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GANS Bylaws

1.    As amended October 2016

ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Georgia Association of Nursing Students, herein after referred to as GANS, a constituent of National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc.

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE AND FUNCTION
SECTION 1. The Purpose of GANS
A. To assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education to provide for the highest quality of health care.
B. To provide programs representative of fundamental and current professional interest and concerns; and
C. To aid in the development of the whole person, including an understanding of the
professional role of a nurse, and his/her responsibility for the health care of all people.

SECTION 2. The function of GANS shall include the following:
A. To have direct input into standards of nursing education and influence the educational process;
B. To influence health care, nursing education, and practice through legislative activities as appropriate,
C. To promote and encourage participation in community affairs and activities towards
improved health care and the resolution of related social issues;
D. To represent nursing students to the consumer, to institutions and other organizations;
E. To promote and encourage students’ participation in interdisciplinary activities;
F. To promote and encourage recruitment efforts, participation in student activities and
educational opportunities regardless of race, color, creed, sex, lifestyle, national origin, age, or economic status;
G. To promote and encourage collaborative relationships with the Georgia Association for Nursing Education, and Georgia Nurses Association, as well as other nursing and related organizations.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERS
SECTION 1. Constituent Associations
A. Any school chapter whose membership is composed of active or associate NSNA members and who have submitted the Official Application for NSNA Constituency Status, containing the areas of conformity and an application for GANS Constituency status, and upon meeting such other policies as the Board of Directors may determine, shall be recognized as a constituent. By submitting these applications, schools agree to abide by these areas of conformity and to use them as their own bylaws. Constituency status will be renewable each year by resubmission of the applications. Schools must submit their own individual bylaws to GANS but are not required to submit their bylaws to NSNA.
B. A school may obtain Restricted Constituent Status by submitting only the application for GANS constituency status. By submitting this application, delegate representation will be determined as outlined in Article VI, Section 3 Paragraph D.
C. Any school chapter whose membership is composed of NSNA active or associate members and who have submitted an Official Application for GANS Constituency Status containing the areas of conformity, and upon meeting such other policies as the executive board determined, shall be recognized as a limited constituent. By submitting this application each year, schools agree to abide by these areas of conformity and to use them as their own bylaws. Limited Constituency status will be renewable each year by resubmission of the application. Limited Constituent Associations shall have delegate representation as outlined in Article VI, Section 3 Paragraph D. Schools should submit their own bylaws to GANS.
D. A school chapter shall be composed of all students who are in good standing with NSNA. This shall apply only on the state level, not to affect the NSNA requirements of
Constituency status. There shall be only one chapter at each school campus.
E. A constituent who fails to comply with the bylaws and policies of GANS and NSNA shall have its status revoked by a 2/3 vote of the Executive Board, provided that written notice to the proposed revocation has been given at least two (2) months prior to the vote and the constituent association is given an opportunity to be heard.
F. A limited constituent who fails to comply with the bylaws and policies of GANS shall have its statutes revoked by a 2/3 vote of the Executive Board, provided that written notice to the proposed revocation has been given at least two (2) months prior to vote and the limited constituent association is given an opportunity to be heard.
G. A state association shall be composed of at least two schools chapters in the state. School chapters shall belong to the state association.
H. School chapters are entities separate and apart from GANS in their administration of activities, with GANS exercising no supervision or control over their immediate daily and regular activities.  GANS has no liability for any loss, damages, or injuries sustained by third parties as a result of the negligence or acts of school chapters, or the members thereof.  In the event any legal proceeding is brought against GANS as a result of such acts of omission or commission by a school chapter, said school chapter will indemnify and hold harmless the GANS from any liability.

SECTION 2. Categories of Constituent Membership
Members of the constituent association shall be:
A. Active Members:
1. Undergraduate students enrolled in state approved programs leading to a licensure as a registered nurse.
2. Registered nurses enrolled in undergraduate programs leading to a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing.
3. Active members shall have all privileges of membership.
B. Associate Members
1. Pre-nursing students, including registered nurses enrolled in college or university
programs leading to an associate, diploma, or baccalaureate degree in nursing.
2. Associate members shall have all the privileges of membership, except the right to hold office as the President, Vice President, and 2nd Vice President at state and national levels.
C. Individual membership shall be open at the state level to any eligible student when membership in a constituent association is not available.  Individual members shall have the privileges of membership as described in Article III, Section 2, Paragraphs A and B.

SECTION 3. Categories of Non-Constituent Membership
A. Sustaining Organization Members:
1. Sustaining Organization membership shall be open in GANS to any organization, upon approval of the Executive Board, interested in furthering the development and growth of GANS. Sustaining Organization Membership shall be granted for an annual fee as stated in GANS Policies and Procedures.
B. Honorary Members:
1. Honorary membership may be conferred by 2/3 vote of the House of Delegates with recommendation of the Executive Board upon persons who have rendered distinguished service or valuable assistance to GANS. Honorary members shall have none of the obligations or privileges of membership.

SECTION 4. Active and Associate Membership Term:
Active and Associate membership may be extended six (6) months beyond the completion of a student’s program in nursing. Sustaining membership shall be renewable annually.

SECTION 5. Dues:
A. Annual dues:
1. The total annual dues shall include dues for NSNA, GANS, and school (if any) for any member. The dues year shall be for a period of twelve (12) consecutive months.
2. Payment of NSNA, GANS, and school dues (if any) is a prerequisite for membership.
3. NSNA and GANS dues shall be payable directly to NSNA. NSNA shall remit to each state constituent the dues received on behalf of the constituent. School dues shall not be submitted to NSNA.
4. NSNA dues shall be $35.00 per member per membership year with GANS receiving $10.00 per member per membership year for state dues. NSNA Renewal dues shall be $40.00 per member with GANS receiving $10.00 per member per year for state dues. School dues (if any) shall be decided according to each school’s bylaws.
B. The annual dues for sustaining members shall be established by the GANS Executive Board.
C. Any member who fails to pay current dues shall forfeit all privileges of membership.

ARTICLE IV
SECTION 1. Officers of GANS shall be a President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
 

SECTION 2. There shall be nine (9) Directors.
A. One Director shall be the GANS Publications Director, one shall be the Legislative Director, one shall be the Breakthrough to Nursing Director, one shall be the Community Health Director, one shall be the Public Relations Director, and there shall be one (1) Director for each of the following districts; North Georgia, West Georgia, East Georgia, and South Georgia.
B. Each nursing school campus in Georgia will be assigned to a district as follows:
1. North Georgia: Brenau University, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Perimeter College, Gwinnett Technical College, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing/Emory University, Wellstar School of Nursing/ Kennesaw State University, University of North Georgia, North Western Technical College, Piedmont College, and Shorter University
2. West Georgia: Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Columbus Technical College, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing/Mercer University, Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing/Georgia State University, Gordon College, LaGrange College, University of West Georgia, and West Central Technical College.
3. East Georgia: Athens Area Technical Institute, Georgia College & State University-Macon, Georgia College & State University-Milledgeville, Georgia Southern University, Middle Georgia State College - Macon, Middle Georgia State College - Cochran, Georgia Regents University-Athens, and Georgia Regents University-Augusta.
4. South Georgia: Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, Albany State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Bainbridge College, Coastal Georgia Community College, Darton State College, Georgia Southwestern State University, South Georgia State College, Southwest Georgia Technical College, Valdosta State University.
C. New schools will be appointed to a district by the Executive Board of GANS.
D. The entire House of Delegates shall be eligible to vote for each director. The director must be enrolled in a school within the district he/she represents.

Section 3. Eligibility
A. Only members who shall be nursing students throughout the full term in office, with a six (6) month leeway and have privileges of active membership, shall be eligible for the offices of President, First Vice President, and Second Vice President.
B. Only members who shall be nursing or pre-nursing students throughout the full term in office, with a six (6) month leeway and have privileges of active or associate membership, shall be eligible for the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, District Directors, Director of Legislation, Publications Director, Director of Breakthrough to Nursing, and Community Health Director.
C. One member, who ran for, but was not elected to, the Executive Board or the Nominations and Elections Committee of GANS, shall be appointed to the board as an Assistant to the Executive Board Members. The appointment shall take place within 24 hours of the elections at the annual meeting and be based on a majority vote of the Executive Board. If the position becomes vacant at a later time, a new Assistant to the Executive Board Members will be appointed by the executive board. The Assistant to the Executive Board Members shall fill any GANS position that becomes vacant with the exception of the President or First Vice President or Second Vice President, and any Director of any district or Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) that they are not from. The Assistant to the Executive Board Members will not have voting rights unless they fill a position with voting rights according to the GANS bylaws, Article IV Section 4 Paragraph L Item 1.

SECTION 4. Term of Office:
A. The term of office shall be for one year from the adjournment of the annual meeting at which officers and directors are elected to adjournment of the annual meeting at which
their successors are elected.
B. Any Executive Board Member who voluntarily resigns from their term of office, or becomes ineligible for office according to GANS bylaws, Article III, Section 2, Paragraphs A and B, or in the case of the office being declared vacant according to Article VII, Section 4, Paragraph E before their term expires, or whose office becomes terminated according to Article IV, Section 3, Paragraph C-D, shall reimburse the GANS treasury all funds paid to or for them, other than travel to and from Executive Board Meetings, within sixty (60) days of notification by GANS treasurer, of the amount owed. Reimbursement to the GANS treasury may be waived upon approval by 2/3 vote of the Executive Board upon satisfaction of these conditions; an appeal shall be brought for waiver of reimbursement obligation by the concerned party board member or that board member’s designated representative; appeal shall be brought within sixty (60) days; only documented costs of fulfilling the duties of office may be granted a waiver of reimbursement.
1. Exclusions to this include: life endangering illness of self, spouse, parent or child, family relocation, physician order explaining the extent of the illness/injury and how it prohibits the performance of duties, or any other situation approved by a 2/3 Board decision.
2. GANS Executive Board will retain the right to decide reimbursement when special circumstances not otherwise addressed in the bylaws exist.
C.D. Three absences will result in termination from office.
E. Any resignation from a position on the Board of Directors shall be in writing and shall be effective immediately upon receipt of the same by the GANS President.
F. Verbal resignations shall be tendered to the President and another board member.  In the case that the President is verbally resigning, the President shall tender the resignation to the First Vice President and and another Board member.

SECTION 5. Duties of Officers and Directors: The officers shall perform the duties prescribed by the parliamentary authority, and more specifically shall include:
A. The President shall:
1. Preside at all meetings of the association of the Executive Board.
2. Appoint special committees with the approval of the Executive Board.
3. Serve as ex-officio members of all committees except nominations and elections.
4. Represent GANS in matters relating to the association and perform all other duties pertaining to the office.
5. Shall attend or designate an Executive Board member to attend the Georgia Council of Nursing Organization meetings and meetings of other organizations deemed appropriate, and report back to the Executive Board and state constituents.
6. Oversee the annual review and revision of the strategic plan, which should be completed by the annual meeting.
7. Provide a monthly written report to Executive Board members at board meetings.
B. The First Vice President shall:
1. Assume the duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President.
2. Accede to the office of President in the case of a vacancy in the office.
3. Be responsible for the program at meetings of the association.
4. Be responsible as lead for the Annual Conference in October
5. Provide a monthly written report to Executive Board members at board meetings.
6. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.
C. The Second Vice President shall:
1. Assume the duties of the First Vice President in the absence or disability of the First Vice President.
2. Accede to the office of the First Vice President in case of a vacancy in the office.
3. Assist the 1st Vice President in preparing for Annual Conference
4. Be responsible for upkeep and maintenance of GANS archives.
5. Provide a monthly written report to Executive Board members at board meetings.
6. Perform other duties assigned by the President.
D. The Secretary shall:
1. Prepare the minutes of all business meetings of the association and Executive Board.
2. Obtain Board reports from Executive Board members prior to monthly meetings and include in minutes.
3. Record minutes at all business meetings of association and Executive Board
4. Prepare and disseminate minutes to Executive Board and post to electronic media deemed appropriate by President.
5. Within ten (10) days of approval of minutes: submit official minutes to NSNA, post corrected minutes (as necessary) to Gmail, and submit to Publications
Director for publication on the GANS website.
6. Obtain and provide up-to-date contact information of Executive Board members
7. Will work with District Directors to obtain and provide up-to-date names and contact information for local school chapter officers
8. Will work with the Publication Director to ensure upcoming events are posted to GANS website calendar each month.
9. Prepare yearly Chapter Resource Book (CRB).
10. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.
E. The Treasurer shall:
1. Act as custodian of the organization’s funds and see that a detailed annual financial report (i.e. previous year and year-to-date) be prepared and presented in writing to all constituent association at the state convention.
2. Be bonded and have treasurer’s books audited at the end of the fiscal year, when
deemed necessary by the Executive Board.
3. Serve as chairperson of the finance committee when such a committee is established by the Executive Board.
4. Furnish to the chairman of the tellers, not less than two (2) hours before the opening of the polls, a list of delegates entitled to vote at the annual meeting.
5. Monitor funds and inform the Executive board of allocated funds and expenditures related to the budget at monthly board meetings.
6. Provide a monthly written report to Executive Board members at board meetings.
7. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.
8. Shall submit a proposed budget for the upcoming year to the House of Delegates at the annual meeting.
F. The District Directors shall:
1. Serve as a communication link between their district and the Executive Board.
2. Act as resource person for schools in their district.
3. Contact each school in their district at least once per month during the school year by telephone, email, or in person.
4. Have their duties defined by the Executive Board according to needs and priorities.
5. Provide a monthly written report to the Executive Board members at board meetings.
6. Perform other duties assigned by the President.
7. Plan and coordinate Annual Mid-Year event, Council of Student Leaders (COSL).
G. The Public Relations Director shall:
1. Solicit and communicate with potential exhibitors and advertisers for the purpose of convention, COSL and EKG/website financing.
2. Handle invoicing of all advertising and exhibiting of GANS functions.
3. Organizing exhibit hall during GANS state convention.
4. Coordinate GANS press releases to nursing publications in Georgia.
5. Shall coordinate the annual IMAGE OF NURSING AWARD.
6. Provide a monthly written report at board meetings.
7. Perform other duties assigned by the President.
H. The Publications Director shall:
1. Be responsible for the publication of GANS EKG.
2. Be responsible for the publication of the annual GANS convention booklet.
3. Shall coordinate the annual CHAPTER NEWSLETTER AWARD.
4. Provide a monthly written report to Executive Board members at board meetings.
5. Update and maintain GANS website on a monthly basis.
6. Perform other duties assigned by the President.
I. The Legislative Director shall:
1. Stay informed concerning legislation in Georgia affecting nurses and nursing students.
2. Keep the Executive Board and GANS constituents informed concerning nursing
legislation in the state and nation.
3. Submit resolutions from the state Executive Board to the House of Delegates at the annual convention. Work in conjunction with Executive Assistant and whomever else the President assigns in writing resolutions. Have approved resolutions as agreed on by the Executive Board to be submitted at the NSNA Annual Convention.
4. Submit resolutions from the state Executive Board to the House of Delegates at the annual state convention
5.Write a legislative update for each issue of the EKG.
6. Shall coordinate the annual POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT AWARD.
7. Provide a monthly written report to the Executive Board members at board meetings.
8. Be responsible for review and recommendation for change in the bylaws and policies.
9. Be familiar with parliamentary procedure. Assist with the understanding of parliamentary procedure at all Board Meetings.
10. Perform other duties assigned by the President.
J. The Breakthrough to Nursing Director shall:
1. Submit BTN Project to District Directors to disperse to school chapters by the third month in office and keep the Executive Board informed of the goals and progress of the project.
2. Maintain communication with the local school BTN directors.
3. Work to develop nursing school recruitment materials and guidelines for recruiters appropriate to the state’s recruitment needs.
4. Assist local chapters in developing recruitment materials and guidelines for recruitment in the area.
5. Write a BTN update article for each issue for the EKG.
6. Identify and compile a listing of state and national financial aid sources for nursing students.
7. Shall coordinate the annual CHAPTER BTN AWARD.
8. Responsible for GANS membership and recruitment and retention.
9. Provide a monthly report to Executive Board members at board meetings.
10. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.
K. The Community Health Director shall:
1. Submit Community service projects to the District Directors to disperse to school
chapters and keep the Executive Board informed of the goals and progress of the projects.
2. Work to develop or participate in statewide, national, or international community
service projects.
3. Assist local chapters in developing or participating in statewide, national, or international community service projects.
4. Shall coordinate the annual CHAPTER COMMUNITY PROJECT AWARD and DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AWARD for NSNA.
5. Update and maintain the Community Health page of the GANS website and submit articles for publication in the EKG
6. Provide a monthly report to the Executive Board at each Board meeting.
7. Perform other duties assigned by the President.
L. The Assistant to the Executive Board Members shall:
1. Fill any GANS position that becomes vacant with the exception of President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, or any Director of any District or NEC they are not from.
2. Must attend all monthly meetings of the GANS Executive Board in accordance with the GANS bylaws Articles IV, Section #4.
3. Participate in GANS committees
4. Assist 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents in Annual Convention preparations.
5. Assist Legislative Director with Legislative Day, Bylaws and Resolution duties.
6. Assist Executive Board members with projects throughout the year.
7. This is a nonvoting position on the board.
8. Perform other duties assigned by the President.
M. Council of School Presidents (COSP) Chair/Co-Chairs:
1. Act as ex-officio, non-voting, Board Member(s),
2. Plan and run Council of School Presidents meetings at least bi-annually; at COSL and GANS Convention. May plan additional meetings as necessary.
3. Plan and run GANS COSP caucus meeting at NSNA spring annual convention.
4. Maintain and manage COSP Facebook and Gmail Groups.
5. Serve as a communication link(s) between SNA Presidents and the GANS Executive Board by coordinating communication with the District Directors.
6. Encouraged to attend monthly membership committee meetings and serve on GANS committees as deemed necessary by the President.
7. Act as consulting opinion(s) representing state-wide SNA Presidents at GANS monthly Board meetings as deemed necessary.
8. Maintain and manage list of current SNA Presidents and advisors.
9. Be two SNA Presidents enrolled in a nursing program from two different districts.
10. Serve 12 month term with elections held at the annual GANS Convention during COSP sessions.
N. Assistant to the District Directors
1. Fill the office of Assistant to the Executive Board if it becomes vacant.

2. Assist the District Directors in the planning of COSL (Council of Student Leaders).
3. Help in maintaining contact with various local chapters across the state.
4. Perform other duties as assigned by District Director Chair.
5. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

SECTION 6. Vacancies:
A. The Assistant to the Executive Board Member shall fill vacancy on the Executive Board or NEC, unless the Assistant to the Executive Board Member will be unable to fill the vacancy, due to bylaw constraints.
1. If the vacancy is unable to be filled by the Assistant to the Executive Board Members, then a letter of notification shall be sent out to all non-elected candidates from the previous State Convention and all Chapter Presidents.
2. A 2/3 vote by the Executive Board must be obtained to approve the prospective candidate.
B. In the case of vacancy of an office, all materials of office are to be turned in to the
President within 30 days from the Executive Board meeting at which the office was declared vacant.

SECTION 7.
No GANS Executive Board Member shall hold an officer position in a professional Nursing Association.

SECTION 8.
All materials of office are to be turned over to the new officer by the second Executive Board meeting following election to office.

ARTICLE V. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
SECTION 1. Nomination and Elections Committee:
A. One (1) member from each district shall be elected by ballot at the annual meeting. In the event that no one is elected from a district, the Executive Board shall appoint the
remaining positions.
B. Candidates shall be chosen from members who shall be nursing students throughout the full term in office with a six (6) month leeway.
C. A plurality vote shall elect, and the newly elected NEC shall appoint a chairperson from within the newly elected group.
D. No member shall serve two (2) consecutive terms on the committee, and no two (2)
members shall belong to the same district.
E. If more than one (1) member from the same district receives sufficient votes to be elected, the one receiving the most votes shall be elected.
F. The NEC Chairperson shall be required to attend GANS Executive Board meetings as specified by the current GANS Executive Board.
G. NEC members, excluding the NEC Chair, shall not have GANS Executive Board voting privileges.
H. The NEC members shall have expenses reimbursed according to GANS Executive Board policy.

SECTION 2. Duties of the NEC Chair:
A. Supply ballots for the annual election of officers.
B. Conduct mandatory candidate review meetings as stated in “Candidate and Campaign Regulations”.
C. Have voting privileges during the monthly GANS Board Meetings with suspended voting privileges during the Annual State Convention.
D. Attend monthly GANS Executive board meetings as specified by the current GANS
Executive Board with absences dictated according to Article IV, Section 3, C-D.

SECTION 3. Duties of the NEC:
A. Receive nominations for GANS officers.
B. Assist with the mandatory candidate review meetings as stated in “Candidate
and Campaign Regulations”.
C. Accept the board meeting monthly minutes.
D. Shall enforce all policies set out in the “Candidate and Campaign Regulations” & the “Running for Office Document”
E. Attend monthly board meetings from May to October.
F. One unexcused absence during the May to October months will result in
termination from office. The Executive Board will determine whether or not the
absence is excused or unexcused. Two absences, excused or unexcused, during
the months from May to October, shall be grounds for termination from office.

SECTION 4. Report
A. The NEC shall endeavor to submit one (1) or more names for each office to be filled.
B. The report of the committee shall be printed in the convention handbook and read on the first day of the convention. Future nominations may be made from the floor at this time. Candidates nominated from the floor shall immediately present their credentials and written consent to serve.
C. No one shall be nominated without consent of the nominee and verification of
qualifications by the NEC.

SECTION 5. Support for National Convention:
A. No GANS Executive Board member shall, in their individual or official capacity, write any letter expressing backing and/or support for any NSNA national candidate unless so directed by the GANS Executive Board.

B. Any GANS Board member that is also a local chapter president may write a letter expressing backing and/or support as the local chapter president, separate from their GANS position after first informing the GANS Executive Board.

SECTION 6. Elections
The elections will be determined by a plurality vote. In the event of a tie, each member of COSP (Council of School Presidents), in attendance at the annual meeting, shall re-cast a ballot vote. If still necessary, the tie vote shall then be determined by casting a lot by the entirety of delegates present.

ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS
SECTION 1. Annual and Mid-Year Meeting:
A. The annual meeting of the association shall be held at such time and place as shall be determined by the Executive Board. The annual meeting shall be for the purpose of
holding elections, receiving reports, and conducting such other business as may properly
come before the House of Delegates sent to the President of each constituent and other
members of the voting body.
B. The mid-year meeting of the association shall be held at such time and place as shall be determined by the Executive Board. The mid-year meeting shall be for the purpose of
offering our members educational seminars, information about NSNA and GANS,
accessibility to exhibitors, as well as promote cohesiveness throughout the state’s
constituents.
C. The GANS State Convention shall be scheduled for a fall convention date.

SECTION 2. Governing and Voting Body:
A. The House of Delegates shall be the governing and voting body of the association and shall be composed of the delegates from the constituent associations and members of the Executive Board. The business of the annual meeting shall be conducted by the House of Delegates.

SECTION 3. Delegate Representation:
A. The voting body at the annual meeting of this association shall consist of the elected
officers, elected directors, and accredited delegates.
B. Recognized Constituents shall be composed of at least ten (10) members from a school, or the total school enrollment if less than ten (10). This requirement of ten (10) or more members must be met on a date set by the GANS Executive Board prior to the Annual House of Delegates. There shall be only one chapter from each school campus.
C. Each school chapter that is a recognized constituency as determined by these bylaws shall be entitled to one voting delegate and alternate, and in addition, shall be entitled to one voting delegate and alternate for every ten (10) members. Delegates shall be computed on the basis of the number of members in each constituency as evidenced by the annual dues received by GANS on a date set by the GANS Executive Board prior to the Annual House of Delegates.
D. Each school chapter that is a Limited Constituent as determined by these bylaws shall be entitled to one voting delegate and alternate only.

SECTION 4. Motions and Voting:
A. The privilege of making motions and voting shall be limited to the voting body. A voting member shall have but one vote in any election or on any question.
B. No proxy voting is allowed.

SECTION 5. Open Meetings:
All meetings of the association shall be open unless voted otherwise by the House of Delegates. Student members, other than voting delegates, may attend the annual meeting, but shall not be seated with the delegate body, and may speak according to the convention rules.
A. The voting body at other meetings, except the Executive Board meeting, shall consist of the elected state officers, directors, and all GANS members present.

SECTION 6. Quorum:
A quorum at meetings of GANS shall consist of at least one (1) representative from each of 1/3 of the constituent associations and at least four (4) members of the Executive Board, including the President or First Vice President.

SECTION 7. Special Meetings:
A. A special meeting may be called by the Executive Board and shall be called by the President upon written request of 1/3 or more of the constituent associations. Notice of time, place, and purpose of the meeting shall be sent to all constituent associations not less than five (5) days prior to the meeting.
B. The voting body shall be the same, insofar as possible, as that in the annual meeting. Other members may attend and shall have only the privileges to speak to each issue.
C. The quorum shall be 1/3 of the constituent associations and at least four (4) members of the Executive Board, including the President and First Vice President.

SECTION 8. Resolutions:
A. All resolutions adopted by the House of Delegates at the Annual convention will become the property of GANS to become part of their Policies.
B. One resolution adopted by the House of Delegates may be selected for the purpose of presentation in the National House of Delegates at their Annual convention. The author of the original resolution will be notified within 7 (seven) days after selection and can be retained as a consultant by the resolution committee.
C. If an author wishes to present their resolution before the House of Delegates at Nationals and it was not selected to be the GANS resolution they will be allowed to do so after requesting and receiving permission to do so from the GANS President.

ARTICLE VII. EXECUTIVE BOARD
SECTION 1. Members:
The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers and the directors. The consultants shall serve as ex-officio members without vote.

SECTION 2Powers:
All of the powers of the association are vested in and shall be exercised by the Executive Board during the interim between meetings of the association, except that the Board shall not nullify or modify any action taken by the House of Delegates in the annual meeting and subject to the provisions of these bylaws.

SECTION 3Responsibility:
The Executive Board shall not be responsible for any contract, claim, or obligation of any kind incurred or for any position taken by any officer or member of a constituent unless the same was authorized in writing by the Executive Board.

SECTION 4. Management by the Executive Board shall include the Following Duties:
A. Review and approve the term of official relationships established with other organizations singly or in coalition.
B. Approve any commitment in form of action, statement of policy or position, or financial obligations involved in GANS relationships with other organizations.
C. Approve the budget to be submitted to the House of Delegates, authorize all monetary disbursements, and provide for the annual audit of accounts at the close of the fiscal year when deemed necessary by the Executive Board.
D. Have the power to fill vacancies for the unexpired term unless otherwise specified in these bylaws.
E. Have the power by 2/3 vote to declare an office vacant.
F. In case of an emergency, votes may be taken by current communication practices. The result of such an action shall control the actions of the association, the Executive Board, and the committees. The result of such a vote shall be duly verified by the Executive Board and recorded in the minutes of the next meeting.
G. Perform all other duties as may be specified in these bylaws.

SECTION 5. Delegate to NSNA Convention:
A. The GANS Executive Delegate to the annual NSNA convention shall be the GANS President or a delegate representative and an alternate elected by the Executive Board from among the Executive Board.
B. School Constituents
1. If a constituent school is unable to fill their delegation, said school should provide written authorization to the GANS Executive Board requesting them to appoint one member of the GANS Board to act as a state-appointed delegate for their school chapter.
a. School chapter shall approve the appointment in writing.
b. The GANS Executive Board shall verify that any state-appointed delegate is a member in good standing of the NSNA.
c. A school chapter must have at least one selected and/or elected delegate present at the NSNA Convention in order to have a state-appointed delegate seated in the
House of Delegates.

SECTION 6. Meetings:
A. Regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held immediately before and after the annual meeting and such times as deemed necessary by a majority of the Board. The
President shall determine the date and place of meetings.
B. The quorum shall be a majority of the voting members of the Board, including the President or First Vice President.
C. The voting body at Executive Board meetings shall consist of elected Officers of the state and the Directors. All GANS members may speak to any issue, but may not vote.

ARTICLE VIII. CONSULTANTS
SECTION 1. Number and Term:
There shall be four (4) consultants (Three faculty consultants, one student consultant). One faculty consultant shall be appointed by each of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Nurses’ Association and the Georgia Association of Nursing Education in consultation with the GANS Executive Board. These two consultants shall be appointed to serve for a two (2) year term, or until their respective successors are appointed. The third consultant shall be a retiring board member of the Executive Board. This person shall be elected by the GANS Executive Board to serve for one year or the remaining term of the existing board. The fourth faculty consultant shall be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Executive Board. This person shall be active in the same geographical area as the President, so to be readily available for consultation. This consultant shall have a one (1) year term of office to conform to the term of the President. Faculty consultants must be approved to serve by the existing GANS Board.

SECTION 2. The consultants shall:
A. Be responsible for providing for interchange of information between the Boards of Directors of GNA, GANE, and GANS.
B. Serve as resource persons consulting with the Executive Board members and
committees.
C. Attend meetings of GANS and the GANS Executive Board.

SECTION 3. Vacancies:
In the event that a vacancy occurs in a consultant position between elections, the board may invite a temporary consultant to serve until an official appointment can be made.

ARTICLE IX. COMMITTEES
The Executive Board, at its discretion, shall establish committees deemed necessary to carry on the work of the association and determine the functions, terms, and membership of such committees. A quorum for committee meetings shall be a majority of the members present.

ARTICLE X. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION
The EKG (Exciting Knowledge about GANS) shall be the official publication of GANS and shall be distributed to members as one of the benefits of membership.

ARTICLE XI. FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the association shall be from one annual meeting to the next annual meeting.

ARTICLE XII. FINANCE
SECTION 1. Budget:
A. The Executive Board shall submit to the House of Delegates at the annual meeting, a proposed itemized budget for the coming fiscal year.
B. The Executive Board shall organize a Finance Committee of three, including the Treasurer, who shall be responsible for developing the budget and submitting the accounts for review.

ARTICLE XIII. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
SECTION 1. All meetings of this association shall be conducted according to parliamentary laws as set forth in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised where the rules apply and are not in conflict with these bylaws.

SECTION 2.
A parliamentarian, other than an Executive Board member, will be present at all House of Delegates proceedings.

ARTICLE XIV. AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1. Proposed amendments:
Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing carrying proponent’s signature, to the Executive Board for review at least ten (10) weeks prior to the annual meeting. Proposed amendments may be submitted only by the Executive Board, GANS bylaws committee, or a constituent association.

SECTION 2. Voting
These bylaws may be amended at the annual meeting by a 2/3 vote, provided notice shall have been given at an earlier meeting of the same session. If adopted, an amendment shall go into effect immediately unless otherwise noted in the amendment.

SECTION 3. Bylaws of NSNA:
Amendments to the bylaws of NSNA, adopted at the annual meeting, which directly relates to the business of GANS in the areas of conformity shall automatically and immediately affect the necessary amendments to the bylaws of GANS and shall be incorporated into these bylaws.

ARTICLE XV. DISSOLUTION
In the event that GANS is dissolved, all monies remaining in the treasury, after all debts and liabilities are satisfied, will be donated to a non-profit organization as selected by the GANS Executive Board and acceptable under IRS Code 401.03 and any amendments attached thereto.

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Purpose of GANS

  • To assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education to provide for the highest quality of health care;
  • To provide programs representative of fundamental and current professional interest and concerns;
  • To aid in the development of the whole person, including an understanding of the
    professional role of a nurse, and his/her responsibility for the health care of all people.

Function of GANS

  • To have direct input into standards of nursing education and influence the educational process;
  • To influence health care, nursing education, and practice through legislative activities as appropriate,
  • To promote and encourage participation in community affairs and activities towards
    improved health care and the resolution of related social issues;
  • To represent nursing students to the consumer, to institutions and other organizations;
  • To promote and encourage student’s participation in interdisciplinary activities;
  • To promote and encourage recruitment efforts, participation in student activities and
    educational opportunities regardless of race, color, creed, sex, lifestyle, national origin, age, or economic status;
  • To promote and encourage collaborative relationships with the Georgia Association for Nursing Education, and Georgia Nurses Association, as well as other nursing and related organizations.
BIOGRAPHY
Name - Emily Thompson
School - Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
Expected graduation date - May 2018
Prior volunteer experience - Several mission trips with the local church across the country, philanthropy events with Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of Georgia, and local volunteering.
Prior hospital experience - Scribe in the ED at Athens Regional Medical Center. The goal for West District Director for 2016-2017 is to make this position more accessible to its chapters. It should help to link GANS constituents with the executive board to further effective communication and inspire more participation. GANS is such an incredible opportunity to make connections, get involved with peers, and gain valuable leadership experience, and this should be highlighted as best it can!
BIOGRAPHY
Gabriel Saldana is a nursing student at Georgia Gwinnett College. His expecting graduating date is May of 2018. Gabriel is delighted to be part of the Georgia Association of Nursing Students Board as the East District Director. Previously he has worked at Renew World Outreach in the media department. He has also volunteered at International House of Prayer in different areas of the world. He has served as a medical translator before nursing school. He is excited to serve the board and the members and encourage participation in the East District of Georgia.
BIOGRAPHY
Ashlea Shumpert - Legislative Director Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, Graduating Class of May 2018 She holds an Associate Degree in Science, and a Medical Assisting Certification Ashlea worked as a Medical Assistant to a head physician in a Urology practice in Marietta for three years. She currently volunteers as the Unit Ombudsman for a U.S. Navy Reserves unit and has an extensive background in political grassroots volunteer work. Ashlea is looking forward to implementing grassroots efforts in our schools. She hopes to aid other nursing students in getting comfortable with becoming involved and advocating for nursing students across the state, and our future profession.
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Carrie Turner is a senior at Georgia Southwestern State University. She will graduate in May of 2017. She plans to become a pediatric oncology nurse after graduation. Carrie sits as an executive member of her local nursing student association where she assists members of the executive board. She was recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International. What time she is not studying, Carrie spends volunteering. She is very passionate about raising awareness for childhood cancer and increasing funds for research. To date, Carrie has raised over $5000 for childhood cancer research. This summer, Carrie plans to volunteer as a camp counselor for Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for children with cancer. As NEC chair, Carrie plans to spend the year increasing GANS participation throughout the state. Carrie is very dedicated to making the process of running for office go smoothly for all candidates. She is determined and willing to help in whatever area she can. If she does not know the answer to a question, Carrie will find out as soon as she can. She is very excited to be the NEC chair and to have the chance to represent the South district on her committee.
BIOGRAPHY
Lauryn Edmondson is enrolled at Georgia Gwinnett College and is anticipating graduation in December 2017. It was during her first semester when she recognized the importance of student involvement including national, state, and local levels. She had the privilege of attending the National Student Nurses Association’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida last April. There she had the opportunity to appreciate the importance of using the voice one has to effect change. She was elected in November as the 2nd Vice President of her local chapter. She has made it her objective to increase the involvement of students on both the local and state level. Her goals for NEC East is to increase outreach and find the next slate of leaders to continue building upon the foundation that GANS has implemented.
BIOGRAPHY
Tiffany Sellers is an evening/weekend student that attends Brenau University Nursing School, and she is expected to graduate in December of 2018. She works full time as a pharmacy technician and is currently the Pinning Chair of her class, as well as the President of the student nursing association at Brenau. Though only in her third semester of nursing school, she has fallen in love with the adrenaline rush of the Emergency Department/Trauma. During her run as North District Director and Chair, her goal was to incorporate technology into the North District Chapters to connect the nursing schools. Tiffany strives to do more than ‘just an email.’ She hopes to provide as many opportunities to students in the district as possible – whether it be by advertising for volunteers for other school events or networking for local areas in search of ways to get the students out in the community more. Tiffany loves networking and meeting new people, and her motto in school is, “Semper Gumby – because the only thing constant in life is change.”
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Julia Foley is a student at Brenau University and will be graduating from the nursing program in 2017. She currently serves as the secretary for the Brenau Association of Nursing Students. She has previously volunteered at nursing homes in Alabama as well as at Children’s of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. She also served as a program coordinator for BamaCovered, an organization seeking to help citizens of Alabama obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. As a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee representing the north district, Julia hopes to work with her fellow members to pre-slate at least one candidate for each position. She also hopes to work with the North District Director to contact schools and bolster convention attendance to achieve a full slate for each position by next year’s elections. Julia looks forward to collaborating with her fellow members and promoting the benefits of leadership to all GANS members!
BIOGRAPHY
Erin Cordell is a first-year nursing student in Kennesaw State University's accelerated BSN program, with an expected graduation of December 2017. She holds a prior degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She has over a year's experience volunteering at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's oncology unit, and also she volunteers in a variety of roles with local communities to engage with Atlanta neighborhoods and residents. As treasurer of Georgia's Association of Nursing Students, she plans to guide and manage the finances of the organization effectively, while hoping to increase future revenue through stronger engagement with local communities and raising awareness of the organization.
BIOGRAPHY
Helen Clark is in her first year of the accelerated MSN program at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She is pursuing a dual specialty as a Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner. After graduation, she hopes to use these dual certifications to increase healthcare access for underserved populations around the globe, though her dream job is to be Beyoncé's midwife. Helen has an A.B. in Women, Gender and Sexuality and Social Anthropology from Harvard College, where she played varsity women's rugby. Before attending Emory, she took a gap year to work in education in her hometown of Kingsland, GA. She is a National Coca-Cola Scholar and a G.E. Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholar. As Second Vice President of GANS, Helen is looking forward to expanding learning and advocacy opportunities for nursing students in Georgia. She is excited to work with other board members to plan an engaging and inspiring 2017 GANS convention with an emphasis on service and advocacy.
BIOGRAPHY
Julia Whitaker is a junior at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her expected graduation date is May 2018. She holds a prior Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Georgia which she received in May 2016. She attended University of Georgia’s Ghana Service Learning and Study Abroad for 30 days in June/July 2015, where she shadowed at different hospitals and helped administer community clinics to areas in need. She participated as a volunteer at Lazarus Day in metro-Atlanta where she provided free health screenings to the homeless. Julia was a Hospice volunteer for Hospice Advantage in Athens, GA, where she watched over clients and helped with everyday activities. Julia has three main goals for this year’s Community Health position: become involved in organizations students view as important, increase the amount of community service opportunities in each district, and promote involvement in all community service activities.
BIOGRAPHY
Lacey Evans is a student at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, class of 2018. She is a previous 2014 graduate of The University of Alabama with a B.S. in community health sciences. Lacey has always had a passion for healthcare -specifically mental health and wellness – and spent four weeks from December 2013 to January 2014 volunteering in the psychiatric ward of Chitwan Medical Center in Chitwan, Nepal. After completion of her BSN, Lacey plans to pursue a master’s in psychiatric mental health nursing. Lacey is honored to be serving on the Georgia Association of Nursing Students executive board. Her goals for the 2016-2017 year include efficient organization of the board’s documents and plans. By being efficient, Lacey can maximize the board’s planning time and make certain that board members are making well-informed decisions. In addition to serving as executive board secretary, Lacey is the recruitment chair for Georgia Baptist College of Nursing’s Student Ambassadors and is actively involved in her school level GANS chapter, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the American Holistic Nurses Association.
BIOGRAPHY
As a nursing student at Georgia State University, Perimeter College Karen A. Davis will earn her ASN in May of 2017, then continue on track toward a master’s degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Certified Nurse Midwife. She began her journey with GANS first as the Assistant to the Executive board, then for last six months of the term, as the Public Relations Director. The 2015-2016 board of directors and NEC honored Karen with voting her the GANS Board Member of the Year with a $500 scholarship sponsored by Northside Hospital. Karen feels fortunate that she can serve GANS membership for another year, now in the role of President for 2016-2017. She currently serves as President of her school SNA chapter, Student Nurse Association at Perimeter College (SNAPC), and serves as a member of the Access to Care Advisory Group with the Georgia Department of Public Health and its sub-committee Health Care Work Force Strategy Team. Before the demands of nursing school, she functioned as 1st Vice President of her roller derby league and earned her derby name Tutu Intense!. She and her husband Randy have owned and operated a successful business together since 1998. Karen believes that leadership is best executed by example through inspiring and empowering those around her. It is her goal, not only to be a leader within her workplace and professional nursing organizations but also to develop leadership potential in others. A primary objective Karen has this year is to continue her initiatives, begun last year, to move GANS toward being financially sound and sustainable through modern online financial record keeping that is accurate, transparent and budget-driven. Also important to her is that all board members have an optimal learning experience while hosting the Council of Student Leaders (COSL) Retreat in May, and holding an outstanding 65th Annual Convention next October.
BIOGRAPHY
Angelique Noble is a senior in the charter nursing class of Georgia Gwinnett College pursuing her BSN. She is expected to graduate December of 2016. She has been accepted into the new Graduate Nurse Residency Program at Gwinnett Medical Center and will start her career in the Intensive Care Unit. After gaining real-world experience, she intends to start working towards an MSN to fulfill her goal of becoming a nurse educator. Throughout her adolescence and adult life, Angelique has always been involved in some type of civic or volunteer work. She currently serves as elected Chapter President of her school's student nurses' association, as well as Treasurer for GGC's Nursing Student Government. She has served GANS as Assistant to the 2014-2015 Executive Board of Directors, as well as East District Director for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. She is proud to serve an organization that thrives by assisting and better preparing nursing students for a future of success. She intends to continue to use every available means to act as a proactive conduit in providing information about GANS to students wishing to learn how this organization can have a positive impact on their academic experience and future career
BIOGRAPHY
Sara Smith-BTN. After earning her B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University, Sara discovered a passion for learning and developing others. Professionally, Sara started her career as a Teller for Norwest/Wells Fargo in 1990. Expanding on her interest in developing people, she moved into the role of Regional Development Manager. Recognized for her contributions, Sara was promoted to Regional Development Manager and then VP of Regional Director. She spent the last 4 years of her 15-year career with Wells Fargo as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. One recommendation included: "Sara is both strategic and creative in her approach to solving problems. Her ability to connect with others quickly and create centers of influence has an impact on results." As a mother to 4 beautiful children, Sara deeply understands the importance of both quality healthcare, involvement in education and personal fulfillment. With a desire to create a sustainable product that didn't harm the environment, the next chapter in Sara’s life journey involved building a baby clothing line- literally from the ground up. Sara speared headed negotiating contracts, managing international vendors, creating, and designing products, and managing the sales operations. Sara was touched by the overwhelmingly positive response to her products and with earning opportunities to be offered in Babies-R-Us.com and 200 boutiques around the world. Realizing that she had so much more to give to the community, Sara decided to pursue her Bachelor of Nursing in the Fall of 2013 and started at Georgia Gwinnett College, where she continues today in the BSN program.
BIOGRAPHY
Shelby Smith is currently the Council of School Presidents Chair for the Georgia Association of Nursing students, as well as the president of the Student Nurses Association at her school, West Georgia Technical College. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and will graduate in May of 2017. Shelby is working to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and plans to work with veterans and low-income families. Her goal for this year is to provide support and encouragement to the chapter presidents. Her role is to act as a liaison between the schools in Georgia and the state board. She is very optimistic about the upcoming year and is so honored to be serving on the board for the Georgia Association of Nursing Students.
BIOGRAPHY
Mike Stone, Assistant to the Executive Board, attends Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. He will be graduating in May 2018. He has attended two GANS Conventions, one as a participant and one as a board member, and one NSNA National Convention. As the assistant to the executive board, there are many things that could be asked of Mike. He could be asked to help with anything dealing with the executive board. Over the next year, Mike hopes to assist in planning the best convention that has been put on for the state of Georgia. He hopes to help with organizing the fundraising for the GANS Board and help raise enough to have excess after the convention is fully paid for. Mike would like to have more donations for the silent auction/raffle at the next convention. When he graduates, he would like to either work in pediatrics or critical care. He volunteers at any opportunity that is presented to him. Mike has had many things happen in his life that has led him to want to be a nurse. All through his life, he was the one that was always willing to help others and the friend that others would talk to about any issues that were going on in their lives. When his mother passed he dealt with many different types of nurses, some he wanted to emulate and others he did not. He hopes to be the type of nurse that others aspire to be like.
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Victoria Collins is a Junior at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. She is expected to graduate in May of 2018 and has an Associate’s Degree in Health Sciences from Georgia Perimeter College. With her education, Victoria hopes to work in a hospital, specifically in Pediatric Oncology. She annually volunteers for a Toys for Tots charity event in Atlanta known as Jingle Mingle and also coordinates her charity event every September 11th for the Fire Departments of New York City. She enjoys getting involved in a variety of charity events through her school as well. Victoria hopes that through Georgia Association of Nursing Students, she can help other students find their path in their nursing careers and network them with the appropriate people. She also hopes to reach out to local communities who lack the resources that they need to live a healthy lifestyle. Last and above all else, Victoria is a mother of two daughters whom she loves endlessly. They are her motivation in everything that she does, and she dedicates all of this to them.
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Camille Laslie is a Georgia Gwinnett College nursing student aspiring to make a difference in the robust field of Nursing. An energetic, dedicated and compassionate person Camille is expected to graduate in May of 2018. Throughout her college years, she has attended school full time as well as worked full time. Through this busy schedule, she has effectively mastered balancing her life through efficient coordination and organization skills. Previously as an Assistant Director of a Preschool, Camille possesses experience in both administrative duties as well as communicating with a variety of individuals on both a business and interpersonal level. Currently, she is an active member of multiple professional and leadership societies including her school nursing chapter, NSNA, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. In March 2016 she was the receipt of the National Excellence in Leadership Award. A chosen busy and constantly full life Camille has developed exceptional organizational skills and adaptability to anything life may throw her way.
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Dominic Che is a second-semester nursing student at Georgia Gwinnett College. He will be graduating in May 2018 with a BSN. He is a dedicated person who remains calm and confident even in the most adverse and stressful conditions. He is equipped with a strong moral code and excellent crisis management techniques. He excels at prioritizing, completing multiple tasks simultaneously, and following through to achieve project goals while using time management and team player skills. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies, an Associate Degree in Health Sciences, and a CNA Certification. He has a passion for helping, and has volunteered in various capacities with Trees Atlanta, Medshare, Books for Africa, Georgia Equestrian, Bui Family Union, and Fall Festival MADD Indian Creek. He served as the SNT Coordinator for the Honor’s Society Sigma Alpha Pi for 2 years and got the Excellence of Service to Student Award, and Emerging Leader Scholarship. He plans to create and propose a new GANS logo, redesign the GANS website, provide a new taste to the EKG Newsletter, and start a Facebook live video nursing education.
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Rebecca Yoo is a senior nursing student at Georgia Gwinnett College School of Health Sciences. She anticipates graduating with her BSN in December 2017. Prior to her position on the GANS Executive Board, Rebecca served as the 2nd Vice President of her local chapter, Gwinnett Grizzly Bears Association of Nursing Students. Outside of organizational involvement, Rebecca has a true inclination towards bedside nursing and nursing practice. She has four years of experience as a certified nursing assistant and currently holds a certificate in hospice and palliative care. She is also a Nurse Extern at WellStar Health System, and hopes to pursue the fields of trauma and critical care in the near future. Rebecca considers herself fortunate to serve at both local and state levels because she is passionate about ongoing involvement and commitment to her profession. She believes in positive networking experiences and connecting the nursing community. Rebecca is excited to collaborate with the student nurses in her region as they evolve into professional leaders.
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William London is a senior at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia and will graduate in May 2018 with his BSN and is planning to pursue his Family Nurse Practitioner studies in 2019. He is honored and excited to be serving a second term as the 1st Vice President on the Georgia Association of Nursing Students’ Executive Board of Directors. William leadership experience includes serving as President of his local Student Nurses Association, as well as President and Secretary of his high school’s Future Farmers of America Board. Previously his academic studies included Surgical Technology, Emergency Medical Technology, and Paramedicine. His past employment experiences has created a broad understanding of nursing, in a variety of nursing fields, including its benefits, challenges, and unique perspectives. As convention chairperson, he hopes to build upon and surpass the success of last year’s Annual Convention. His personal goal is to help his fellow nursing students reach their full potential while gaining the most experience possible from their nursing school education through local, state, and national nursing organizations. William looks forward to helping GANS increase participation which helps mold great nurse leaders for the State of Georgia.