Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students


Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students (GBANS) is the local chapter of the professional organization for nursing students. The College is proud of the participation of its students and encourages undergraduate students to become active members.  By virtue of admission to the College of Nursing, all prelicensure students are members of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) and all affiliate state and regional organizations.

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Congratulations to the GBANS Board for 2020-2021

  • President: Marissa Shearer
  • First Vice President: Sarah Peterson
  • Second Vice President: Emma Miller
  • Secretary: Dana Chen
  • Treasurer: Chekisha Watson
  • Public Relations: Perrie Gooden
  • Fundraising: Liz Asmeron and Pamela Johnson
  • Legislative: Chiara Dwier and Wendy Miller
  • Community Service: Sarah Henderson and Kianna Sanders
  • Senior Representative: Haley Goff
  • Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC): Cindy Le
  • SGA Representative:  Erinn McGuirre
  • Director of Membership Involvement: Caroline Durden
  • Breakthrough to Nursing: Lauren Denault and Courtney Kelly
  • Webmaster: Janice Lee

NSNA Elected Officer for 2020-2021 - Jayleigha Townsend is Breakthrough to Nursing Director   

Advisor: Professor Lewis

Thank you to the GBANS Board for 2019-2020:

  • President: Emily George
  • First Vice President: Mandi Rae
  • Second Vice President: Kristen Hales
  • Secretary: Preeti Rao
  • Treasurer: Emily Cmiel
  • Public Relations: Perrie Gooden
  • Fundraising: Ayn Remillard an Marthalynn Rodriguez
  • Legislative: Christine Lee and Divya Choudhary 
  • Community Service: Destiny Wallace and Maite Muianga
  • Senior Representative: Allison Piltz
  • Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC): Aryelle Richards
  • SGA Representative:  Kelly Hudson
  • Director of Membership Involvement: Mackenna Kohler
  • Breakthrough to Nursing:  Deriyana Irving an Osahenrumwen Osagie
Thank you to our 2019-2020 GANS Officers:
  • Second Vice President- Emma Miller
  • Secretary- Zhinea Thomas
  • Breakthrough to Nursing Director- Perrie Gooden
  • Community Health Director- Kianna Sanders
  • West District Director- Dana Chen

Thank you to our 2018-2019 GBANS Board:

  • President: Jordan Bell 
  • First Vice President: Danielle Richey 
  • Second Vice President: Ariel Johnson 
  • Secretary: Sadaf Gillani 
  • Treasurer: Meredith Riski 
  • Public Relations: Hannah Dean 
  • Fundraising: Allison Atchison and Paige Brodnax
  • Legislative: Emma Elrod and Johannah Silvius 
  • Community Service: Sarah Courtney and McKenzie Coleman 
  • Senior Class Rep: Emily Russell 
  • NEC Director: Emily Dambrin 
  • SGA Representative: Tyshawna Cooke 
  • Director of Membership Involvement: Mica David
  • Breakthrough to Nursing:  Co-directors Benita Bowden and Lady Marin-Arbelaez
  • Webmaster: Kalindi Patel 

nsnaCongratulations to Nkenna Njoju - Elected to NSNA position:  Director.  Her term began in April 2019 and continues through April 2020.


More than 60 Mercer Nursing Students traveled to Athens, Georgia for the 2018 Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS) state convention.  Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students (GBANS) represented their College and University well as they led the convention in delegates seated per day and in attendance at events.  Awards received:  Website of the Year, West District Chapter of the Year, Banner Competition Award, Chapter of the Year and Advisor Lewis was given an award for Advisor of the Year.  In addition, school candidates running for office were elected to serve by member delegates to serve on the 2019 GANS Board.  This includes:

  • Nkenna Njoku - First Vice President
  • Victoria Carbone - Community Health Director
  • Olivia Granger - Publications Director
  • Kelsey Butler - West Georgia District / COSP Chair
  • Adama Diallo - NEC West
  • Mica David - Retired Board Member Consultant

Thank you to our College representatives serving on the GANS 2018 Board:

  • Mica David - First Vice President
  • Molly Bracknell - Secretary
  • Jordan Bell - Public Releations Director
  • Tyshawna Cooke - Community Health Director
  • Morgan Wade - West District Director
  • Ashley Estep - NEC West

2017 banner winnerIn 2018, GBANS proposed a resolution in support of increasing awareness of mobile phones/devices as potential carriers of infectious agents.  The resolution was passed by the house of delegates.  

At the 2019 NSNA Convention GBANS presented a resolution:  In support of including information on access to and administration of Naloxone in discharge protocol. This resolution passed.



NSNA Scholarships announced in April 2018.  Congratulations to:

Alondra Munoz

Mica Davis - Terri Tonsetic, RN Memorial Scholarship

Kaitlyn Wilder


  • Winner of the banner competition
  • Winner community health service award
  • Recognized as West District Chapter of the Year

Mercer University students from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing (GBCN) rocked Texas with their presence at the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) 65th Annual Convention held in Dallas, Texas April 5-9, 2017.  Over 25 students and faculty braved the weather challenges to engage in meetings and events surrounded by the convention themensna THINK BIG: Nursing on a Global Scale.  While one Mercer student currently serves on the NSNA Board (Senior, Christina M. Petty, Southern Election Area Nominations and Elections Committee), three junior students prepared speeches, campaigned at caucuses, and interacted with dynamic leaders in an effort to seek a ’17 – ’18 NSNA Board position.  Although not elected to their office, we are proud of our students:  Keesha M.Bellamy – Ran for Director South Student Campaign Managers: Catherine Jesson, Sierra Belcher; Jessica Holmes – Ran for Secretary/Treasurer Student Campaign Manager: Molly Bracknell; Teressa Hill – Ran for Breakthrough to Nursing Director Student Campaign Managers: Rachel Wadley, Nicholas Reynolds, Mammadou Sanon

NSNA AttendeesThrough campaigns and interactions, these young women have achieved personal milestones and achievements associated with their professional development.  In addition, all student attendees participated in sessions led by nurse leaders from the American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, the Department of Health and Human Services, to name a few.  Teressa Hill, junior nursing student, applied and was awarded a helene fuld$3500 NSNA Helene Fuld Scholarship to further support her nursing education. Ashlea Shumpert served as a primary author for a resolution, which was passed by the House of Delegates by a 100% margin.  Katherine Tak promoted the resolution prepared by her peers (Jacquelyn Broad and Savannah Jones), which also received 100% support by House members. 

Ashlea Shumpert
RESOLUTION:  In support of encouraging safe-secure addresses for every nurse

Katherine Tak
  In support of expanding access to postpartum depression (PPD) education for the pregnant family

The state of Georgia wan the STATE EXCELLENCE AWARD for their outstanding contributions to nursing and the organization. 

Janna Strickland served as acting President in the absence of the GBANS President, who had a conflict.  Janna was instrumental in the overall organization of student attendees! 

The organization raised over $3800 in three days of fundraising at the convention!Senior NSNA

The College of Nursing holds status as a NSNA Stellar Chapter School; one of the first nursing programs to receive this distinction through 100% student membership, sustained ongoing involvement in NSNA, and a shared commitment to foster professional development of students.  

Faculty advisors to GBANS:  Fran Kamp, Emory Kent, Laura Madden, and Grace Lewis.

Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students (GBANS) Board:

The College is proud to have the following students serving on the 2017-2018 Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students (GBANS) Executive Board

President: Morgan Stanley
First Vice President:  Ray Greer
Second Vice President:  Joy Gray-Clayton
Secretary:  Molly Bracknell
Treasurer:  Avery Kemp
Breakthrough to Nursing Director: Yoldine Valery
NEC Director: Victoria Collins
Public Relations Director:  Julia Whitaker
Community Service Directors:  Kristen Fields & Erica Franklin
Legislative Directors:  Rebecca Sukumar & Katherine Tak
Fundraising Directors:  Merritt Tate & Teressa Hill
Membership:  Janay Gonzalez
Senior Class Representative:  (unfilled)
Junior Class Representatives:  Emily Russell and Emily Hiebert Dambrin
SGA Rep:  Nicholas Reynolds
Webmaster:  Sydney Morfoot

GANS ~  Congratulations to GBCN 2016-2017 Board Members:

Lacey Evans - Secretary
Julia Weng - Community Health Director
Whitaker Ashlea - Legislative Director
Emily Thompson - West District Direct
Victoria Collins - NEC West

The following list represents awards received by GANS and NSNA during the most recent years:

Isabel Hampton Shumpert Leadership Award - 2011 GANS President, Maggie Robb (Georgia Baptist College of Nursing) and 2012 GANS President Jason Billings. TWO YEARS in a row for Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Image of Nursing, Video Productions - 2011 - Submitted by Katie Quinn Adamack (Georgia Baptist College of Nursing) on behalf of GANS
Outstanding School Website Award - 2011 - Brett Thornton, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Resolutions passed:

2016: In Support of expanding access to postpartum depression education for the pregnant woman and family throughout the pregnancy

State Awards
2016 - Community Service Award; Advisor of the Year (Professor Kamp); Banner Competition Award at Spirit Night

2016 GANS

2015 - Financial Excellence Award; Community Service Award