The University of Mary chapter of the Nursing Student Association (NSA) has recognized Moorhead, MN, native Julia Johnson as the Student Nurse of the Year (SNOY) for this school year. The SNOY award is to recognize an outstanding nursing student, to stimulate interest in the NSA, to promote communication between schools and students across North Dakota, and to stimulate public interest and awareness of nursing student activities.
“I am humbled to be chosen to represent the University of Mary as the student nurse of the year,” said Johnson, whose future aspirations include working somewhere as a hospice and palliative care nurse in home health care. “It is a great honor and I pray that the Lord guide my words and actions so that others may see the true beauty and sacrifice in the vocation of nursing. I am so thankful for all of my professors and fellow classmates who encourage the daily pursuit of excellence in all that we do.”
Johnson’s career plans and passion for helping others don’t end there, however. She’d like to return to school to earn her master’s in nursing education.
“I also have a heart for international mission,” she added. “So, I want to continue giving myself in this fashion by helping to lead and organize international medical missions for college-age students.”
Johnson was chosen through a three-part process: faculty selection of six junior nursing students; a classmate vote limited to three candidates; and a three-panel interview of candidates by career professionals. Other nominees included juniors, Bailey Dix, Aberdeen, SD, and Ali Gellner, Langdon, ND. The junior nursing class voted for their top three candidates — who were then interviewed by a panel of judges.
Personal and professional criteria for receiving this distinction include ability in public speaking; potential to develop physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities necessary for success as an individual and a nurse; the ability to express views on current events and problems; the ability to meet physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social needs of patients; belief in elevated standards of nursing care demonstrated by word and actions; leadership; understanding of the principles behind nursing care; and loyalty to the profession.
As SNOY for the local chapter, Johnson will serve as a chairperson for recruitment into the school, conduct next year’s SNOY contest, and also attend and actively participate in local chapter events.