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All Hail the Champions! UT Austin School of Nursing students make an impression at state convention.

Posted: March 28, 2013

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Prize-winning Longhorn student nurses at this year’s TNSA state convention.

Longhorns have a way of making their presence known. This year while attending the 2013 Texas Nursing Students’ Association State Convention Feb. 28–March 2 in Houston, Texas, they managed to walk away with several prestigious awards.

Political Involvement Award

Given to the nursing school that best represents an interest in the political side of academics and how public policy affects nursing schools and nursing students in Texas. The school honored with this award has shown solid involvement in politics and legislation concerning university students and gone above and beyond its boundaries to ensure that students are receiving the best education possible. The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing was honored with this award in 2012, but since then has shown a dramatic increase in the amount of time and energy spent working closely with the Senate of College Councils on campus. UT Austin School of Nursing has been a part of many resolution hearings and voiced opinions from a nursing student’s perspective on much of the legislation.

Student of the Year

Presented to Jacob Paul, a J1 student at the UT Austin School of Nursing, for emulating the characteristics of a peer leader and demonstrating a passion for learning and development. Paul represents the growth that results from involvement in projects and peer groups, even beyond the UT Austin chapter. He consistently goes above and beyond his role as a UTNSA member (and now officer) to make the organization and the School of Nursing the best it can be.

Brain Bowl Champions

The TNSA Brain Bowl is an annual competition held between the various schools and chapters of the Texas Nursing Students Association. Over the years the competition has expanded and become increasingly difficult. As students from across the state have become more knowledgeable of the complexities of modern nursing care, many still are not familiar with the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) that provides nursing licensure. This year, however, TNSA tested competitors on their knowledge of the exam itself. Thanks to the emphasis — and hours — that the School of Nursing places on teaching students to successfully take the NCLEX, Longhorn nursing students have developed a firm understanding of the exam itself and this year showed themselves sharp enough to take home the championship. They are confident it will be a new tradition.