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Eleanor Nilson

2005 Student RN Ambassador Award Winner

Jean Smithson-Bell (left), Project Manager for CNCC, with Eleanor Nilson, winner of the 2005 Student RN Ambassador Award

Eleanor Nilson is this year’s recipient of the Student Nurse Ambassador Award. Presented at the California Nursing Students Association (CNSA) conference held in Monterey, California, Eleanor was chosen because of her outstanding outreach activities.

The Student Nurse Ambassador Award is designed to recognize a nursing student’s active participation and commitment to nursing through outreach efforts. Eleanor, who is a second year student at San Diego State University, was presented with a Littman Stethoscope and a plaque. She will graduate in May 2007 with a BSN degree.

“I am glad that CNCC awards students for being nurse advocates,” says Eleanor. “Being chosen as CNCC’s Student Nurse Ambassador is gratifying after putting in many hours of work into student nursing organizations,” she says.

When Eleanor attended the state convention in Long Beach, California, earlier this year, she was there as a delegate for San Diego State University. She was also a write-in candidate for state legislative director and won. During her tenure, she chaired the Resolution and Legislative Committee and co-authored, with the CNSA Board of Directors, a resolution titled, “Flo’s Cookie Jar.” The intent of the resolution is to provide emergency funding to California nursing students who are at risk of dropping out of their nursing programs. The resolution was presented at this year’s 2005 CNSA convention in Monterey.

At the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, she attended as a delegate for her school chapter. She and two other classmates delivered a thirty-minute power point presentation called Project In Touch (PIT). PIT is a membership recruitment program implemented at San Diego State University School of Nursing that has been successful in recruiting CNSA and NSNA membership. “I feel that nursing becomes a way of life, and that being involved in professional organizations helps bring that to the public’s attention,” says Eleanor.

Eleanor’s participation in many community events in San Diego County has been rewarding for her. She walked in Balboa Park with hundreds of other San Diegans who are breast cancer survivors and advocates for early breast cancer detection. She spent an entire weekend building cabinets for Habitat for Humanity. Hard work she says, but it felt good knowing it was for a good cause. She helped collect canned food for the hungry at Thanksgiving and Christmas and did a combination walk and run around Santana High School’s track to support Relay for Life with her peers. She also ran for San Diego State University’s School of Nursing Community Health Director for the 2005-06 academic year. She works tirelessly with her chapter’s board of directors and the community health committee to plan activities that students can attend to support their community.

Congratulations Eleanor!