The Northern Maine Community College Student Nurses’ Association (NMCC SNA) has been very busy throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.

The association, consisting of 29 members representing the Presque Isle campus and Nursing students from Houlton and Calais cohorts, continue to participate in events which benefit the community and their education.

Michele Wilcox, President of NMCC SNA, said in October all members participated in a 30 Days Thankful Raffle Fundraiser.  When the raffle was completed, the association voted to donate $900 of the funds raised, to 30 families in need for the holidays. Thirty gift cards were given to 30 students and their families, so they could purchase Christmas dinner or gifts for their families during the holidays. Another $100 was donated for two senior citizens to be able to participate in the Seniors Achieving Greater Education program.

The association also took on a project to assist the homeless shelter in Presque Isle. Members donated their time to organize the donation facility to make room for more donations this winter. Wilcox added that members have voted to donate more time to the shelter this spring.

The advisor for the SNA is NMCC Nursing Instructor, Angela Buck. She says that involvement with the SNA demonstrates the students’ ability and commitment to balance their education successfully while giving back to the community.

In addition to volunteering in the community, students were also active in Maine State Student Nurses’ Association, as nine of the NMCC members were able to attend the state convention in Orono.

2018 continues to be busy as well and events include some of the NMCC SNA members attending the National Student Nurses’ Association Convention in Tennessee in April. The last time an NMCC Nursing student attended the national convention was more than 15 years ago. This has members already thinking of ways to fundraise to send four to Nashville this spring.

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