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Nursing Undergraduates Make Strong Showing: School's Disaster Preparedness program wins again at National Convention

Posted: May 19, 2014

Nursing faculty and students holding the NSNA 2014 Disaster Preparedness Award.

Left to Right: Linda Murphy, Janessa Rocco, Clay Clark, Samantha Mielke
and Whitney Thurman

Four members of the University of Texas Nursing Students Association (UTNSA) recently represented The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing at the 2014 National Student Nurses Association's 62nd Annual National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

They didn’t come away empty-handed.

The UT Austin School of Nursing received the NSNA 2014 Disaster Preparedness Award for its recurring mock disaster drill. The award is based on how a state or school chapter has raised the awareness of its disaster plans or developed plans for individual, school and community responses. The School of Nursing is a national leader in disaster preparedness.

Clay Clark, UTNSA president, and Janessa Rocco co-authored a resolution on behalf of UT Austin to call for a standardized Do Not Resuscitate identification system in hospitals currently using color-coded wristbands. The resolution passed with 96 percent of delegates in favor. With the NSNA stamp of approval, Janessa and Clay will begin working with state hospital associations and local hospital systems to implement the legislation.

Earlier this year, UTNSA received the NSNA 2014 Breakthrough to Nursing Award. Established in 1965, the mission of the Breakthrough to Nursing project is to organize, represent and mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses — as well as those nurses enrolled in baccalaureate completion programs — in becoming practitioners sensitive to cultural diversity.

Students Samantha Mielke, Janessa Rocco, Haleh Shokravi and Clay Clark represented UTNSA. Faculty advisor Linda Murphy and Whitney Thurman also attended.