Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University was awarded Health Organization of the Year for 2019-2020 during the Louisiana HOSA State Leadership Conference held at Crowne Plaza Hotel on March 3.
Louisiana HOSA Executive Director Shirlene Bender said that FranU made its presence known from working with the organization by holding workshops and allowing students to host nursing competitions at the university. "We look for individuals and organizations who have mentored or worked with our HOSA chapters or have gone above and beyond in their participation with HOSA. The executive council also considers whether or not the organization understands the mission we are trying to accomplish, which is to promote career opportunities in health care and to prepare students to successfully pursue a health career."
Director of Admissions Christy Sevier received the award on behalf of FranU at the conference. She said that her team had worked hard to build a strong relationship with HOSA and provide opportunities for students who attended the Baton Rouge conference. "HOSA exposes interested high school students to a wide array of career possibilities in healthcare, and we feel like this is a mission that fits well with the work we do at FranU. We are happy to help support their efforts and provide additional experiences for these students," stated Sevier.
FranU has made it a team effort to support HOSA and its students. "This year, the Office of Admissions, RADT, MLS, and Dr. Swafford hosted workshops at the conference. Biology, RESP, PTA, and Admissions will have tables at their career expo. Some of the students will come to campus and participate in nursing competitions judged by nursing faculty members. We also had some HOSA attendees who toured SETH and observed the anatomage table demonstration," said Sevier.
The Louisiana chapter began presenting awards and recognizing supporters of the program in 2018. Student and teacher members can submit a letter explaining why they wish to nominate an individual or organization. Nominations are then voted on by the LA HOSA Executive Council. "Each year, we are humbled and privileged by the many health organizations and health professionals who willingly donate their time and resources to Louisiana HOSA-Future Health Professionals. They teach our rising health profession students about what their job entails, allow them opportunities for great experiences, and show them different career possibilities," concluded Bender.