Two HOSA students are pictured here presenting to judges during one of the HOSA competitions
On Friday, Jan. 18, Lee University’s School of Nursing (SON) hosted the Tennessee HOSA Lower East Regional Leadership Conference for future health professionals. Schools from Blount, Bradley, Hamilton, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Roane, and Sevier counties were eligible to participate in the conference.
Lee opened its campus to nearly 400 students for the event. Both written and hands-on competitions were held to provide HOSA members with the opportunity to demonstrate and further develop their knowledge and skills.
Many students had to compete within their own schools to come to the regional conference at Lee. Based on their performance at the regional conference, a select few will move on to the state level and some will go on to the international conference.
Last year, Ciera Smidt placed second at the international conference for nursing assisting. She is now enrolled as a freshman in Lee’s nursing program. “Like Ciera, many of these students take their competitions extremely seriously and are amazing representatives of their high schools,” said Jacob Fast, enrollment and advising specialist for the SON.
According to Fast, many Lee faculty volunteered to judge in the variety of competitions offered, such as creative problem solving, extemporaneous writing, job seeking skills, and physical therapy. The competition in health education, for example, was structured to demonstrate teamwork, planning, and teaching skills of health-related topics. Teams of students assembled a 32-page portfolio prior to the conference, which included lessons, instructions, and evaluated data collected during the school year all pertaining to a health-related concept.
According to Fast, the SON and offices across campus, such as event planning, physical plant, and campus security, helped the event run smoothly.
HOSA-Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education. Founded in 1976, HOSA has grown to having over 230,000 members.
HOSA’s mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.
For more information about Tennessee HOSA, visit http://www.tennesseehosa.org/about.html.
For more information about Lee’s SON, visit http://leeuniversity.edu/academics/nursing/.
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