KCON Nursing Alumni Holds its First Roundtable Discussion

On March 22, 2006 the KCON Alumni Chapter invited current nursing students to a nursing roundtable discussion. Five nursing alumni returned to Grand Valley's Cook-Devos Center to share their nursing experiences. The table topics included; What to look for in accepting a first nursing position, accepting a position in Intensive Care or ER after graduation, purchasing nursing insurance, support systems after graduation, and how to handle physician/coworker conflict. The Student Nursing Association, SNA, co-hosted the event by encouraging students to attend. Over 30 students enjoyed the evening. It was a great opportunity for students to ask questions to working professionals. Special thanks to Jacqueline Griffin, SNA President, Alumni Relations, Linda Bond, and Dean Gendler for supporting the KCON Alumni Chapters efforts.

Below are photos from the event.

KCON Alumni Chapter Board Member Sharon Zinnah assists with registration

Alumni Speaker Kristi Potts shares with the KCON Students

(L-R) Group Elaine Leigh '02 (KCON Alumni Chapter President), Judy Knape, Mary Barr '97 & '02, Kristi Potts '79, Amy Majeski '02, and Natasha Peoples '03.

Natasha Peoples RN, BSN

I graduated Cum Laude from GVSU's Kirkhof School of Nursing in December 2000, where I received the Banta/Perkins Award for Nursing Excellence and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International. My nursing career began on Labor & Delivery at Spectrum's Blodgett Campus in January 2001. In July 2003, the OB department at Blodgett merged with Butterworth, and I have been working there ever since, first as a staff and OB triage RN on L&D, and, over the last year, in the charge nurse role as well.. I am certified in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation, am a member of AWHONN, and have received education in Advanced Fetal Monitoring and Perinatal Bereavement. I've participated as a preceptor and mentor in my role on the unit, and more recently as a member of the JCAHO committee and one of Labor & Delivery's JCAHO champions, striving to integrate systems that ensure patient safety throughout our unit and practices. I am constantly thrilled and challenged by my work as part of a dynamic team of nurses on a high-volume unit that delivers nearly 8,000 babies and has over 10,000 triage visits every year.

Amy Majeski RN, BSN

My background was EMS before nursing and I have worked with the ED since graduation. I am the West Michigan ENA vice president and am involved in conference planning with them. I will highly recommend any student to contact their job specific organization to remain up to date with their nursing specialty. I work currently at North Ottawa Community Hospital ED and I teach MA students at Ross Medical Education Center.

Kristi Potts RN, BSN

I am a 1979 graduate of the GVSU nursing program. I started my career in ICU and then moved to the ER after 10 yrs. I currently work at Holland Hospital Trauma Nurse Coordinator, and as a ACLS, TNCC, ENPC Instructor.

Mary Barr RN, MSN

I graduated from KSON in '97 BSN and MSN 2002. I worked as a critical care nurse at St. Mary's for 5 years before joining the Sleep Medicine Group at MMPC. We are affiliated with the Spectrum Health Sleep Disorders Center, and St. Mary's Sleep Disorders Center. I have been Secretary for the Kappa Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau for 2 years and am interested in all aspects of sleep medicine, and the role of Nurse Practitioners in specialty practice.

Judy Knape RN, BSN

I graduated from the RN-BSN program in 2002. Currently, I am the director of the Outpatient Wound Clinic at St. Mary's.

We look forward to future events.