The best of the Best: Paul D. Camp Community College Student Elected to State Nursing Student Association

Jenna Best and Ann PinnerAssociate Professor of Nursing Ann Pinner, RN, BSN, MS, left, congratulates Jenna Best of Chesapeake on her recent election to the Virginia Nursing Student Association board of directors as first vice president.
It is Jenna Best’s passion to become a nurse — a commitment she does not take lightly.
“She shows much initiative and leadership potential,” said Associate Professor of Nursing, Ann Pinner, RN, BSN, MS. “She is highly motivated, a team player and takes responsibility for herself.”
Best was recently elected as First Vice President of the Virginia Nursing Student Association (VNSA) at a state convention, hosted by the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing in Charlottesville—a convention where PDCCC was the only community college represented.
“It is an honor to have been nominated, especially since I am from such a small college,” said the 20-year-old Franklin native. “I am very excited to see what I will learn serving on the board of directors.”
As First VP, her duties entail planning of the VNSA State Convention for 2016. She will also serve in the absence of the President.
“I will be creating a theme, securing speakers and organizing the entire event so students can gain education in nursing and the opportunities that are available in the nursing field,” she said.
Best also serves as secretary of the PDCCC chapter of the Nursing Student Association (NSA) for 2014-15. “Another goal for me this year is to bring awareness to more nursing students in the state of Virginia about the benefits, opportunities education and connections that you can gain by participating in the NSA, no matter how small your school.”
Currently a resident of Chesapeake, Best chose to apply to the nursing program at PDCCC for personal reasons.
“My grandfather, Clayton Louis Best, was very sick for a while,” she said. “When he was in the hospital, I decided I wanted to have an impact on someone’s life and help them get better.” In addition, her mother serves as a nursing instructor. “She is such an amazing teacher,” said Best. “I have been so inspired by her kindness and wisdom in nursing that I wanted to follow in her footsteps.”
Pinner, who also serves as faculty advisor for the college’s Nursing Student Association, noted that being elected to this position is a significant accomplishment for Best and the PDCCC NSA.
“I am very proud of the initiative and foresight Jenna exhibited by running for the state level office,” said Pinner. “She has demonstrated that she values her participation in the profession of nursing outside the classroom and clinical settings.
“She has integrity and demonstrates accountability, which are both characteristics of an effective and dedicated leader. She will do a great job.”
In the past, two other PDCCC students were elected to the VSNA board. Katrina Denny served as Break Through to Nursing Director in 2011-2012 and Mandi Edwards as Second Vice President in 2013-14.