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The Mentor &Mentee Program

The Mentor &Mentee Program is designed to promote cohesiveness among nursing students and provide a nurturing environment while promoting leadership in future nurses. Georgia Baptist College of Nursing has taken pride in fostering the relationship between our nursing students and plans on continuing this program at full strength throughout the years. In this program,our senior nursing students take on the responsibility of assuming a mentor role for our junior nursing students.

Responsibilities of mentors include:
Consistent contact with mentee/s via email,phone,and/or text.
Mentors keep in mind that texting can be a simple yet powerful gesture that can provide the proper support and advocacy needed for an overwhelmed student.
GBANS considers this the primary and most crucial responsibility as a mentor.
Understand that Mentors may be the frequent initiator of conversation.
As a role model for mentees,our mentors understand that it is their responsibility to keep in touch with their mentees.
Provide new nursing students with advocacy,support,and to serve as a well-intentioned role model,advisor,and guide.

In addition to this,the Mentor &Mentee program consists of pre-planned social events to help facilitate cohesiveness and bonding among GBCN nursing students. A common pursuit of a profession is only the beginning,for true friendship and bonds occur when collaboration and leadership take place among fellow nursing students.

Community Service Events

Childhood Cancer Awareness/Fundraiser

When:September (all month)

What:Raise money for event/sell t-shirts/ work along with other colleges within Mercer

Huntington’s Disease Team Hope Walk with PA and PT schools

When:September 19th

Cost:$20 (Includes T-shirt)

Contact For Questions:Audrey Overton,Ella Collier,or Zach Hartley

Indoor Cycling for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

When:Thursday 9/17 @ 7:30PM,Saturday 9/26 10:30AM,and Sunday 9/27 11:30AM.

What:Come get a killer workout at Atlanta’s best indoor cycling studio and help raise money for pediatric cancer awareness! Your first ride is free and make sure to bring at least a $5 donation for the Rally Foundation.

Where:Flywheel Sports-Midtown. 1180 West Peachtree St NW Suite 106 Atlanta,GA 30309. Follow this link for parking information and directions:

Donations:Please give all donations to Marcella Marks when attending class.

Clarkston Collection Drive

When:September 1 –November 30

What:Collecting OTC medications. Examples include:Tylenol,Neosporin,Calamine,Aspirin,Ibuprofen,Claritin,Hydrocortisone,Zantac,GI meds,Benadryl,Zyrtec,Vitamins,and kids dental care

Donations:need to be given to Audrey Overton or brought to GBANS meetings

Seniors only:Volunteer on any Sunday 9:30-2. Contact Susan Estes or Audrey Overton


When:All October

What:Collecting new socks and basic essentials for our local homeless shelter

Donations:Give to Audrey Overton,Ella Collier,Zach Hartley,or bring to GBANS meeting

Contact for Questions:Audrey Overton,Ella Collier,or Zach Hartley

Lazarus Ministries Health Fair

When:​Sunday,September 20,2pm (volunteers will need to show up earlier)

What:Providing health screenings and other services for the community

Where:Urban Garden at Atlanta Mission

377 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW

Atlanta,GA 30313

Contact For Questions:Ella Collier or Audrey Overton

Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics for NSNA

Attention NSNA candidates,please click the following links to view the Bill of Rights and the Code of Ethics.

Welcome Class of 2016!

The GBANS board would like to officially welcome the incoming class of 2016 to GBCN.

We are looking forward to getting to know you all.

Good luck to everyone this semester!

NSNA Convention RECAP!

NSNA Convention –2014


As students from all over the country assembled together at the Opryland Hotel,we were received with NCLEX reviews,workshops,focus sessions,as well as schools and employers from all over.  With all that was going on and all of the resources that were offered,it is safe to say that GBANS,as well as students from all over the United States,had a wonderful time at the NSNA Annual Convention in Nashville,TN! A few highlights from the convention:


GBCN news

  • Congratulations to Craig Reuscher and Rebeka Rivera,juniors here at GBCN,on earning their positions on the 2014-2015 NSNA Board of Directors! Rebeka Rivera is the newly elected Secretary/Treasurer,and Craig Reuscher is the new South District Director.

  • Junior Sakina Mahama,who also serves as the BTN Director for GANS,was the winner of the state BTN award! Congratulations

  • Guess what? NSNA is “IN SUPPORT OF HOSPITALS ADOPTING ESTABLISHED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR PATIENTS THAT HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING”,which is resolution that was submitted by GANS members Kaitlin Chance and Lady Mendez. Kaitlin Chance is a junior here at GBCN and we are proud of all her hard work!

Other News

  • Valerie Wellman,junior at Georgia Regents University,was elected to the position of NEC South

  • GANS was also awarded the following recognitions:NSNA State Excellence Award – Group 5,Disaster Preparedness award,and the Breakthrough to Nursing award.

  • Kennesaw State University received recognition as a Stellar School Chapter!

  • Emory University student,Asma Agad,was one of 3 winners of the International Photo contest

Again,congratulations to all,and special thanks to the entire faculty for their guidance,leadership,and continued support.

Don’t miss out on another amazing opportunity for networking and education next year,this time in Phoenix,AZ!


Until next time,

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Letter from the President!

Come one,come all,as you are invited to enrich your nursing educational experience with Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students!

GBANS is Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University’s student organization that is dedicated to community service,professional involvement,and lasting friendships. There are a variety of opportunities for our students to participate in rewarding and educational community service projects throughout the year. We are also proud of our students’ involvement and representation in the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) and the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) through which we get to travel to their respective conventions all over the country! There is no better way to bond with your peers than by learning and laughing together.

How can you get involved? Easy! All of the GBCN students are members of GBANS and NSNA through tuition payment. You’ll be amazed how much fun nursing school can be when you join in our positive energy!

If you have any questions or are seeking a friendly face,get in touch with any of us! I am so excited to meet you and include you as the valuable person you are during my term as President!


Carissa Brozino

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Congratulations to the new GBANS Board of Directors for 2014 –2015!

Here are the winners!

President:Carissa Brozino
First Vice President –Leah White
Second Vice President –Meredith Thomspon
Secretary- Rebeka Rivera
Treasurer- Randall Mummert
Fundraising- Susanna Varlan and Kristen Boyle
Community- Anna Wooten and Sara Schaper
SGA Representative –Kelly Dotson
Membership Involvement- Stephanie Apollo
Breakthrough to Nursing -Jennifer Sorrell
Legislative- Matt Schafer and Amber Stewart
NEC- Patrick Haynes
Public Relations –Sakina Mahama
Senior Representative- Lorrie Davis

Candidates for GBANS Board of Directors 2014 –2015

Here is a list of candidates and their biographies for the 2014-2015 GBANS Board of Directors elections! Please download and review their information. These candidates have worked hard on their campaigns.

Speeches from these candidates will be March 17, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in 314 of the nursing building.

(Powerpoint file)

“A Brush With Kindness”

GBANS recently participated in an event working with Habitat for Humanity. On February 22, 15 senior students helped at a Dekalb county resident home by painting the front porch and siding of the entire house with some furniture.

Great job, GBANS!

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1/13/14 Member Meeting –CHOA &Resumes

Come join GBANS on Monday,1/13/14 and learn about the essentials of resumes and career fairs. Representatives from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be going over what they like to see on resumes and the essentials of creating a resume for a job in nursing. They will also discuss professionalism and how to approach a career fair which will be helpful for the GBANS Career Fair on February 11.