Southeast Nursing Students Leading State Association

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 8, 2005 – Two Southeast Missouri State University nursing students have been elected by their peers across the state to serve as officers in the Missouri Student Nursing Association (MSNA).

Ashley Seabaugh, a junior from Jackson, Mo., was chosen as president of the association, and Megan Ward, a junior from Puxico, Mo., was selected as vice president. Both were nominated and elected by student delegates from across Missouri at the state convention in November.

The two are currently attending the National Student Nurses Association convention, which runs through April in Salt Lake City. U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who began his career as a nurse before becoming a medical doctor, is serving as the keynote speaker at the event. In addition to attending the convention, Seabaugh also is representing Missouri at the Council of State Presidents, a formal gathering of all state presidents.

Desma Reno, Southeast assistant professor of nursing and consultant for the Missouri Student Nurses Association, says Seabaugh and Ward will excel in their new leadership roles.

“Ashley and Megan have demonstrated excellence in their leadership abilities and will provide the direction needed to prepare and mentor the future leaders of the nursing profession,” Reno said. “I am very pleased that two of Southeast’s nursing students have been elected to provide leadership for the hundreds of nursing students across the state,” she added.

Seabaugh and Ward’s responsibilities as officers include supporting the MSNA goals of contributing to nursing education to provide the highest quality healthcare, providing fundamental and current professional interest programs, and encouraging professional development and responsibility for the healthcare of people in all walks of life.