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PANA Student Update
I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season and a great start to the new year. SRNAs, maybe you even had a couple days off to regroup and relax a bit. It is amazing to think about what I have learned over the past year and a half. As students we are learning didactically and clinically every day, but I never quite realized what went on in this profession behind the scenes.
Last January I was given the opportunity to attend the AANA’s 2018 Mid-Year Assembly MYA) as a sponsored student by PANA in April of 2018. Fast forward to April and I’m on my way to Washington, D.C. and was still not 100% sure what to expect. I have never met such a welcoming group of people that made sure I felt included and had all of my questions answered. Over the next few days we attended lectures on important topics and how to present them to the staff of U.S. Senators and the House of Representatives. The biggest thing I learned during the MYA and the months to follow was how much work goes on behind the scenes in this profession. There are so many individuals that work tirelessly for the sake of this profession, both at the federal and state level.
As a student PANA board member, I am grateful for the knowledge and new experiences that I am obtaining in this new role. It is important for everyone to step out of our comfort zones and try something new. I am hoping to continue learning as much as I can from these experiences in 2019.
Amanda Palombini RN, BSN, SRNA