Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Join the SNA Board of Directors

Applications are currently being accepted for all positions. Click on the image or the link to view and download the application and nomination packet. Applications are due by April 16. View application packet

the jouRNey - Issue 2

Issue 2 is here! Click on the image or here to read the latest installment of "the jouRNey"!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Blood drive

Join the SNA saving lives by donating blood. Click on the picture for more information.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


The SNA is hosting a bingo night on March 28! Prizes will be rewarded to those who win! Click on the picture for more information!

Family fun night

Come out, take a break, and have some fun! Friends and Family night at Boomers in Vista! Click on the picture for more information!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A day in the life of an RN… Guest speaker series

Please note the new time (previously 1145-1245). Come join us as Rebecca Plumlee, BSN, PHN, RN, Cohort 3 alumnus and former SNA president presents on a career in medical / surgical nursing. Click on the picture for more information!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rock climbing event

Come rock climbing with the SNA this Thursday! Click on the picture for more details!

ER guest speaker event

On November 21, Professor Louise Hummel spoke on the topic of emergency nursing.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Photos from meet and great with Dr. Chu

Click on the photo to view the album on Facebook from the event!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Come bowling with the SNA!

A great night of fun at Vista Entertainment Center this Wednesday! Click on the picture for more information!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Support the Women's Resource Center!

Get into the spirit of giving! Donate or volunteer during the Women's Resource Center Spirit of Giving Party! Click on the picture for more information!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

First of guest speaker series: ER Nursing

Come join Professor Louise Hummel as she shares her insight into the ER nursing specialty! Have a chance to ask questions, learn about the emergency department, and the role nurses perform. Click on the picture for more information!

SNA T-shirts and hoodies!

Talk to your cohort rep or treasurer to order your SNA T-shirt or Hoodie!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Come meet our Dean!

A chance to meet the Dean of the new College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Dr. Chu! Click on the picture for more information!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Board of directors meeting to be held on Monday

A Board of Directors meeting will be held Monday, November 7th in room 217, from 1600 to 1700. Guests are welcome and provided time to raise any issues they may have.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Claim Jumper Fundraiser

The CSUSM SNA is holding a fundraiser at the Claim Jumper in Carlsbad. The date will be Saturday, October 8th from 11:00am-10:30pm. 15% of the profits from the night will benefit our Student Nurses Association. In order to receive 15% of the profits, each person wishing to support us must present the flyer found by clicking here. The flyers may be distributed to any friends, family, or businesses. Those presenting the flyer do not need to be students or faculty of CSUSM. In addition, absolutely no flyers are to be distributed on Claim Jumper premises. Thank you and hope to see you there!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Restarting the jouRNey!

After a hiatus, the new issue of the jouRNey newsletter is out! It can be found by clicking here! Copies are available throughout the school of nursing as well. We encourage you to pick up a copy and read through it!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Beach Day Social

There will be a beach day social on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 12:00 PM at Oceanside beach near the dock and fire-pits. There will be volleyball, Frisbee, football, horseshoes, and other fun beach activities. All NSNA members are invited along with any persons who are interested in joining Cal State San Marcos’s NSNA chapter. This will be a great opportunity to meet the most senior and most junior nursing students at CSUSM and will be one of the last days to enjoy San Diego’s sun and beach. Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 9, 2011


The CNSA annual convention is approaching quickly! It will be held on October 21-23 in Sacramento and costs $65 in registration fees if paid before the 16th of September. After that, fees will increase to $75. You will not regret attending this convention, it will be a great time full of learning opportunities and inspiration! Visit CNSA.org for more information!

Board of Directors meeting

The Board of Directors will be holding their first meeting on Monday, September 12th in the School of Nursing from 1600-1700. The actual room number is unknown at this point as we cannot view room availability due to campus closure. If there are any location changes we will post it at the front desk of the School of Nursing, but we do not anticipate this happening. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Blood drive

The SNA is sponsoring a blood drive by the American Red Cross. It will take place on Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM in Kellogg Plaza. All donors will receive a free appetizer coupon from Mimi's Café and may enter a regional drawing for a $1,500 American Express Gift Card!

To make an appointment, sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org and use the code CSUSM. Identification will be required

With any questions, please contact Lisa at csusm.sna.community.health@gmail.com or (760) 443-4851.

To contact the American Red Cross, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or go to HelpSaveALife.org.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome from the President

Welcome to the new nursing cohorts and congratulations for your acceptance into the Nursing Program! Nursing is a great profession with countless opportunities. However, there is no avoiding the endless reading, overwhelming course load, countless clinical hours, examinations, and papers to earn the five letters after your name, BSN, RN. It is assuring to say that it will all be worth it in the end. One piece of advice that I could give you all from my experience thus far, is to allow yourself time to learn. You may feel at times that nothing will ever make sense and that the expectations are set too high. I can tell you now, as a senior nursing student, that it will all come together at some point. Upperclassmen have often told me the same thing when I was at your point in the program but I did not believe them. I now can admit that they were right. A nursing professor once told me during office hours, "Nursing is like a puzzle." I agree with this statement and it parallels my advice to you. When you build a puzzle, you cannot fully see what It is supposed to be. However, the more pieces of the puzzle you collect, the more you understand the big picture. Nursing school and nursing in general is the same way. Imagine that each lecture, clinical, and patient care experience gives you a couple pieces of the puzzle. At the beginning of the program, you won't really understand the big picture because you only know as much as the pieces given to you. As you progress, you collect more pieces and start putting them together. By the end of your last medical/surgical rotation, you should be able to have developed a good grasp of the "big picture." You will understand how the pharmacology, pathophysiology, nursing interventions, MD orders, and interdisciplinary care all interrelate for the care of one patient.

Take it from me, nursing school is challenging but worthwhile. We all are high achieving students capable of completing the program. Believe in yourself, allow yourself time to learn, and create memories with your cohort as you collect the pieces of the puzzle.

Vincent Tan-Torres
Student Nurses Association President 2011-2012

Annual Mixer and Welcome

All nursing students are welcome! Please click on the picture to read about this great event. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 13, 2011

New Board of Directors

Starting a new school year brings about a lot of changes. One of these changes is a new board of directors for the SNA. Congratulations to all of those who have been elected. We'll all be looking forward to a great year.

President- Vincent Tan-Torres
Vice President- Gina Lizarraga
Secretary- Sarah Manning
Treasurer- Brooke Adam
Legislative Director- John James
Newsletter Correspondent- Dawn Morrison
Health & Human Services Correspondent- Elisabeth Pidwerbecki
Web Design Coordinator- Nick Strizver
National Informant- John Lyon
Recruiter- Holly Lovejoy
Community Health Project Coordinator- Lisa Blakeslee
Activities Director- Tyler Dean
Breakthrough to Nursing Director- Justin Constantino
Fundraising Coordinator- Kristy Kent

Email addresses for these positions can be found by clicking here or on the "Board of Directors" link above.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Claim Jumper! Community Support Night (Apr. 8th, Fri)


Hungry?! Thirsty?! YES YOU ARE!

Come out to Claim Jumper in Carlsbad, April 8th (Friday) and present the following flyer to help benefit and support CSUSM School of Nursing and the graduating class of 2011! 15% of your Pre-Tax food & beverage total will help benefit.

WHERE: Claim Jumper: 5958 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad
TIME: 11am - 11pm

Click & Print the flyer below and take it to Claim Jumper!
Claim Jumper Flyer

Panda Express FUNDRAISER (Apr. 4th, Mon)

Help Cohort 4 Fund Raise for their Pinning Ceremony!

Just click the link below, print it out, and take it to Panda Express off San Marcos Blvd from 11am - 10pm!

Panda Express Fundraiser Fyler! - Click Here

Monday, March 7, 2011

COME SUPPORT: Aid2Africa Benefit Concert (Mar. 12)

Aid2Africa - Flyer

Everyday millions world-wide live without adequate and proper medical care. Each year California State University San Marcos School of Nursing takes a select group of student applicants to provide international nursing care and relief to underserved
populations. Our goal includes providing quality nursing care/treatments and health education to the ill, homeless and impoverished families living in Swaziland, Botswana; Lesotho, Southern Africa. Unfortunately, these groups are without even the basic supplies needed for medical attention and care.

The students of CSUSM School of Nursing are hoping to secure donations to aid us in providing care to these vulnerable populations in March-April 2011. By organizing a benefit concert, the “Aid 2 Africa Project” team and GSYAM (Good Shepherd Young Adult Ministry) are collaborating to raise sufficient funds for medical supplies and other basic necessities for the impoverished villages.

WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 2011.
WHERE: Good Shepherd Parish Hall, 8200 Gold Coast Drive, San Diego, Ca 92126.
TIME: 7:00pm, doors open at 6:15pm.
Tickets prices: the week of the event $12.

Performers include:
-Tipping Point Band
-Nessa Rica Ramos
-Raven’s Grace
-Joey Orate Band
-Jasmine Commerce
-Keshia Lee
-UCSD Gospel Choir and more
-Cita N Crys (Cohort 4!)

To purchase tickets: please free to contact our project leaders/coordinators Karen Fernandez or Crystal Ramos: aid2africaproject@gmail.com. Also visit the “Aid 2 Africa Project” website for more updates or ways to donate: www.aid2africaproject.tumblr.com. Thank you!


Are you ready for the NCLEX? Need some help?

Hurst Review is offering a free informational meeting regarding the NCLEX-RN exam. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 18 from 12:00pm-1:00pm at SMACC 217. Lunch is to be provided.

Kaplan Test Prep is offering a free seminar “NCLEX-RN Test Day Strategies.” Kaplan is scheduled for Monday, March 14 from 5:00pm,-6:00pm at SMACC 217. By attending the seminar, you can take advantage of a $75 on-the-spot discount on Kaplan classroom courses. Moreover, a FREE Kaplan Review and other NCLEX-related prizes will be raffled at this meeting. The seminar will include: What to expect on test day, Why content review alone is not enough to prepare for the exam, Kaplan strategies for answering NCLEX passing level questions, How Kaplan is different from other review courses, including information on the Kaplan Money Back Guarantee.

Each of these programs offers a different approach to NCLEX success. These informational meetings are highly recommended and students are encouraged to attend both sessions.

Space and supplies are limited, as both graduating cohorts are invited, so please be sure to RSVP in order to ensure sufficient lunch spread, seating, and handout materials.

RSVP HERE: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7QG9VY2
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

NURSE JOB FAIR! (Feb. 14, Mon)

CSUSM Nurse Job Fair

When: Monday, Feb 14, 2011
Time: 11:00 to 1:00
Where: Plaza area outside the Palomar Pomerado Health building

**Remember to dress in professional/interview attire and act professional at all times! You never know who may be watching.
*Also, bring copies of resumes just in case

Monday, February 7, 2011


Beginning Monday, February 7, 2011.
The new hours will be as follows:

Mondays - Open at 7:30 & Closed at 5:30
Tuesdays thru Thursdays - Open at 7:30 & Closed at 6:00
Fridays - Open at 7:30 & Closed at 5:00

Monday, October 11, 2010


old town


Solid Rock Gym
Thursday, Oct. 14th
6:00-9:00 PM
Cost: $10 for Day Pass & Rental Gear
Must bring College/Military ID

992 Rancheros Dr
San Marcos, CA 92069-7032
(760) 480-1429

Sunday, May 16, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2010 Graduating Nursing Students!

Congratulations and wonderful job to all the CSUSM Cohorts who graduated this weekend!

All your hard work has paid off. May many more opportunities and blessings come your way. We know you will all be amazing nurses!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Passing of the Torch.. A New SNA President

rebeccas1Rebecca Sanborn (Cohort 3), CSUSM SNA President 2009-2010, is graduating at the end of this Spring 2010 semester after 3 wonderful years of Nursing School. On behalf of the SNA and of the entire Nursing School, thank you for all your hard work and all you've done and sacrificed for us students. You are very much appreciated. We wish you the best. Congratulations!

As the torch is passed, vuthros1 Vuth Ros (Cohort 4) is elected the new CSUSM SNA President for the 2010-2011 year. Congratulations! The SNA is excited for the future.

The JouRNey: Issue #4 (May 2010) is here!

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The JouRNey Newsletter Issue #4 May 2010 is here!
And is a great one to end the 2009-2010 school year.

wilmSPECIAL THANKS and shout out goes to Wil Manguil, your Newsletter Correspondent, for all his hard work on these amazing newsletters! He is graduating at the end of this semester with Cohort 3.. Congratulations and thank you for getting these to us.

(p.s. If you are interested, we are looking to fill this Newsletter Correspondent position!)

Click the link below to download the entire newsletter..
The JouRNey Issue #4 May 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Need Help?! Become a Peer Mentor or Peer Mentee!

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The CSUSM School of Nursing is starting up the Peer Mentorship Program!

Need with with studying, papers, etc? This is for you! Become a Peer Mentee!
Get more involved and become a Peer Mentor!
(p.s. it looks good on your resume!)

Contact Hope Mondala (Cohort 3)
for questions/concerns @ hopemondala@gmail.com

More Info? Click link below to see and download the flyer..
Peer Mentorship Flyer

Thursday, May 6, 2010


PRESIDENT – Vuth Ros, Cohort 4

VICE PRESIDENT – Laila Aidun, Cohort 4

LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR – Darren Montano, Cohort 4

SECRETARY – Gina Lizarraga, Cohort 5

TREASURER – Karla Garcia, Cohort 4

NEWS LETTER CORRESPONDENT – Open, to be filled by appointment

HHS CORRESPONDENT – Kimberly Brown, Cohort 4

WEB DESIGN COORDINATOR – Mark Montillano, Cohort 4

NATIONAL INFORMANT – Ashley Branstine, Cohort 4


CSUSM SNA RECRUITER – Rochelle Cathay, Cohort 4

COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT COORDINATOR – Open, to be filled by appointment




Cohort 4 – Kity Herrera

Cohort 5 – Megan Domich

Cohort 6 – Open *incoming cohort

ABSN Tem 4 – Katie Barnes

ABSN San Marcos 3 – Open *incoming cohort

ABSN Tem 5 – Open*incoming cohort


Cohort 4 – Nataly Lopez

Cohort 5 – Open

Cohort 6 – Open *incoming cohort

ABSN Tem 4 – Nikala Prowznick

ABSN San Marcos 3 – Open *incoming cohort

ABSN Tem 5 – Open *incoming cohort


Bylaws Committee

Chair: Darren Montano


Peer Mentorship Committee

Chair: open


  1. Natalie Martin

Community Health Projects Committee

Chair: Open


  1. Kimberly Brown
  2. Kathleen Woodward

Fundraising Committee

Chair: Kristy Kent


  1. Edna Forasdoro
  2. Donna Armenti

Finance Committee

Chair: Karla Garcia

All cohort treasurers are on this committee

Activities Committee

Chair: Stephanie Ocampo


1. Rosy Alfaro

2. Brittney Bonahoom

3. Ashley Branstine

4. Rochelle Cathay

5. Arabelle Crucillo

6. Karla Garcia – Ramirez

7. Mark Montillano

8. Stephanie Ocampo

9. Jenica Spinato

Elections Committee

Chair: Vuth Ros


Friday, April 16, 2010



Tri City is to host a prescription drug take back day this Saturday April 17th from 9am - 1pm. Bring your expired and unused prescription medication to be disposed of. TCMC pharmacists will be here to answer any questions. If you have any questions about the event, contact Carol Mudgett at mudgettca@tcmc.com or (760)940-3597. Hope to see you Saturday morning! Help reduce youth access to drugs!

Please click the link below to download the full flyer..
TCMC Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Monday, April 12, 2010


Board of Directors
The CSUSM Student Nurses Association preparing to elect a new Board of Directors.

A current SNA Board Member will be coming to speak to your cohort about elections. If interested in a position please submit a bio to Rebecca Sanborn (
sanbo001@cougars.csusm.edu) by 4/21/10 and indicate which position you are running for.

Elections will be held from 4/25/10 to 4/28/10 online. New Board members will be inducted on 5/3/10 at the CSUSM SNA Board Meeting.

Please let Rebecca know if you have any questions.

Please click links below for open positions and descriptions.

2010 CSUSM Elections - Open Positions
2010 Committee Elections Ballot


The CSUSM Student Nurses Association is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Tuesday May 4, from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm. Registration begins at 9:45 am, and the event will take place at the Kellogg Plaza (by the Starbuck's and third floor of the library) on campus.

We really appreciate your consideration, and if you are unable to donate, feel free to tell friends and family members about the drive. Please note that you can sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org, using the code: CSUSM. You are welcome as a walk-in, and there will be a sign-up sheet to view available time slots. The entire process takes about 45 min-1 hr, with the actual blood donation taking about 10 minutes. You will be required to show a photo ID, and it is recommended that you drink plenty of fluids beforehand.

For further information about donating, please go to www.redcrossblood.org, or email Jessie George at georg028@cougars.csusm.edu.


Two volunteers will be need to take Blood Pressures at two different senior center locations in Vista on April 20th and 21th.

Come and help in this wonderful health promotion donating one hour of your time.

For more information, please call Claudia Jones 760-805-9291 or e-mail me at claudi1627@hotmail.com.

For more websites and community events please click the link below. Get involved!
Health Promotion and Awareness

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Want to Volunteer? San Diego Mud Run! (March 21)

CSUSM SNA is looking for 6 volunteers to work the first aid stations (providing mainly basic first aid. Occasionally something more serious) on Sunday March 21st at the San Diego Mud Run!

This is only for a few hours and volunteers are provided with a shirt and free lunch.

Please contact Rebecca Sanborn at sanbo001@cougars.csusm.edu right away if you are interested in volunteering. You will receive additional information at that time. Thank you!

For more info on the event visit.. San Diego Mud Run.com

Take Back the Parks ~ Chelsea's Light Run for Chelsea

The CSUSM Student Nurses Association would like to invite ALL Nursing students to participate in the following event:

What: Chelsea's Light Run for Chelsea - Take back the Parks
When: Saturday March 20, 2010 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Where: Lake Hodges

Purpose: To finish the run on Chelsea's behalf. This is to celebrate and remember both Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.

Please wear blue or orange. Come to walk, run or jog this short 3 mile course. Bring children, family, friends, and pets if you like!

*Park at Westfield North County Fair beginning at 7:00am to be shuttled over to the run site

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

GET HELP! Kaplan NCLEX-RN Strategy Seminar!

Are you going to take the NCLEX soon?!

Well be prepared for it! Come and check out the Kaplan Strategy Seminar at the SMACC Building.

WHEN: Monday March 15, 2010
Time: 3-4pm
Where: SMACC Conference Room

**Free gift for all who attend.
***Free NCLEX-RN Medications Book for enrolling on the spot (Paid in full or $50 deposit)

Pizza & refreshments will be provided!

Reserve your spot now! Contact below...
Hope Mondala (hopemondala@gmail.com; 760-583-4071)
Angela Quan (angela.quan003@gmail.com)

Click link below to download full flyer..
Kaplan NCLEX-RN Stragety Seminar Flyer

Monday, March 8, 2010

Newest Issue of "The JouRNey" is out! (Issue #3 Feb/March)

The newest issue is out! Get the inside scoop of CSUSM's nursing world and its students. Lots of useful information and material. Make sure you check it out! Big thanks to Wil Manguil for creating and getting these newsletters to you. It's his birthday today too!

Click link below to download the link...
The JouRNey Newsletter Issue #3 Feb/March 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

1st Annual Pre-Nursing Open House Night! (March 12th)


CSUSM School of Nursing Presents:
1st Annual Pre-Nursing Open House!

Come one, come all! Everyone who is interested in becoming a Registered Nurse is welcome!

Date: March 12, 2010
SMACC Building, 2nd Floor - The School of Nursing
Panel Discussion:
Insights and answers from current Nursing Students of all ranges. A chance for you to come and get all your burning questions answered.

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back!

Tour the School of Nursing: See all the makings of a Registered Nurse. All the things you’ll do and learn about in nursing school. As well as all the opportunities and experiences available to you!

Refreshments will be served!

Send RSVP’s or questions to: Sunga001@cougars.csusm.edu

CSUSM SNA Logo Contest! Win $$$

CSUSM SNA is looking for it's first Official Logo! So we are holding a contest that is open for everyone to participate. What's a good incentive for you to submit something? Money! The winner (whether it is cohort collective or individual) will win $50! Also, this will go down as the official logo for the CSUSM SNA and will be shown on a big banner at the annual NSNA Convention in April this year. So start designing and start sending!

Deadline to Submit = March 19th

Below are the rules & guidelines
1. Professional (no copying images from internet, etc.)
2. Digital logo, must read: Cal State University San Marcos, Student Nurses Association
3. This will be a permanent logo (what a way to make history within your school's SNA and get bragging rights!)
4. Logo submissions can be a cohort effort (if the logo is picked as a winner, $50 goes to their cohort pinning ceremony account)
5. Individual submissions are also accepted (if their logo wins the $50 goes to them)
6. Voting will take place March 20-24th and be voted on by NSNA Members only.
7. Submit logos to Mark Montillano (monti009@cougars.csusm.edu)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Raise that Money! See's Candy Spring 2010 Fundraiser (Mar 1st-15th)

It seems like winter was just yesterday... But now it's time for Spring's 2010 See's Candy Fundraiser!

Remember that these Fundraisers help support your Pinning Ceremonies! The more money you raise, the less you will pay later when you graduate. Doesn't that sound like a good deal? The answer is Yes.

WHEN: March 1st - March 15th (Deadline). 2 weeks!
WHY: 75% of what you raise goes to your own cohort pinning ceremony, 25% to the CSUSM Student Nurses Association
WHO: Cohort reps will be collecting orders and CASH ONLY!

-Orders to be distributed the week of March 22nd, Monday.

Click the link below to find the Order Forms (Spring 2010)..
Spring 2010 See's Candy Fundraiser Forms


Need financial aid? We are nursing students.. of course you do.

The deadline for submitting FAFSA forms are coming up really soon. March 2nd is the deadline.

Go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and fill out the application and submit it by March 2nd to qualify for extra cash. Why not?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pat & Oscar's Fundraiser Event = SUCCESS

Students, family members, and friends joined together for good food and company last night at Pat & Oscar's. Thank you everyone who came out and supported the fundraiser! We appreciate it more than you know.