Jennifer Weaver, Anita Whitehair and Jaclyn Wright.
Nursing students Hillary Sparks of Arbovale, Kristen Justice of Chapmanville, Christopher Reece of Hamilton, Ohio, and Samantha Cross of Kerens, presented a poster on Quality and Safety Education for Nurses in the rotunda of the Capitol. The poster highlighted competencies identified by the Institute of Medicine 2003 report and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Other Davis & Elkins College student nurses who participated in the event were: Ashley Davis, of Elkins; Katherine Doss, of Clemmons, N.C.; Kimberly Dilcher, of Webster Springs; Katherine Doss, of Hansford; Misti Elmore, of Tallmansville; Michelle George, of Bridgeport; Katelyn Gibbs, of Philippi; David Gidley, of Parsons; Mallory Hardy, of Parsons; Kathy Helmick, of Webster Springs; Kimberly Hinebaugh, of Oakland, Md.; Jamie Hughes, of Elkins; Kerri Iseli, of Elkins; Kayla Jack, of Mill Creek; Kristen Justice, of Chapmanville; Kazelyn Kelley, of Belington; Amanda Lantz, of Hambleton; Junele Lewis, of Morgantown; Sheena Liston, of Reedsville; Michelle Marsh, of Philippi; Christina Noss, of Kingwood; Courtney Oldaker, of Weston; Maria Renzelli, of Philippi; Shane Ritchie, of Jackson, Ky.; Stacey Shaffer, of Elkins; Autumn Shank, of Elkins; Richard Sostre, of Richmond, Texas; Sabrina Thompson, of Parsons; Drew Ware, of Belington; Jennifer Weaver, of Moatsville; Anita Whitehair, of Flemington; and Jaclyn Wright, of Marlinton.
"Our students joined others as they marched to the Capitol and filled the galleries of the House and Senate," Cochran said. "It was an invaluable learning experience."