Ian Crawford named 2013 Minot State Student Nurse of the YearIan Crawford is the 2013 Minot State University Student Nurse of the Year. Crawford was selected because of his leadership skills, professionalism, commitment to nursing and professional growth and involvement in the campus Nursing Student Association and the nursing department. He also serves as a role model for future nurses.
"This year has been an incredible year of growth. I see a definite need for nursing advocacy, and I have really enjoyed working with NSA," the Minot native said. "Going into the state competition, I'm honored to be the first male Student Nurse of the Year, or SNOY (pronounced ‘snow-ee,' to represent Minot State."
One of three finalists selected by MSU's NSA, Crawford won after being interviewed by a three-judge panel. He will advance to the state competition Feb. 2 in Grand Forks.
Crawford's name, a nomination letter from his department chair and four copies of his essay were forwarded to the current North Dakota SNOY. As in the local competition, the state SNOY selects three judges and submits the finalists' autobiographical essays.
"The object of the SNOY contest, at the local and state levels, is to recognize an outstanding nursing student, to stimulate interest in NSA, to promote communication between North Dakota nursing schools and students and to build public interest and awareness of nursing student activities," said Dawn Fredrich, nursing instructor.
Candidates must be enrolled in an approved N.D. school of nursing and be willing to represent NSA and the Nursing Student Association of North Dakota at public appearances and the state and national NSA conventions. Finally, they must possess potential to develop physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities necessary for success as a nurse.
Professional qualities include school and leadership abilities, professional devotion, belief in elevated standards of nursing care demonstrated by word and actions, the understanding of the principles behind nursing care and the ability to establish and maintain good relations with colleagues. They must meet the various needs of their patients.
For questions, contact Fredrich at 858-3470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.