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The Student Nurses Association is open to all pre-nursing and nursing students. The mission of LSUHSC SNA is to enhance nursing education through community service activities that promote social and professional development. Membership in LSUHSC SNA confers membership in the district, state and National Student Nurses Association.

 SNA Officers 2014



President Holly Tomasello
Vice President Priscilla Halloran
Secretary Serena Pentney
Treasurer Kristina Trahan
Historian Jessica Lee
Historian VACANT
Breakthrough to Nursing Ryne Smith
Breakthrough to Nursing Devan Peterson
Community Service Coordinator Kellie Jones
Community Service Coordinator Jessica Granier
Guest Speaker Coord. Kaitlyn Moser
Faculty Advisor Marirose Bernard

Community Service Events


August 6
  • New Student Orientation

August 18
  • Blood Drives
# Volunteers:
Monday, August 18 and TBD
MEB 7/8 and TBD
8:30 – 4:00pm
3 per shift for 1 hour

Volunteers at blood drive will be helping to sign blood donors in, as well as recruiting for blood donors at various places in the MEB (cafeteria). We will also be helping with the Blood Center any miscellaneous tasks they need help with. The first and last shift will be helping take down and put up the Blood Center’s equipment. For more information about this event, contact the SCS who will be organizing the event, Kellie Jones (

August 23
  • 16th Annual Children’s Museum CHAIRish the Children Auction Gala
    Set up: 12:30pm – 5:00pm (6 volunteers)
    Actual Event: 6:00pm – 12:00am (8 volunteers)

This event will benefit the Louisiana Children’s Museum. It will be a night filled with fun and entertainment with all proceeds going to the museum. The attire is disco! It will feature fantastic auction items including whimsical, one-of-a-kind chairs, delicious food and drink from over 20 of the city’s best restaurants, live entertainment, and more! We will assist with sign in, picking up food/trash during the event, serving food, helping out with the auction, and assisting with clean up after the event. This will be a really fun event for us all and for a great cause! For more information, contact Jessica Granier at Hope to see you boogie on down to this event!

August Donations (August – October 8th)

Until October 8th, we will be participating in LASN’s Community Health Project by collecting STRESS BALLS and JOURNALS for the Audrey Hepburn Care Center. This center is a comprehensive child abuse center that serves children who are victims of sexual and physical abuse and neglect. These items are being collected to provide the children with an outlet during times of increased stress. The children especially enjoy journals with locks to promote privacy of their writing. The school that collects the largest amount will receive an award at convention. Since all of our members are so great and we know how generous you are, we hope to win this award once again! These websites may be helpful in purchasing items:
It would probably be a good idea for a few of you to get together to buy wholesale items. Bring all donations to Mrs. Bernard’s office, 1st floor of nursing building. Put at least 8 items in the box and sign the designated sheet to receive credit! Lets collect lots of these items!


September 6
  • City Park Super Saturday (20 volunteers)

This is a hands-on, fun event that allows us to contribute to the community. When volunteering for this event, you can expect to maintain areas around New Orleans City Park. Tasks may include gardening, mulching, shoveling, and/or pushing wheelbarrows. This event does involve a little bit of physical labor. So, if you don’t mind working with your hands and if you like to spend time outdoors and enjoy beautifying your city, this is a wonderful event for you! For more info about the event, contact Jessica Granier (SNACSC

September 27 - 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Edible Schoolyard (30 volunteers)

At Samuel J. Green Charter School, we will be participating in gardening, composting, and harvesting of food. Their mission is to improve the long-term well being of their students, families, and school community, by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school curriculum, culture and cafeteria programs. It involves the students and school community in growing, harvesting, preparing, and enjoying food together as a means of awakening their senses, cultivating an environment that promotes a sense of pride and responsibility for our land and natural resources, and developing a love of fresh, seasonal foods. This will be a fun event where we can interact with school kids and make a positive change for the health and well being of our community! For more info, contact the Jessica Granier (SNACSC

September 27
  • LSPCA On-Tap @ City Park Festival

# Volunteers:
Saturday, September 27
New Orleans City Park – Festival Grounds
3:30- 8:30pm

This is one of the largest annual festivals held in City Park and is known as the unofficial kickoff to Oktoberfest to those of us who live in New Orleans. LSPCA On-Tap is one of the LSPCA’s main fundraisers for the year and helps to save thousands of abandoned animals in the city of New Orleans. Volunteers will be working with the Louisiana SPCA to serve refreshments (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) to festivalgoers. The organization will also have puppies and kittens who can be adopted at the festival as well. **Volunteers must be 21 years or older

For more information about this event, contact the SCS who will be organizing the event, Kellie Jones (

September Donations

LASN is asking schools to “Be a Hero & Wipe Out Disaster” by collecting baby wipes and bringing them to the 60th LASN Convention. In order to be recognized at convention, we have to collect the largest amount. LSUHSC SON ALWAYS wins lot of awards because our members are so great! Lets keep the streak up! To receive credit, bring 8 packs of baby wipes, small packs with about 50 wipes per pack, to Mrs. Bernard’s office on the first floor of the Nursing building. There will be a box to place the items and a sign in sheet. Make sure to sign the sheet and state the amount that you donated to receive credit.


October 4 - (9:00am – 12:00pm)
  • St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program (25 students)

With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will be volunteering with St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program. The goal of this organization is to meet the immediate needs of safety, shelter, food, clothing, medical attention, etc. and then to encourage independence and self-sufficiency of every survivor to attain a lifestyle of their choosing. We will be helping with either landscaping, painting, sorting donations, and/or sharing screenings/health care information with the residents. For more info, contact Jessica Granier (

October 9-12
  • 60th Annual LASN State Convention

This year’s theme is “Nursing is Forever.” At convention, you can expect many informative focus sessions hosted by passionate and interesting speakers. In addition to the usual convention activities including the exciting opening night party, House of Delegates, and the exhibitor hall; this year they are focusing on professional development for student nurses and there will also be emphasis on the history of the LASN organization. This will be a very fun, informative, and valuable event to be a part of.

October 15
  • Great 100 Nurses
Shift 1: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (10 volunteers)
Shift 2: 3:45 pm – 7:00 pm (15 volunteers)
Shift 3: 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm (15 volunteers)

This is an annual event that honors hard-working, admirable, and local nurses. The foundation was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana 28 years ago and since then has honored thousands of nurses across Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas, and Oklahoma. These exemplary nurses are selected based on their concern for humanity, their contributions to the profession, and their mentoring of others. It is a great honor in the life of the nurse. At this event, the top 100 nurses in the state will be recognized. This event will be held at the Pontchartrain Center. We will be assisting with set up, assisting with the welcome table, assisting during the event by serving food or whatever else is needed, and assisting with clean up. For more information about this event, contact the SCS who will be organizing the event, Jessica Granier (

October 24 - (4:00pm – 9:30pm)
  • Boo at the Zoo (20 volunteers)

This is an annual event held at the Audubon Zoo for children ages 12 and below. It features trick-or-treat houses with candy, a Ghost Train, a haunted house (scary and non-scary), games with prizes, entertainment, and more. This is a safe and fun event for children and their families. It will benefit Children’s Hospital and Audubon Zoo. Volunteers will be placed in various areas including Games Area, Toddler Games, Trick or Treat Houses, Front Entrance, and the Mombasa Train Ride. Contact Jessica Granier at for more info.

October 25
  • DSAGNO Buddy Walk


# Volunteers:
October 25, 2014
Held in the field adjacent to Zephyr Field
6100 Airline Highway, Metairie, LA 70001
1st shift= 7:00am-11:45am
2nd shift= 11:30-4:00

The Buddy Walk is an event put on by the Volunteers will be:

  • Meeting people at the entrance and guiding them into the event
  • Running errands, specifically for food for the various booths
  • Lining up participants for all the events/race
  • Cheering participants on along the route (make signs??)
For more information about this event, contact the SCS who will be organizing the event, Kellie Jones at


  • Susan B. Komen’s “Race for the Cure”

# Volunteers:
October 25, 2014
City Park
1st shift= 6:45-10:30 am
2nd shift= 10:15-2:00pm
15 volunteers per shift

Race for the Cure is an event put on by the Susan B. Komen foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising Breast Cancer awareness particularly during the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness month). During this event, volunteers will be:

  • Helping set up the race
  • Signing racers in
  • Manning the giveaway stations (food, water, information)
  • Keeping up with trash and sanitation collection
  • Floaters who will help direct and support all the efforts all over the site
  • Clean up after the event, including picking up trash, taking down tents/tables, etc.
For more information about this event, contact the SCS who will be organizing the event, Kellie Jones at

October Donations

Eden House is a 2-year residential program for women who have been commercially and sexually exploited. They provide 6-8 women a safe and supportive home for 2 years, free of cost. They receive counseling, education, and job training to empower these women to overcome their pasts and progress spiritually and emotionally, while developing skills to become productive members of society and achieve personal goals. The items that they are most in need of include:

  • Laundry detergent, Paper towels, Cleaning supplies
  • Printer ink (HP Laser 200)
  • Forever stamps
  • Artwork
  • RTA streetcar/bus passes

Please bring donations to Mrs. Bernard’s office, first floor of the nursing building. You will need to bring 8 items and sign the designated sheet to receive credit.


November 6
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk

# Volunteers:
November 6, 2014
Lafreniere Park
3000 Downs Blvd, Metairie, LA 70003
4:00pm-8:30pm (not confirmed on how late yet though)

This organization’s annual Light the Night Walk raises money to help cure blood cancer. They need volunteers during the day for set-up, but since this is a Thursday, I told her our volunteers probably wouldn’t be available until 4:00. Therefore, I’m making the shift from 4:00- 8:30. The walk itself starts at 7:00pm, but the event and festivities start between 4:30 and 5. Volunteers will be 1) setting up tents, tables, and paper cloths for tables, 2) working at the registration booth and handing out t-shirts, 3) helping out in the recreational “kids” area, and 4) handing out food and drinks. For more information about this event, contact the SCS who will be organizing the event, Kellie Jones (

November 15
  • American Heart Association HEART WALK

# Volunteers:
November 15, 2014
Held in the field adjacent to Zephyr Field
6100 Airline Highway, Metairie, LA 70001
8:00 am -12:00 pm

The American Hear Association’s Heart Walk is an annual event that emphasizes the importance of staying active and fit in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. Volunteers at this event will be 1) Setting up for the event organizing individual booths/tables, carrying prizes to and from different stations, moving and picking up light-weight event equipment), 2) working at tables/booths (Last year we worked at a make-your-own-garden booth with little kids!) 3) cheering participants on along the route, and 4) handing out food/drinks to participants and workers. For more information about this event, contact the SCS who will be organizing the event, Kellie Jones (

November 22 - 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Second Harvest Food Bank (20 volunteers)

The Second Harvest Food Bank has a mission to lead the fight against hunger and build food security in south Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. As volunteers, we will support the food bank by sorting and packaging food or working outside with food salvage. The work may be inside or outside. Help make south Louisiana hunger-free by participating in this event. This event should be fun and rewarding. Contact Jessica Granier,, for more information about this event.

November Donations

The Covenant House provides a safe haven for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth ages 16-22. They shelter and care for neglected, abused, and exploited kids. They have touched the lives of over 20,000 youth by providing them with food, shelter, clothing, medical attention, individual and family counseling, educational assistance, vocational and job training, life skills, and much more. They offer the youth the opportunity and tools to build healthy, independent, and productive lives. Items that we will be collecting for these residents include:

  • Hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, etc., socks, underwear, black belts, and other standard items for teenagers
  • New or slightly used clothing, especially white button down shirts and black pants since the kids are either job searching or working.

Please bring donations to Mrs. Bernard’s office, first floor of the nursing building. You will need to bring 8 items and sign the designated sheet to receive credit.


December 6
  • Children’s Museum Festival of the Trees (TBA)

Get in the holiday spirit with the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s 4th Annual Festival of the Trees. It will feature an “enchanted forest of decorated trees” created by local schools, artists, and community partners that represent the arts, culture, food, and literature of our region! This will be a fun and festive event for all! The number of volunteers that we will need for this event is not confirmed but stay on the lookout for sign up for this event at a SNA meeting! There may also be a date before the event to set up the trees! Contact Jessica Granier for more info at

December 8th (final date and time TBA) (Will be unlimited volunteers!)

Make Christmas cards and hand out to residents of a local nursing home. Contact Jessica Granier for more info at

December 10, 11
  • Graduation Rehearsal, Awards, and Ceremony (# of volunteers and time TBA)

Congratulations to the LSUHSC SON’s December graduates! The graduation festivities will need your help in keeping everything running smoothly. We will need volunteers for each of these days to help with set up, clean up, and anything else that our faculty and fellow classmates need assistance with! The times and number of volunteers needed for these events are not known at this time but stay on the lookout for sign up for this event at a SNA meeting! We will definitely need some of your help!

December Donations

The Ronald McDonald House provides and environment with a built-in support system, comfortable beds, hot showers, laundry facilities, playrooms, a friendly kitchen, and stocked pantry. The house depends on generous donations for its support. We will collect the following items: plastic forks, spoons, and knives, individually wrapped snack food items (crackers, chips, nuts, etc.), canned tuna and meats, quick fix foods, chunky style soup, tooth paste, dental floss, size 3, 4, 5 diapers, bleach, light bulbs, and postage stamps.

Please bring donations to Mrs. Bernard’s office, first floor of the nursing building. You will need to bring 8 items and sign the designated sheet to receive credit.

Upcoming Conventions

October 9-12, 2014 LASN Convention Lafayette, LA
November 6-9, 2014 Mid-Year Convention Portland, OR
April 8-12, 2015 National Convention Phoenix, AR
March 30-April 3, 2016 National Convention Orlando, FL

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting August 18, 2014 7:00 am MEB Seminar Room 4
Meeting September 15, 2014 7:00 am MEB Seminar Room 4
Meeting October 13, 2014 7:00 am MEB Seminar Room 4
Meeting November 10, 2014 7:00 am MEB Seminar Room 4

Meeting Minutes


Membership Information
New members of LSUHSC SNA are welcomed at any time! If you are interested in becoming a member of LSUHSC SNA or have a question about membership, please contact one of the officers via e-mail.

SNA Membership Application


  • Fleece - $32

  • Clipboard - $15

  • Badge Reel - $8

  • SNA T-Shirt - $12

If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact Chelsea Gandolfi:

Helpful Links
National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)

Louisiana Student Nurses Association (LASN)

NSNA Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct

NSNA Code of Professional Conduct

NSNA Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct Interpretive Statements

NSNA Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Computer Services Orientation