By Shawn Trisler
Amarillo College’s Student Nurses Association helps students to network in their field and provides them with opportunities to serve the community. The SNA is a student-run organization that is heavily involved in serving Amarillo. Members of the association are encouraged to participate in the classroom as well as become engaged in the community. This semester, the SNA has plans to once again be active in serving others.
“We’re trying to get the students more involved in the community,” said Claudia Reed, associate degree nursing instructor.
This semester, nursing students chose to support the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and financial assistance for injured U.S. military men and women who are in need.
Another project the SNA is involved in this semester is the Merry Geri Project.
“Every Christmas, we get donations from the students for towels, hand towels and bath towels and we send them to the Merry Geri Project,” said Angie Ross, associate degree nursing instructor. “They wrap them up for seniors, the geriatric population, then a week before Christmas we deliver them to their homes.”
The SNA also participates in the Eveline Rivers coat drive, as well as other fund raisers and networking opportunities. The organization emphasizes the importance of networking while helping others. While participating in various community projects, students meet and get to know others in the medical field.
“It helps us as student nurses to expose ourselves to the variety of different fields,” said Jeslynne Ramos, nursing major.