The WSU College of Nursing (CON) Critical Care Student Nurse Association (CCSNA) has emerged as a dynamic force for aspiring critical care nurses, navigating its path through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Originating just before the pandemic, the CCSNA found its stride under the guidance of dedicated student leaders who, despite the virtual confines of Zoom, orchestrated monthly meetings featuring guest speakers from diverse critical care specialties. As the pandemic evolved, so did the association’s commitment to providing valuable insights and networking opportunities for its student members.
Approximately a year ago, the CCSNA transitioned to in-person meetings, a testament to the resilience of its student members across multiple campuses. These gatherings, accompanied by pizza and guest speakers, have become a cornerstone of the association’s efforts to foster camaraderie and knowledge-sharing among aspiring critical care nurses. Beyond the regular meetings, the CCSNA has organized insightful activities, including tours of local air medical hangars, clothing sales, and a ‘Stop The Bleed’ class. Notably, many students took the initiative to obtain certification in Neonatal Resuscitation, demonstrating a proactive approach to advancing their skills and knowledge.
Under the current leadership team, with Maya Sendejas as President, Kristin Joo as Vice-President, Camille Wolfe as Secretary, and Sophie Chambers as Treasurer, along with liaisons Grace Borcher and Rowan McLoone, the CCSNA continues to thrive. Theresa Bowden, RN, MSN, Assistant Teaching Professor, WSU College of Nursing, serves as the dedicated advisor, expressing her admiration for the hardworking students and their shared aspiration to become critical care nurses. The association stands as a testament to the dedication and passion of its members, shaping the future of nursing in critical care settings at WSU.