CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 5, 2011 — The Southeast Missouri State University Student Nurses Association will host the Missouri Nursing Students Association (MONSA) state convention Oct. 14-15 at the Plaza Convention Center in Cape Girardeau.
About 200 student nurses and about 30 exhibitors are expected at the event.
“We are fortunate to have exhibitors from UCLA, Mayo Clinic and Vanderbilt as well as a variety of hospitals from our local area and region,” said Desma Reno, assistant professor of nursing at Southeast and state consultant to MONSA. Local sponsors for this event include SoutheastHealth, Saint Francis Medical Center and Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. “The purpose of the convention is to provide students an opportunity to network with students from across the state and to promote an awareness of emerging theory, education, and practice innovations that will promote professional growth and development. In addition, students will have an opportunity to run for state office. ”
Reno says the conference also allows student nurses to meet with nurse recruiters and other vendors, including those who can provide information about the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). There will also be a session for faculty providing update on the NCLEX Test Plan.
The conference will include sessions on “Saving the Life of Your Cardiac Patient,” “Test Taking Strategies for Success,” the NCLEX-RN exam and “Pharmacology Made Insanely Easy.” Easy Stilson, nurse residency program manager and nurse recruiter at SoutheastHealth will present a “Lunch and Learn” program on Saturday, and teams will compete in a “Brain Bowl” competition sponsored by Hurst Review Services. The conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Gina Bufe, a Southeast alumna who earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1987. Bufe is director of nursing education, practice and research at UCLA Health System in Los Angeles.
She previously held numerous titles at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Westchester, N.Y., including director of nursing for education, quality and research; director of nursing for quality assurance and nursing research, interim director of nursing education and patient care manager. She has been an assistant professor of clinical public health at Weill Cornell Medical College and has served as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in the Psych Center of Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. Bufe also has been a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in Barnes-Jewish Psychiatric Services at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, assistant professor at the Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health, and group therapist for schizophrenic and women’s support groups at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. She also served St. Louis Children’s Hospital as a group therapist, charge nurse/case manager of its child psychiatric unit and staff nurse of its child/adolescent psychiatric unit.
The Missouri Nursing Students Association is a statewide organization which is considered a pre-professional organization for nursing students. Recent Southeast Missouri State University graduate Will Harris serves as the organization’s outgoing president. For information about the convention go to the organization website www.monsa.org.