The Orono Student Nurses Association seeks to create an inclusive, supportive community for all nursing students regardless of age, experience or background. We aim to provide members with educational and service opportunities and provide a place for like-minded individuals to bond over their chosen career path.
Some advantages of being involved with OSNA include volunteer opportunities, getting to know other nursing students, as well as having another resource within the program to get help with classes and or clinical practice. One of our priorities this year is to enhance our student involvement and really prioritize the students. OSNA is a student resource and what better time than a pandemic than to take advantage of your student resources! As an organization, we have nursing students represented from all levels. Older students act as mentors for the younger students, as well as students of the same cohort can be used as a resource for anyone who needs anything ranging from nursing classes to general education.
One activity that OSNA does each year is attending the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Annual Convention. The NSNA Convention is a great opportunity for student nurses to explore the many different tiers of the profession. Due to COVID-19, this year we will not be attending NSNA. Our goal this year is to sponsor a trip that doesn’t require out of state travel while also encouraging student involvement with their peers through OSNA. Throughout the school year, OSNA tries to participate in at least one service event each month. OSNA participates in the Black BearTHON on-campus that benefits our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Northern Light.
Getting involved with OSNA is easy, just come to a meeting! OSNA is constantly welcoming new members. We have meetings every other Wednesday from 6-7 pm outside of Oxford Hall if the weather allows or via Zoom. Masks required for in person meetings and you can find the zoom link on our Instagram or Facebook page. Our meetings vary from having guest speakers to making homeless care kits. You can reach out to any officer to get specific information about meetings.
Keyana Miller (President) Keyana is from Chelmsford, MA. She is currently a second-semester, second-year in the Nursing program here at UMaine. Keyana organizes and runs OSNA meetings. She chose to become a nurse because growing up, her grandmother, a retired U.S AirForce Nurse, was her biggest inspiration. Keyana loves to travel and in her free time, she likes to read and play with her dog. In the future, she wants to be a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner working in a hospital with women doing pre and postpartum care.
Paige Solans (Vice President) Paige is from Gloucester, MA. Outside of OSNA and nursing, Paige enjoys rowing on the beautiful Stillwater River with the UMaine Crew Team. She also enjoys exploring the many trails alongside the Stillwater River as well as reading and painting in her free time.
Facebook: Orono Student Nurses Association
Thomas Allen (Treasurer) Tom is from Whitman, MA, 30 minutes south of Boston, and he is a second-year nursing student. In the future, he would like to become an ER Nurse in either Boston or Portland. Tom decided to become a nurse because his mom and many members of his family are nurses and he finds them very inspiring and everyone loves their job. Also, his mom has connected with most of her patients and has learned so much from them, and the rewarding feeling she comes home with repeatedly inspires Tom every day to become a nurse.
Fall 2019 Activities:
Suicide Prevention Walk Bangor
Waterfront September 2019. OSNA Raised $700 for Suicide Prevention within 4 days
Tanya Roy (Fundraising Chair) Tanya is the current fundraising chair of OSNA. She is a second-year Honors and nursing student here at UMaine. Tanya grew up in CT but she is originally from Canada and in her free time she likes to hike, paint, hang out with her doggos (that’s Snickers with me). Tanya is so grateful to be a part of a great organization like OSNA and she can’t wait to see where it brings us as future nurses.
Packages of essential toiletries for the homeless
These care kits consisted of things such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, feminine care products, and even basic first aid supplies. The care kits were then delivered to the Bangor Police Department who then distributed them out to the homeless shelters or homeless within the Bangor community.
Louisy Silva (Service Chair) Louisy is from Framingham, MA. She is currently a second-semester sophomore nursing student at the University of Maine. In the future, Louisy aspires to become a pediatric nurse. As the service chair, she organizes volunteer work, donations, and charity events. Her main goal is to give back to the community through OSNA
Jackie Kucia (Public Relations Chair) Jackie is a second-year second-semester nursing student with a minor in Spanish from southeastern Massachusetts. She is also involved in Greek life and the outing club. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and cooking. She plans on becoming a travel nurse in the future!
Lindy Bezgembluk (Education Chair) Lindy was born in Costa Rica and moved to the United States when she was just 6 years old. This is when she first learned English. She graduated from Bangor High School in 2018 where she played soccer, basketball, and softball. She is now a sophomore in the nursing program here at UMaine. Once she graduates, Lindy hopes to work in labor and delivery and maybe eventually go back and become a Midwife. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and family.
Lauren DeRogatis (All Years Representative) Lauren runs the blackboard for this organization where you can find updates about meetings and events within OSNA. She is currently a sophomore in the nursing program here at UMaine. Lauren is from Toms River, New Jersey. In her free time, she loves to snowboard with friends or sit down and watch a good movie.
Morgan Foley (Secretary) Morgan is from Hopedale, MA. She decided to go into nursing through the love of caring for patients and wanting to be in the process of helping people through difficult medical situations. Nursing is critical for patient care and having a small role in that care would be very rewarding. As for OSNA, Morgan is in charge of keeping track of attendance of the members, and when members help for community service and fundraiser events. Lastly, she helps contribute to the planning and preparation for events throughout the year.