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Virginia HOSA- Future Health Professions is a student organization for middle school, high school, and postsecondary/collegiate students enrolled in health and medical sciences programs.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development for students wishing to pursue a healthcare career.

The next generation of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, emergency medical technicians, and many other health care careers start with Virginia HOSA!


Chelsey McLaughlin, RN

Chelsey was a member of HOSA when she was enrolled in Practical Nursing in Chesapeake. She graduated in 2015 and has completed her ADN at Tidewater Community College in December 2019 and now serves on the Virginia HOSA Competitive Events Committee.  

Desiree Gunn, RN

Desiree joined HOSA during her junior year of high school and served as Virginia HOSA State Historian.  After high school, she became an LPN and worked in long-term care while completing her ADN in nursing.  Her background includes med/surg, labor and delivery, employee health, educator and is currently a pre-operative and post-anesthesia care nurse.  She states, "Serving others has always been my passion and I am so thankful for the opportunity to live my dream everyday and to make a positive influence in so many lives."


Emily Perdue, LPN

Emily was a member of HOSA during her senior year and post-secondary year of attending the Practical Nursing Program at the Chesapeake Career Center.  She was the recipient of the Virginia HOSA Scholarship in 2017.  Emily started working right after graduation at Sentara Obici Hospital and is completing her ADN at Camp Community College. 

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