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Schwartzenberger receives award

The University of Mary chapter of the Nursing Student Association recognized Napoleon native Kali Schwartzenberger as the Student Nurse of the Year (SNOY) for this school year. The (SNOY) contest is to recognize an outstanding nursing student, to...

 

The University of Mary chapter of the Nursing Student Association recognized Napoleon native Kali Schwartzenberger as the Student Nurse of the Year (SNOY) for this school year.

The (SNOY) contest is to recognize an outstanding nursing student, to stimulate interest in the NSA, to promote communication between schools and students across North Dakota, and to stimulate public interest and awareness of nursing student activities.

“This is an absolute honor and privilege to be nominated for this award, not only by my peers and professors, but by other nurses and business professionals as well,” she said.

Schwartzenberger was chosen through a threepart process: faculty selection of six junior nursing students; a classmate vote limited to three candidates and a three-panel interview of candidates by career professionals. Other nominees included junior Hayley Rappuhn, of Fessenden. The junior nursing class voted for its top three candidates, who were then interviewed by a panel of judges.

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Personal and professional criteria for receiving this distinction include ability in public speaking; potential to develop physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities necessary for success as an individual and a nurse; the ability to express views on current events and problems; the ability to meet physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social needs of patients; belief in elevated standards of nursing care demonstrated by word and actions; leadership; understanding of the principles behind nursing care; and loyalty to the profession.

As SNOY for the local chapter, Schwartzenberger will serve as a chairperson for recruitment into the school, conduct next year’s SNOY contest, and attend and actively participate in local chapter events.

S c h w a r t z e n b e r g e r ’ s plans include either working in the post-anesthesia care unit or postpartum area.

Schwartzenberger, a 2015 Napoleon High School graduate, is the daughter of Mary and Terry Schwartzenberger, Napoleon.

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