Katie Milo joined the Student Nurses Association her freshman year to meet fellow nursing majors and become involved in a community-based organization. After serving as the Community Health board member, she became SNA president for the 2018-2019 term. As president, Milo strived to build upon the goals of the SNA by providing professional opportunities for students, enhancing the UofSC and Columbia community through volunteerism, and providing resources for students to excel academically. Milo lead the SNA in multiple initiatives including a biannual blood drive, administering flu shots in hospitals, attending a local career day, and creating care packages for military troops. A new project spearheaded by Milo was the recently developed SNA mentorship program. “We match lower division students with upper division students to provide them with a mentor who can help walk them through nursing school based on their personal experiences.” Milo says.
Milo is proud of the success the SNA has accomplished this year and is thankful for the opportunity to grow as a person.
“Serving in a leadership role has helped me grow into a more confident nurse. I’ve been able to connect with students and faculty outside of the classroom,” Milo says.
Milo has noticed a difference in the way she carries herself and her capability to better communicate with patients while at the bedside. “I feel more comfortable speaking to patients in challenging circumstances and I enjoy facing the daily challenges of being a nurse,” Milo says.