As vice president of the Student Nurses Association at Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) Wellstar School of Nursing, as well as Breakthrough to Nursing Director on the Georgia Association of Nursing Students Board, Mendez spoke on behalf of Georgia nursing students to share their projects and visions for Georgia for the coming year.
“I was very excited to be able to represent Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Association of Nursing Students,” Mendez says. “I am passionate about nursing, caring, and extending the healing hand of Christ. Jesus placed nursing on my heart, presented the opportunity to work at Gordon Hospital, and gave me the ability to balance leadership roles while maintaining academic success.”
Mendez, who serves Gordon Hospital in the Progressive Care unit, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at KSU. After being elected vice president of the school’s student nursing association this past fall, Mendez attended the Georgia Association of Nursing Students convention in Atlanta where she was selected to serve as Breakthrough to Nursing Director.
“I had the opportunity during both of these elections to share my mission and my views on nursing as a profession,” Mendez explains. “My vision is to ‘shine a light on nursing,’ which was primarily influenced by the almighty light that lives in me of my sweet Savior, Jesus Christ, and backed by nursing’s history by Florence Nightingale when she carried her lamp through the night during the Crimean War. She was called the ‘Lady with the Lamp.’ Since my first name is Lady, I thought, why not?”
Mendez will also be speaking and featuring her project ideas at various state and national events over the next year .
She is already slated to appear at the National Student Nursing Association’s National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. in April, the Council of Student Leaders in May, and the Georgia Association of Nursing Students convention in October.
In addition to her speaking roles, Mendez is also in charge of communications with KSU nursing faculty, creating meeting agendas, and securing nursing specialty guest speakers and recruiters.
“As a member of the Student Nursing Association Board, I am helping plan KSU’s first-ever white coat nursing school induction ceremony,” she adds. “As vice president, I will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the rest of the KSU student nursing board members on their projects.”
As Breakthrough to Nursing director for the Georgia Association of Nursing Students, Mendez is in charge of planning statewide programs that will increase recruitment and retention of nursing students among the minority populations.
“My main focus is on Boy/Girl Scouts, middle/high school students, and Hispanic communities,” Mendez says. “Additionally, I collaborate with student nursing associations all over Georgia to continue mentorship and recruitment projects at their schools. These programs also include collaboration with Allied Health Sciences organizations like HOSA, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, hospitals, recruiters, specialty nurses, and others.”
In October, Mendez became a certified counselor for the Boy Scout First Aid merit badge.
“I had the opportunity to speak in front of 2,000 Boy and Girl Scouts from four Southeastern states before the 9th Annual Merit Badge University to promote nursing and to welcome the scouts before their designated classes,” she explains.
Mendez also completed her American Red Cross Disaster Relief certification during the San Diego conference that she attended recently.
“I hope to continue my education and certification to be fully equipped to serve the Lord,” she said.