Nevada Speech-Language Hearing Association Website: www.nvsha.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/57424516039 Members: 100 Contact: Gina Elgaard, president, info@nvsha.org NSHA is unifying all audiologists and speech-language pathologists across the state by bridging the gap between the medical, school-based and private-sector clinicians, as well as by eliminating geographic limitations among the northern, southern and rural parts of the ... State Spotlight
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Nevada Speech-Language Hearing Association
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State Spotlight   |   February 01, 2016
Nevada Speech-Language Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.21022016.68
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.21022016.68
Website: www.nvsha.org
Members: 100
Contact: Gina Elgaard, president, info@nvsha.org
How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
NSHA is unifying all audiologists and speech-language pathologists across the state by bridging the gap between the medical, school-based and private-sector clinicians, as well as by eliminating geographic limitations among the northern, southern and rural parts of the state. We have monthly “meet and greets” at local restaurants in the north and the south that allow for members across all settings to meet and discuss the latest and greatest in our field in a relaxed setting.
What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in your state today?
We are one of the last states that still allows bachelor’s-level clinicians to work in public schools. This issue was brought as a bill to the Nevada legislative session this past spring; unfortunately, legislators voted it down because they saw no advantage in eliminating 300 school district employees who are providing a necessary service. ASHA did provide a position statement outlining the disadvantages to students who receive treatment from other than master’s-level clinician.
However, there is only one master’s program in Nevada—if the bachelor’s-level position were to be eliminated, it would be very difficult to find master’s-level speech-language pathologists to fill the 300 positions. There has been talk of adding another master’s program in the state to help fill this major need.
NSHA has been working closely with consultants and politicians to reform the law, and has been involved in several conversations with local universities interested in creating a master’s program in speech-language pathology.
What is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
Last year we were able to hold our annual convention at a major hotel in downtown Las Vegas. We brought in highly sought-after, nationally recognized experts to speak on dysphagia and child language, and also major vendors for the exhibit hall. We were able to do this while making a small profit to use in making the convention bigger and better for next year.
What is a particularly memorable event in your association’s history and how did it come about?
We doubled our membership last year. We started holding monthly “meet and greets” and spreading the word to all the clinicians in the state. These monthly social events attracted many new members.
Do you have a particularly successful advocacy or recruitment strategy to share?
One of our members, Abbie Olszewski, received a leadership development grant from ASHA that we used to create several different volunteer positions and committees. We found it was very helpful to recruit members by saying we needed someone to do a specific task or who is familiar with this particular field, as people are more likely to join if they feel they have a purpose within the association. This recruitment helped to lighten the responsibilities of the Executive Board.
What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in your state know about the association?
We are here for you. If we do not know the answer to your question, we will find it. We have recently hired the Nevada Health Care Association as our management company, and with that comes access to many consultants in the medical and educational fields. This relationship allows us to collaborate with other health care professionals.
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