Northwestern nursing students attend Nurses' Day at the Capitol

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Northwestern nursing students attend Nurses' Day at the Capitol

March 11, 2011
 Nurses' Day at the Capitol
Northwestern Oklahoma State University nursing students attended Legislative Day for Nurses at the Capitol with Cindy Martindale, instructor of nursing. Students and nursing professionals gained knowledge about the nursing field and how legislative issues affect Oklahoma citizens.

Nursing students from Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently traveled to Oklahoma City to attend the 2011 Legislative Day for Nurses at the Capitol. This day provides students and professionals with the opportunity to get involved and make a difference in issues facing nursing and healthcare in Oklahoma.

This event is hosted by the Oklahoma Nurses’ Association (ONA).

Students and other nursing professionals had the opportunity to:
• Hear from legislative experts, legislators and ONA lobbyists;
• Educate legislators concerning the issues vital to the nursing profession;
• Increase awareness of the roles and values of nursing in the political arena;
• Have a voice concerning legislation affecting delivery of care and the nursing profession; and
• Join with other nurses who share the same concerns.

Cindy Martindale, instructor of nursing, took 18 senior nursing students to the Capitol. Student names and hometowns are as follows:

Alana Dempsey, Broken Arrow; Renae Goodno, Esmeralda Herrera, Lindsey Jackson and Kasie Nichols of Enid; McKayla Girton, Gage; Crystal Nickel, Helena; Cale Myers, Kingfisher; Nikita Melnikov, Oklahoma City; Casandra Oakes, Vici; Ryan Rapp, Wakita; Kristen Bogner, Kindra Day and Sandra Padilla of Woodward; Sara Goldberg, McPherson, Kan.; Megan James, Protection, Kan.; Samantha Tomlinson, Tipp City, Ohio; and Kristen Davis, Houston, Texas.

Prior to Legislative Day at another event sponsored by ONA, Dr. Carole McKenzie, associate professor of nursing and chair at Northwestern, spoke to approximately 150 nursing students on the topic of social media during the Region 2 ONA meeting. McKenzie addressed the need for greater knowledge on legal, ethical and professional issues involved with social networking.