Aspiring to become a registered nurse, Rebecca Dressler of Dunn County was named Dickinson State University’s Annual Student Nurse of the Year.
Three junior nursing students at Dickinson State University participated Nov. 19 in the annual DSU Student Nurse of the Year contest held by the DSU chapter of the Nursing Student Association of North Dakota. Dressler will go on to compete for the state title at a convention held in Bismarck beginning Jan. 28.
The SNOY contest recognizes outstanding nursing students across North Dakota, and the nursing chapter at DSU has participated every year. Past SNOY’s have exhibited skills crucial to the profession, such as leadership, public speaking and community involvement. Judges look for competence, character, and compassion when choosing a student for the prestigious title.
Dressler, from Halliday, received a degree in practical nursing from North Dakota State College of Science in Whapeton. She has been an LPN for five years and feels privileged to continue her education at DSU. She expects to graduate in the fall of 2017 with a degree in registered nursing and minors in psychology and biology.
As winner of the SNOY contest, Dressler is expected to represent the NSA statewide for one year.
Last year’s winner, Tamara Pachak, has been involved in promoting the NSA and leading campaigns for fundraising and health education on campus and in the community. She has represented DSU’s Nursing chapter at state conventions and attended monthly NSA of North Dakota board meetings to report on the chapter’s accomplishments.