Molloy Nursing Student Makes a National Impact
By Megan Scali
Molloy Nursing Student Makes an Impact at National Convention in Salt Lake City
Every year, the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) hosts their annual convention, where thousands of student nurses meet to gain exposure to the professional outlook of nursing. Although there are many things to experience at the convention, from the exhibition hall where over 100 nursing organizations, including hospitals, professional nursing associations, and NCLEX preparatory companies, are represented to share exposure to important nursing resources to cutting edge breakout sessions, one of the most powerful parts of the convention is called the "resolutions hearing." The resolutions hearing takes place in the house of delegates, where each state and school across the country are awarded voting members, or delegates, according to the number of NSNA members that their state or school has. Hundreds of delegates vote on important changes to the NSNA framework, the board of directors and resolutions. In the house of delegates, representatives also debate on the resolutions that are presented as to why they would be beneficial or disadvantageous for NSNA to support. Resolutions are a written statement that expresses a stance that nursing students believe NSNA should take regarding a prevalent medial topic that is national in scope. The house of delegates then listens to the author present facts which defend the resolution and its proposed outcome, which includes steps and actions that can be taken in order to achieve the goal of the resolution.
Rosa Misuraca Passes Resolution to Support Birthing Education for Expectant Parents
A senior Molloy College nursing student, Rosa Misuraca, was a delegate, and wrote and presented a resolution. Her resolution is titled "Increasing Awareness of Alternative Birthing Methods." Rosa is passionate empowering women with information about options they have for giving birth. She presented this resolution on behalf of the Nursing Student's Association of New York State, for which Rosa was Policy and Education director from 2018-19, and for which she was Resolutions Committee chair.
The process including defining a topic, choosing a unique perspective and using evidence-based research to support their stance. The committee then decided what type of impact they wanted their work to have. Something that Rosa recalled being surprised about when gathering research was that in some states, it is illegal for women to explore alternative birthing methods outside of an inpatient, hospital setting.
Rosa became passionate about women's health nursing through her exposure to different opportunities at Molloy College. She shared that the professors and experience she was able to get at Molloy helped solidify her passion for making a difference in this field. She was inspired by the passion of her obstetrics professor, Dr. Alicia Stone. One of the best parts of creating and presenting this resolution was the fact that she was able to share her excitement with nursing students from other universities. Discovering that members of her committee shared her commitment to the issue was empowering for Rosa: the resources provided through NSNA to find a group of people who worked seamlessly together due to their connection to the topic was allowed the students to make a difference nationwide.
After a nerve-wracking debate, Rosa was elated when her resolution was passed. She said it was fun to be involved with the debate because she and her committee were able to fight for the benefits that this resolution would offer. Listening to feedback and different perspectives from nursing students all over the country as to how it would affect them and the culture or norms of the area they lived in was eye-opening. "I hope it starts a conversation because many women and men do not know the full range of options that are available. I want to use this resolution as a stepping-stone to help patients advocate for themselves. In some states, it is illegal to have a midwife but this can be the beginning of a conversation that enables patients have a voice and the platform to start a conversation," says Rosa.
Rosa also won two personal awards at the closing ceremony of this year's annual NSNA convention, the Health Policy and Advocacy Award for her "get out the vote" campaign which utilized Instagram to advocate for nursing students to educate themselves and vote based on what they had learned, and the Ethics and Governance Award for a video she made about the bylaws and amendment process for NSANYS which was posted on YouTube. Congratulations on all of your amazing success and for making a difference, Rosa!