BC nursing students elected to state offices

Published 2:08 pm Friday, November 20, 2009

Two members of Bainbridge Association of Nursing Students (BANS) at Bainbridge College, who are pursuing studies in the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program, were elected to office at the annual Georgia Association of Nursing Students State Conference.

They were among the eight BANS members to attend the conference, which had the theme of “The Many Faces of Nursing.”

Among those many faces were Bainbridge residents Larry Hancock, who was elected to the Nominations and Elections Committee South District, and BC freshman Jason Tabb, who was elected South District director.

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In addition to Hancock and Tabb, BC students attending the conference were Krista Hitson of Climax, Dorthy Marshburn of Bainbridge and Will Tyus of Brinson, who served as delegates, and Bainbridge residents David Curry, who was an alternate delegate, Wendy Strickland, formerly of Sneads, Fla., and Charity Trawick.

Students actively participated in the House of Delegates, debating resolutions, giving speeches and voting on issues that affect nursing education at the state and national levels, said BANS Adviser Rhonda Payne, who accompanied the group to the Oct. 15-18 conference in Athens at the Classic Center. The students also learned excellent nursing content in classes presented at the conference, she said.

In addition to their specific duties for Georgia, Hancock and Tabb will represent GANS at the National Association of Nursing Students Conference in April.

The newly elected board met after the state conference to establish goals for the upcoming year consistent with the 2009-10 GANS theme, “Spring into Nursing … Fall into Your Career.”

GANS is the official state organization for students enrolled in registered nurse programs in Georgia.

“Participation in professional organizations enhances the nursing knowledge and professionalism of individuals and is critical to the nursing profession,” Payne said. “I am very proud of the way that this group of students represented Bainbridge College and their profession.”