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Students roll up their sleeves during Nurses Week

UToday HomeMarch 13, 2013

Pitching in at the Calgary Food Bank this week were, from left:  Mount Royal University students Bernadette Jones, Jordan Motter and Iman Yusuf; and University of Calgary student Hannah Lupton.  Photo by Kelsey DoornPitching in at the Calgary Food Bank this week were, from left: Mount Royal University students Bernadette Jones, Jordan Motter and Iman Yusuf; and University of Calgary student Hannah Lupton. Photo by Kelsey DoornFor the second year in a row, nursing students from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University are combining efforts in Calgary Student Nurses Week to draw attention to the work nursing students do in the community. It will run from March 11-15.

“We are continuing the tradition we started last year,” says Kelsey Doorn, 4th year student and president, Undergraduate Nursing Society at the University of Calgary. “Nursing students from our two institutions practise alongside each other in the clinical setting to achieve common goals. We want the public to understand that we have a competent knowledge base and are equipped to work in the health care field even before we graduate.”

Mount Royal University Student Nursing Society president Shifrah Gadamsetti agrees. “By creating our own Student Nurses Week, we are able to show our appreciation to the community through volunteerism as well as acknowledge our focus on health and wellness.”

The students will come together to illustrate their theme of “giving back to the community,” including volunteering at the Calgary Food Bank and also at the YWCA. Both student organizations stress that, even though they are from different schools, they share the common interest of providing quality of care to the community.

National Nursing Week is in May after most undergraduate students have left school for the summer. Having an event while students are still in class allows students to share in a celebration of the profession.

 

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