Nursing students take health topics to the General Assembly

VNA Day at the General Assembly

(2-18-13) Students from Camille Burnett’s health policy class (in the State House, at right) traveled to Richmond to meet with Virginia Delegate David Toscano and Senator Creigh Deeds (below) earlier this month for the 28th annual Nurses’ Day at the General Assembly.

In preparation for their visit, each student prepared a short advocacy letter focused on an area of importance in health policy for the future, including the Affordable Care Act, mental health and chronic disease. Students heard from William Hazel, Virginia’s secretary for Health and Human Resources, Cynthia Romero, the state’s health VNA Day, nursing students visit General Assembly commissioner, Loressa Cole, the president of the Virginia Nurses Association, as well as keynote speaker Barbara Cohoon, deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association.

"What an experience!" said professor Burnett, who accompanied the students to Richmond. "The feedback from the students has been fabulous. They truly enjoyed and appreciated being apart of and learning from this experience."

Student attendees included Katy Klein Meinbresse, Sarah McLean, Meagan Van Assche, Christine Stacy, Catharine Carty, Joseph Ryan, Amy West, Laura Wegner, Jenny Mooney, Mary Anderson, Shayna Bronstein and Leigh Bastable Poitevent.