Effort pays off for nursing student

Amber Nerdig smiles while getting ready to throw a football

College life is hectic enough without the added responsibility of presiding over a state organization.

However, Mount Mercy junior nursing student Amber Nerdig, who was recently elected to head the Iowa Association of Nursing Students (IANS), said she sees it as putting into it what you get out of it.

“I attended all the conferences and got involved because I think it’s really important to know what’s going on within your profession,” she said.

She just returned from the mid-year conference, which was held in Cincinnati, talking with other presidents and getting to know the ropes.

“During mid-year, I spent the majority of my time in meetings and networking with other state presidents, where we listened and shared strategies for a successful year,” she said.

When Nerdig is not busy with presidential business, she also heads the fundraising committee for the MMUANS (Mount Mercy University Nursing Association). This year, the group has started a can drive and has placed recycle bins around the campus.

“We came up with the idea of recycling cans because my mom is the cheerleading coach back home and the football team made $1,000 from it,” she said.

According to Nerdig, the money raised from all MMUANS fundraisers will go back to the club to be used for various projects. “We buy supplies for aDare to Care project in the winter. That’s where we go to an elementary school and teach kids about nursing as a career,” she said.

“The club has also decided to volunteer our time to teach elementary students about nutrition so we will use some money for supplies to make posters and other teaching aids for the kids,” she said. “The money will also be used to help fund students to go to the annual spring convention for the National Student Nurses Association.”

But it’s not all work for Nerdig. She said that she enjoys spending time with her family and friends attending the Iowa Hawkeyes home games and tailgating.

“My whole family is crazy about the Hawkeyes,” she said with a grin.

She said that attending the games has been difficult this year because she has been so busy. “But it’s great because now that I’m in Cedar Rapids, I’m three hours closer to Iowa City, which makes it much easier to attend … when I can, that is.”

This Student Profile was written by Cynthia Petersen, Editor in Chief, and was originally published in the Mount Mercy Times in the November 17, 2010, issue.