SJR State hosts executive director of Florida Nurses Association
The nursing department at St. Johns River State College recently hosted Executive Director of the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) Willa Fuller to speak to students about the state of nursing in Florida and the value gained from belonging to a professional nursing association such as the FNA. Fuller, who has served as a nurse for 34 years, visited the College’s Orange Park campus, educating and inspiring her audience with a variety of nursing-related subjects.
The FNA has represented nurses of all professional backgrounds for over a century and strives to serve and support all registered nurses through professional development, advocacy and the promotion of excellence.
SJR State nursing instructor Patricia McAnnally said, "We are reactivating our Student Nurses Association for SJR State on all three of our campuses, and Willa Fuller graciously volunteered to come from Orlando to speak to our nursing students.”
Fuller spent considerable time discussing how nursing is affected by politics. "It is important to understand the dynamics of politics and how they work,” she said. “Nurses tend to shy away (from key issues), when we really need to be right in the middle of it. Think about health care. Think about your patients. Think about your job as being an active advocate for patients," she stated. Fuller encouraged her audience to participate in Advocacy Day, suggesting that the nursing students go to Tallahassee in March to get involved. She challenged them to bring their ideas and creativity forward.
Fuller also highlighted the “Take the Scare Out of Care” nursing campaign, which is designed to build awareness about violence against nurses in the line of duty as well as to create preventative measures. The campaign seeks to educate nurses, heath care facilities, the public and policymakers about this issue. “We want to make sure hospitals protect nurses,” said Fuller. “Being a nurse is such a gift, and it's sometimes hard to remember that.”
SJR State nursing student William (Evan) Frisbee said, “The meeting was great. The future of nursing is alive and vibrant with Willa Fuller’s vision of a unified nursing profession that benefits and raises nursing and nurses to the highest levels. After sitting there listening to her speak so passionately about nursing, I walked away with a sense that a great future awaits me. An engaging future in the nursing profession is limitless in both its potential and expanded roles, and Willa Fuller truly encourages nurses to get out there and explore all possible avenues.”
SJR State’s nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Classes are offered in Palatka and Orange Park. Specific prerequisites and requirements apply and must be completed prior to the first day of the application period.
SJR State offers additional health programs such as respiratory care, nursing assistant, health information management and radiologic technology. For more information on degree and certificate programs in the health field, call (386) 312-4176.
SJR State students and faculty gather around Willa Fuller, executive director of the Florida Nurses Association, after Fuller’s visit to the College’s Orange Park campus, where she spoke about the state of nursing in Florida and the value of being a member of a professional nursing association such as the FNA.
SJR State nursing student William (Evan) Frisbee chats with Willa Fuller, executive director of the Florida Nurses Association. Fuller visited the College’s Orange Park campus, where she spoke to nursing students and faculty about the state of nursing in Florida, including the value of being a member of a professional nursing association such as the FNA.
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