Tuesday, March 27th 2018

KC nursing student elected as regional director

Kilgore College nursing student Joe Applewhite was elected last month as the Northern Regional Director for the Texas Nursing Students' Association (TNSA) at its annual conference in San Antonio.

Applewhite, age 40 from Liberty City, was elected to the position at the TNSA conference he attended in February along with other KC Student Nurses' Association members.

Applewhite, a 1997 graduate of Sabine High School who serves as vice president of the KC Student Nurses’ Association (SNA), said he’s honored to be elected and looks forward to helping connect all of the SNA members at a state level.

“I’m excited about the chance to bring the chapters together at a state level and keep the region connected with the state board of directors,” Applewhite said. “I will keep the schools informed on important issues and relay that information back to the board of directors.”

He also said with his new position he can keep the (SNA) chapters updated on any issues that are mentioned at the state level and relay to local chapters any concerns that were discussed at the state meetings and conventions.

“I will be a direct line of communication for the regions from the TNSA board of directors. I can also give support to any school that may need assistance in our region,” Applewhite said.

Applewhite will serve as one of four regional directors for the statewide organization.

Some of his duties will include: Providing ongoing communication between TNSA board of directors and the 28 chapters included in the region; provide local chapters with updates and assist any chapters with help on any ongoing concerns; announce any bylaw status changes; and announce any information regarding upcoming events to local chapters and relay the information back to the TNSA Board of Directors.

Applewhite will also sit as a chair on one statewide committee of his choosing to help with special concerns assigned to that committee.

He, along with other KC SNA members, will attend the National Students’ Nursing Association convention in April.

Applewhite said he is proud of KC’s nursing department for the unwavering support he has been given from the faculty, staff and students.

“They have encouraged me to dream big, never give up on those dreams, to believe in myself when I am in doubt and have lifted me up and taught me that many things are possible if you devote yourself and believe you can make a difference,” Applewhite said.  “The faculty at KC is very supportive and I am proud to be a part of this program and thankful every day for the opportunity I was given to pursue my nursing degree.”

Applewhite is in his second semester of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program and expects to graduate in December of 2018.

For more information on the ADN program at KC visit

About the TNSA:

Texas Nursing Students' Association, Inc. (TNSA) is a student nursing association dedicated to promoting professionalism and leadership for today's students. It represents more than 3,000 student nurses from across the state preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses.  Its mission is to provide the highest education for student nurses while aiding in the development of the whole person; to have direct input into the standards on nursing education and influence on the education process; and to model a high level of integrity among students in their dealings with people as they strive for excellence in everything they do.  Website: