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CSUF NSA Boot Camp Success!
The Nursing Student Association (NSA) hosted their first ever "Nursing Skills Boot Camp” on August 15 and 16, 2013. The Nursing Skills Boot Camp is a two-day camp to provide incoming nursing students with an overview of the basic skills and education necessary to promote success in their first year of nursing school and to provide returning students with a review and refresh of the skills they will use in their clinical rotations and throughout their professional career. Faculty and student coaches introduced new students to skills such as measuring vital signs, patient feeding, isolation precautions, hand washing, and patient transfers. Returning students reviewed skills such as injections, IV starts, wound care, Foley catheter, NG tube insertion, and head to toe assessments. Both levels were given the opportunity to participate in classes including medical terminology, care maps, NCLEX style questions, and test taking strategies. Additionally, returning students were provided with an additional class to review pharmacology. Students with at least one year of nursing school experience also took part in simulations that reflect situations they may find themselves faced with in the hospital setting. The NSA chapter at California State University, Fullerton hopes the Nursing Skills Boot Camp will help make better students for today and caring and competent nurses for tomorrow.
With the help of various sponsors and cash donations of approximately $7,000, as well as generous supply donations from Medline, the 2013 Boot Camp was able to provide attendees with more practice of essential skills, and students reported feeling better prepared to care for patients during clinical rotations in the upcoming semesters. After the success of the boot camp this year, the Nursing Students Association decided to make nursing skills boot camp an annual event. Future boot camps will also serve as a fundraiser for the NSA at CSUF. The money raised will be used to support educational club activities, networking events, the purchase of training equipment and supplies needed for the Boot Camp.
The purpose of the Nursing Students Association (NSA) is to support and encourage all levels of nursing students (pre-nursing, undergraduate, and graduate). NSA seeks to create and provide opportunities for our members to meet and network with one another in addition to acting as a resource group through a job fair, social events, fundraising, outreach activities, and monthly meetings with guest speakers. Visit our NSA website www.csufnsa.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on joining the NSA at CSUF.
(Photo of CSUF nursing students at 2013 NSA Boot Camp: Giles Sano, Leo Rodriguez, Michelle Querubin, Courtney Snyder, Michelle Monning, Aireesha Tirados, Katelyn Koopman, and Jesse Navarro)