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Longwood nursing student elected secretary of Virginia Nursing Students’ Association

February 25, 2011

Marsha Blevins
Marsha Blevins

Longwood University nursing major Marsha Blevins has been elected secretary of the Virginia Nursing Students' Association (VNSA).

Blevins, a sophomore from Powhatan who is a member of the inaugural class in Longwood's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, was elected Feb. 5 at the annual VNSA convention, held at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Her one-year term officially began Feb. 19 in a "transition" meeting at the VNSA headquarters in Charlottesville. As VNSA secretary, she will travel as a state representative to the Annual Convention of the National Student Nurses Association in Salt Lake City this April 6-10. She is a member of the VNSA board of directors and will attend monthly meetings, usually held in Charlottesville.

In addition to her office in the VNSA, Blevins is vice president of Longwood's Student Nursing Chapter, which is part of the statewide organization. She also is a member of the Shield program, the second component of Longwood's Joan of Arc Leadership Program.

Blevins this semester began her Longwood nursing clinicals, which are being done at The Woodland retirement community and Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville. She will have to complete 56 hours of clinical time this semester, which involves on-site care and interacting with patients.

"We are very proud of Marsha and believe that our Longwood University nursing students will lead the way in professional advocacy and citizen leadership at the local, state, and national levels," said Dr. Melody Eaton, chair of the Nursing Department.

Blevins is a graduate of Powhatan High School and is the daughter of Tom and Ella Blevins. At Powhatan High School, she was in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.

"That program gave me a chance to do clinicals and to see what nursing is like," Blevins said. Those clinicals were done at Johnston-Willis Hospital, Piedmont Geriatric Institute, and at some doctor's offices.

The VNSA is a student-managed organization representing future nurses from more than 75 nursing education programs throughout the state. The organization's official mission is "to advance professional nursing practice through student mentorship, community service and scholarship." The VNSA "fosters the professional and personal development of student nurses by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance."

Longwood's B.S.N. program, which was launched in fall 2009, has 34 sophomores and 40 freshmen. The program's goal is to admit 40 freshmen annually.