UNF student elected president of National Student Nurses’ Association

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Douglas Davis, a senior in the Brooks College of Health’s School of Nursing at the University of North Florida, was recently elected president of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA), the nation's largest pre-professional membership organization. 

Davis, a combat veteran of the United States Army, will serve as chair of the NSNA Executive Committee; member of the NSNA Finance Committee; member of the Council of State Presidents Planning Committee; and as an ex-officio member of the FNSNA Foundation Board of Trustees with his new role as president. According to a press release from the university, this is the fourth time a UNF student has held this national nursing leadership role.

“UNF’s School of Nursing continues to stand out amongst all other colleges; we’re proud to say Doug is our fourth national president in the past 16 years,” said Dr. Judy Comeaux, program director for the UNF School of Nursing’s regular prelicensure program, in the press release. “A record not only for the University but also for NSNA as the organization has never had these many presidents from one school.”

A St. Augustine resident, Davis has served in various leadership roles prior to his election, including serving in the Florida Nursing Student Association as the Northeast Region 2 member, as well as the Legislative and Policy chair. After his election, he participated in two legislative advocacy trips to Tallahassee and Washington D.C. 

NSNA’s mission is to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses and to convey the standards, ethics and skills students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession. 

The School of Nursing at UNF offers a wide variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The program has a community-based, population-focused curriculum corresponding to changes in healthcare delivery trends. 

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