Nursing Students

COLUMBUS, Miss.-- Clay Evans wants to do more to help nurses.

Anne Jenkins is excited about supporting her peers and being an advocate for quality patient care.

Those motivations are just two reasons why the Mississippi University for Women will have a distinct imprint on the makeup of the board for Mississippi Association of Student Nursing in 2020-21.

Earlier this month, Evans was elected president of the nine-person board, while Jenkins was elected director of breakthrough to nursing. Rylee Bowman, a junior from Ackerman, was elected chairperson of school presidents; Kamryn Pearson, a junior from West Point, was elected chairperson of fundraising; Will McNeese, a junior from Smithville, was elected director of communications; and Caleb Younger, a junior from Steens, was elected nominations and elections chair. Students from Mississippi College and Delta State round out the board. Each board member will serve a one-year term.

“I want to help others succeed and fulfill their desires,” said Evans, a senior BSN student who served as second vice president on the MASN board last year. “I also have this desire to connect the nursing schools across the state. There are many schools across the state, but very few are active participants in MASN. I want to foster a connection between MASN and other nursing schools. Nursing is a difficult profession, and I believe that we as students can benefit from working and learning together.”

Evans, who is from Puckett, started his college career as a mechanical engineering major at Mississippi State University. During his third semester, he took an emergency medical technician course along with his engineering classes. He knew near the end of that semester that he wanted to work in healthcare and that nursing seemed like the best fit for him. Evans said his desire to help people and to care directly for their needs motivated him to change course.

As president he will be responsible for facilitating meetings and guiding the chair members as they complete their roles. He believes his experience as second vice president will help the board utilize all of the resources at its disposal.

Evans credits the nursing faculty at The W for encouraging so many students to get involved with the MASN. He said it is “amazing” for The W to have six students elected to positions this year.

“The nursing students at The W are taught from day one the importance of being professional in all aspects of our lives and the importance of serving the community outside of the hospital,” Evans said. “Many nursing students will go on to become nursing managers and supervisors. MASN offers students the opportunity to build those professional skills and relationships that can help them in their future careers.”

Jenkins, who is originally from Minnesota and now lives in Steens, is a non-traditional student who is married with three children, ages 2, 4 and 6, and has a bachelor’s degree in a different field. She has known since working as a nursing assistant more than 10 years ago that she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but the timing just hadn’t been right for her to go back to school. Her husband, who is in the Air Force, was transferred to the Columbus Air Force Base two years ago. She then chose The W because of the reputation of its nursing program and the timing of its classes. She completed her prerequisites at The W last year and started in the BSN program over the summer.  

Jenkins credits Evans for inspiring her to become a convention delegate and eventually run for a board position. She is eager to take on the challenge of recruiting, retaining and assisting nursing students from a wide range of backgrounds.

“I will be responsible for developing a project and setting a goal related to the mission of breakthrough to nursing that each school chapter of the Student Nursing Association will work to achieve,” said Jenkins, who is a junior. “I chose to run for this position because I connected with the mission of BTN, and I see tremendous opportunities for growth in supporting that mission on a state level.”

The MASN represents nursing students in schools throughout the state of Mississippi, including associate and baccalaureate degree programs. It strives to provide for the highest quality of health care by contributing to nursing education by aiding in the development of the whole person and their professional role as nurses, working to influence the education process, health care nursing education and practice through legislative activities and encouraging student to participate in community health care projects.

Nov. 6, 2020
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