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          Have you heard about Undergraduate Student Nursing Association

          Emily Garvey

          Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: News
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          The Undergraduate Student Nurses Association (USNA) collaborates frequently with faculty and alumni to help
          The Undergraduate Student Nurses Association (USNA) collaborates frequently with faculty and alumni to help "enhance the overall academic experience," explained USNA president Emily Friedlander.
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          Two Saturdays ago, the Thwing Ballroom was packed with nursing students and faculty. But it wasn't a blood drive or seminar, and the nurses had already ditched their scrubs for the day. Instead, the approximately 145 guests were fully decked out in cocktail attire and spent their evening toasting, dining, and dancing at the 2010 Nurses' Ball.

          The 16 students responsible for pulling off the event were the Undergraduate Student Nurses' Association, or USNA.

          "USNA is a united group of motivated students across all undergraduate years who strive to enhance the academic and social experience at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing," said junior Emily Friedlander, executive president of USNA at Case Western Reserve University.

          All undergraduate nursing students are automatically a part of USNA, but it is led by a much smaller group of 16 elected officers: four executive board members and three class officers for each nursing class. However, USNA holds meetings every other week that are open to the entire Frances Payne Bolton community, so any nursing student can easily learn more about the organization and choose to get involved.

          The organization is also an important link between CWRU's undergraduate nurses and its faculty members.

          "USNA connects students with the staff and faculty of the Nursing School," said Friedlander. "As a result, a partnership is developed that ultimately enhances the overall academic experience."

          The annual Nurses' Ball is one of those opportunities that allow students and faculty to interact. Sophomore Amanda Rendell, executive treasurer of the organization, explained that this year the majority of guests were faculty, including both the dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. May Wykle, and the associate dean for the undergraduate program, Dr. Marilyn Lotas. These faculty members mingled with the numerous student guests and their dates, and concluding the night with a senior toast that recognized and celebrated the soon-to-be graduates.
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