Members of the Hofstra chapter of the National Students’ Nursing Association (NSNA) shared their experience as members of the university’s inaugural undergraduate nursing class at a recent youth career and education fair sponsored in partnership with the Roosevelt School District and state Sen. John E. Brooks of Massapequa.

Samantha Khan, Anna Cote, Victoria Bowman, Emily Valentine, Cailin Bernel, Samantha Kwon, Julianne Tammaro, Megan Giancheta, and Alannah Stenta, first-year nursing students at Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, met with Nassau County high school students, discussing the nursing profession as well as their own very recent experience applying for college. 

“The mission of the NSNA is to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses and to convey the standards, ethics, and skills that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession,” said Dr. Mary Ellen LaSala, chair of the undergraduate nursing department. “At this event, the Hofstra NSNA was able to share their experiences as recent high school students and as current nursing students. Peer to peer education is so important when educating others about the nursing profession and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.”

This latest outreach is one of many undertaken by the School as part of a $2.17 million, four-year grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services administration to increase workforce diversity among nurses in clinical and academic practice.