Nursing students, faculty attend Legislative Day at the Capitol

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Nursing students, faculty attend Legislative Day at the Capitol

March 13, 2012

Senior nursing students and faculty from Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently attended the 2012 Legislative Day for Nurses at the Capitol. During their trip they were able to learn and voice their opinions about issues facing nursing and healthcare in Oklahoma.

The goal of Legislative Day for Nurses is to provide information on the legislative process, as well as issues affecting nursing and health care in Oklahoma.

Northwestern students had the opportunity to:

• Hear from legislative experts, legislators and Oklahoma Nurses Association lobbyists;

• Educate legislators on issues vital to the nursing profession;

• Increase awareness of the roles and values of nursing in the political arena;

• Voice an opinion concerning legislation affecting the nursing profession;

• Join other nurses who share the same concerns.

Dr. Carole McKenzie, Division of Nursing chair, presented “Funding Issues Related to Nurse Educators in Oklahoma.”

Senior nursing students who attended the event were Cindy Wood, Columbia (Mo.); Dawnita Randolph, Noble; Brandi Fisher, Mooreland; Shawna Stewart, Woodward; Haley Sturgeon, Meno; Kari Knouse, Enid; Bethany Duhon, Enid; Cassey Thompson, Pond Creek; Tasha Schaffer, Enid; Carrie Abbott, Kiowa (Kan.); Meagan Allen, Amorita; Kelsie Blanton, Lamont; RaeAnna Means, Cherokee; Cayla Bynum, Enid; Chen Li, Alva; Sierra Elsey, Moorleand; Mariela Hamm, Enid; Vickie Bright, Enid; Rachel Meloy, Hennessey; Kristin Castle, Jet; Samantha Blubaugh, Medford; Rebecca Glenn, Enid; Abebe Aduna, Enid; Nicholas Atumah, Garland (Texas); Cale Myers, Kingfisher; Sara-Beth McGuire, Blackwell; Holly Cunningham, Enid; Christine Diltz, Woodward; Revena Mattingly, Buffalo; Grant Frownfelter, Enid; and Todd Felder, Okeene.