The college donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to the
The donation included 350 loop masks, 150 face-shield surgical masks and a ventilator.
The equipment and supplies were originally meant for use by nursing students in a simulated hospital setting.
The donation was a collaboration between the nursing department and college campus police.
Campus police chief
"It's ironic because earlier that morning I texted my lab assistant,
Within an hour of being notified, the items were packed and ready for shipment. The donation was picked up Friday.
"This is a great example of how our department and institution continually support the broader regional public safety efforts," Sipe said. "Working with
What the college has donated may seem small compared to global needs, Watkins said, but combined with similar donations from other institutions in the University System of
Watkins urged everyone who knows someone working in a hospital environment during this time to send words of encouragement.
"Many of our nursing and radiologic sciences students are working in our hospitals during this time and are working in the COVID-19 units," she said. "As you see videos from and pictures of nurses and physicians on the news and in social media, remember that there are many of our own alumni out there working countless hours, risking their safety, following their oath to help heal others."
Most nursing students report getting into the field to help others, she said.
"Well I think they are definitely doing that," Watkins said. "This year, 2020, was designated the 'Year of the Nurse' by the
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