NSU Nursing Student Attends International Conference
Thursday, July 2, 2015
(NSU NEWSROOM—July 01, 2015)---A Norfolk State University student recently traveled down under during summer break to participate at an international conference on nursing and healthcare.
Kali Nason, 25, a nursing major from Virginia Beach, recently returned from Australia—the world’s seventh largest continent--to participate in the International Scholar Laureate Program Delegation on Nursing and Healthcare. Nason was selected to attend the conference through NSU’s award-winning Golden Key International Honour Society.
Nason, who also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Radford University, enrolled at Norfolk State in 2011 in the accelerated nursing degree program. The senior is president of the NSU Student Nurses’ Association and is a member of the BSN Honor Society, Medical Reserve Corps and the National Student Nurses Association among other groups.
Nason said she applied to Norfolk State while working as a phlebotomist in Virginia Beach. She said she realized she wanted to be a nurse a few months after entering the workforce.
“One day, I heard my co-workers talk about the Norfolk State Nursing program,” Nason said. “After I looked at the program, I saw that NSU would provide me with the most resources for what I wanted to do, especially as a second-degree student.
“It is one of the best decisions I have made. The faculty are very supportive of the students here.”
During the trip, which was Nason’s first study-abroad experience, she visited two of the Australia’s largest cities, Sydney and Brisbane. Nason participated in a case study project with a group of students from other countries about the Aborigines in Australia. The group studied health disparities between Aborigines and other Australian citizens as it relates to drug abuse, alcohol abuse and diabetes.
The nursing student said the trip was beneficial because she learned about the healthcare field from an international perspective and about another country’s culture.
“It was a very exciting experience,” Nason said. “This program has some of the best and brightest students from across the globe and I had the privilege of participating in their delegation.”
A portion of Nason’s travel costs were funded through the International Scholar Laureate Program and through the NSU Foundation.