All posts by Theresa Castillo

Nursing Student = Graduated Nurse

Makenzie Silcox is a graduate of the SPC nursing class of December 2018. Makenzie successfully completed all four levels of the nursing program and went on to successfully pass her NCLEX exam on the first try. Makenzie was hired by BayCare’s St. Joseph Children’s hospital in Tampa as a new graduated nurse. She will be starting the Pediatric Internship in the next two weeks. Way to go Makenzie! 

SPC Nursing Students to the Rescue

Level 3 Nursing students; Pa Ly, Emily Dwyer, Stephen Welch, and Aryan Szczarowski (not pictured) combing through 20 bags of soiled laundry searching for a client’s eye glasses after they were inadvertently placed in the linen bag after staff had changed the linens. The nurse manager, client and family recognized the nursing students by awarding them a certificate of appreciation and a monetary certificate to be used in the cafeteria of the hospital. Way to go SPC nursing students!!!

Kicking off Healthy Heart Month with SNA

This year the St. Petersburg College Student Nurses Association (SNA) decided to kick off it’s Healthy Heart month by hosting a badge making event, held here at the St. Petersburg College Health Education Center. The event took place on February 5th and February 6th and was a great success! The Health Education Center students were able take a serious mental break from the books and get in touch with their creative side for a change. All students from the different disciplines were welcome to participate in designing their own personalized ID badge holder. A current nursing student described the event as “refreshing” and also stated, “this was a fun way to take a break away from all the stress of studying and allow us to have a moment to do something different”. By hosting this event the SNA was able to raise over $100 in donations, which was very much appreciated. These donations will go towards future activities hosted by the SNA, which includes the Pinning Ceremony which is just a few short months away on May 9th. The St. Petersburg College SNA is extremely thankful for all off the nursing students that took time out from their already busy schedules to volunteer and help make this event super special. The Association is also appreciative of students from other programs that joined forces to help support the cause. The SNA is on a roll and is definitely looking forward to hosting more badge making events in the near future. With March just around the corner the SNA can’t wait to step things up a bit to host the annual Be the Match event, which will allow both students and faculty to register to a national database that matches stem cell donors to recipients. All participating students will have a chance to win a prize, so come on out and have some fun! As we push through 2019, be sure to stay tuned in for more details on upcoming SNA events.

Nursing Students Participated in the Great American Teach In

On November 14th and 15th St. Petersburg College Level 3 Nursing Students participated in the “Great American Teach In” in both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

This was a chance for the nursing students to visit the Public School Systems in the Tampa bay area to share their love of nursing with the future leaders of America.

The nursing students prepared approximately 20minute interactive presentations for as many as 25 students per class. The students ranged in age of 5 up to 17 years of age.

As you can see by these pictures everyone had an amazing time!

SNA Food Drive

St. Petersburg College Student Nurses Association (SNA) organized a November food drive to give back to our community this holiday season. For the month of November, we collected nonperishable food items from all four levels of our SPC RN nursing students. The food drive was held at the SPC Health Education Center located in Pinellas Park. In between studying for finals and diligently working to wrap up the semester, these nursing students were still committed to supporting their community during the holidays. To turn up the heat, we decided to host a competition between Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4. Level 3 took 1st place by collecting the most items, and Level 2 closely followed. With the help of the student nurses, we were able to collect a total of 109 food items to be donated to our local CASA shelter. Founded in 1977, CASA is a domestic violence shelter that provides support and lifesaving services to domestic violence survivors and their children. They also work with the community to build a network of support while empowering and advocating for the survivors. SPC’s Student Nurses Association was eager to organize this food drive and felt very passionate about the cause. These donations were delivered right on time for the Thanksgiving dinner that was provided to the participants living in shelter. They were very thankful for the donations and were elated that our St. Petersburg College’s SNA reached out in support of the CASA organization. Our donations contributed to feeding over 50 people that are currently staying in shelter. Pictured below are a few of the members of SPC’s SNA organization with their Thanksgiving collection bins that were used for the food drive. Also pictured is Jennifer Farmbry, the Secretary for the Student Nurses Association, and Lauren Frawley, CASA’s Donor Services coordinator