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Member Spotlight: Matthew Mastalski

Even though he’s a level II nursing student, Matt’s no stranger to the industry of healthcare. Spending over a decade as a pharmacy technician, Matt has a strong foundation on many of the drugs that nurses use on a daily basis as well as many stories to back it up! Matt is the incoming treasurer for UNLV SNA and is excited to bring some exciting ideas back from convention to


Fun Fact: 

Most of my free time is spent with my puppy pack that has two Australian Shepherds and a rambunctious West Highland Chihuahua. It is one of the few things that keeps me going through nursing school.  

Why Nursing School? 

I have always wanted to work with people in a helping capacity. At 25 I nearly went to seminary school to pursue a vocation, however, I did not feel that was the best way for me to help people.  I feel nursing gives me the best opportunity to work with people in need every day and has the most impact in the community.  

What SNA means to you? 

SNA allows students to take control of their nursing school experience and gives us the opportunity to become leaders in our field.  It give you opportunity to connect with your classmates, teachers, professionals, and the community in a way that expands your leadership abilities.  

Your Most Memorable SNA accomplishment? OR Memorable Nursing School Experience? 

Oddly enough my most memorable experience with SNA was volunteering at the Magical Forrest with Opportunity Village.  On that day it was for Preschool to 2nd grade so there were all kinds of little children super excited to be there for Santa.  The most memorable part was having them ask me over and over if Santa was really there and to watch their faces when they got to see him.  While this is not necessarily related to nursing, it made me excited to see that by volunteering, our organization was helping make these children’s day. 

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