Norfolk State University nursing students displayed an entire body of work representing their past year’s academic and civic efforts in a unique project – a pop-up scrapbook. Their creativity paid off with the first place prize at the 2017 Virginia Nursing Students Association (VNSA) State Convention. The awards ceremony was held on February 11. Professor Sandra J. Olanitori said that six students participated in the scrapbook project. “VNSA is a student-run organization that represents over 1,200 future nurses by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities and career guidance.” The scrapbook project was judged and scored in several aspects including scrapbook cover, membership activities, community service and legislative projects, school programs, etc. In addition to these categories, creativity and photography were also scored. Norfolk State received a score of 10 in each category, the highest individual category score possible.
Besides the competition, students also participated in educational workshops, keynote sessions, a delegate assembly, scholarship presentations and an awards session designating superlatives in faculty support, nursing student of the year, most active constituency award, a writing award and an excellence in teaching award.
Norfolk State’s nursing students also won first place in the 2015 state convention scrapbook contest and were the only nursing school delegation from Hampton Roads.