WITC Student Nurses Attend Nurses Day at the Capitol
student nurses from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond and
their advisors traveled to Madison on a 30-hour whirlwind trip to the capitol.
They attended Nurses Day at the Capitol, an annual March event sponsored by the
Wisconsin Nurses’ Association, designed to bring greater awareness to the
political power that exists in nursing.
WITC nursing instructor and student advisor, says she has strong feelings that
associate degree nurses need to be well grounded in the role of RNs, especially
two-year RNs. The trip “helps broaden their views and the responsibility of
nursing,” Howe says.
that the trip is considered a clinical class for WITC’s fourth semester
graduating students, and they are expected to attend. The group did receive some
financial assistance from the national student nurses’ association for the cost
of the coach bus.
packed a lot of activity into the trip. They heard keynote speakers from the
National American Nurses Association speak on this year’s theme of healthcare
reform. The underlying message was that nursing has big role in helping mold the
future of healthcare.
students also heard from state and national speakers, and had the opportunity to
meet face-to-face with Kitty Rhoades, Ann Hraychuck, John Murtha, and a member
of Sheila Harsdorf’s staff.
“Our nursing students were pleased to learn how very
approachable our legislators are and how interested they were to hear what
students have to say,” Howe says.“It's always a
very positive trip (to Madison). The legislator staffers are
excellent in scheduling meetings and this time we also had a quick tour of the
capitol. It was an excellent experience.”