Program Hosts Alumni Meeting and Asks for Input
The groups ideas for potential activities included: suggesting enhancements to the nursing curriculum, mentoring current students, suggesting courses that could be offered at the college to fulfill continuing education requirements (nurses are required to have 30 CEUs every two years), participating in a speakers bureau, providing workshops for colleagues and students, meeting for social events and career networking, speaking at student orientations, and developing a support group for new grads.
Martin updated the alumni on Nursing program news. Two labs are currently undergoing renovations, one that will be equipped with six new beds, four new mannequins two of which exhibit real patient behaviors, such as heart beat, blood pressure, moaning and vomiting new furniture, and 20 new lap top computers. The other lab, which has been funded through a $20,000 grant from Johnson and Johnson, will serve as the hub for Mercers new Direct Health Care Provider program. This program provides training that leads to certification as either a Certified Nursing Assistant and/or Home Health Aide in one semester.
Martin is so enthusiastic about the possibilities that she has been waking up at 3 a.m. with ideas. Ive got 15 pages of ideas. We cant do all of them, but we can figure out what the alumni most need and what is most doable, she said.
may be another reason that Martin is excited by the possibilities of an
alumni group. They are like my babies. Its very gratifying
to have them come back and to hear about the wonderful work they are doing.
Martin noted, Hospitals love our nurses. Our grads are better prepared
than in many programs. Alumni can help to sell our programs. Word of mouth
is the best advertising.
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