Melby wins National Student Nurses’ Association contest

Melby wins National Student Nurses' Association contest Lynette Melby, a University of South Dakota Department of Nursing student, won the Nursing Spectrum Essay Contest for the National Student Nurses' Association.

Her essay, titled "Passion and Possibility" addressed the topic of getting more underrepresented populations to become nurses.

The honor includes a free trip to Scandinavia (Aug. 7-14) for one, air and meals included, a $1,000 stipend, complimentary registration to the NSNA 53rd Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, UT (April 6-10), a plaque from the NSNA Leadership U Certificate, and publication of her essay in Imprint, Nursing Spectrum, and Nurse Week. In Scandinavia, Melby will have the opportunity to visit hospitals in Norway and Sweden.

Melby titled her essay "Passion and Possibility" because she believes that one needs to spark the passion for nursing in an individual, and then provide information on available resources so that they can actually make it happen.

"Too many people ? young, middle aged, and older ? aren't aware of the opportunities that are out there to further their education," said Melby.

Melby graduated from USD's nursing program in May 2005 and will complete her bachelor of science in health services administration from the USD School of Business in the next year.�She was also chosen by her peers this year as USD's Outstanding Student Nurse.

She has worked in healthcare for many years and is currently an employee of the Human Services Center in Yankton.

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