Students learn by giving

Submitted photo SSU nursing students with some of the food they collected.

Joseph Pratt

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The Shawnee State University (SSU) Department of Nursing is often involved in the community through various means, from extracurricular activities to volunteering time for educational outreach and service.

Students in the nursing program recently stepped forward in an attempt to impact area hunger through a non-perishable food drive.

The food drive was hosted by the Shawnee State University Department of Nursing Events Committee. Students, faculty, and staff donated nutritional items to provide for those in need within the local communities. The school stated that most of the collection went to area churches with on-site pantries.

“The Nursing Events Committee hosts a donation drive each semester to provide a community outreach service and to encourage the students to serve in the local communities,” Adair Carroll, associate nursing professor, explained.

Carroll stated that the school focuses on this type of work, with not only the benefactors in mind, but in creating well-rounded students.

“Faculty model professional behavior to nursing students throughout their education. One aspect of professional behavior is being altruistic, providing service without any reward to self. Students are taught to provide care not only to individuals, but also, families and communities,” Carroll said. “They are taught to advocate for clients in some of their most vulnerable times. Events such as this give students the opportunity to provide food to those individuals and families in the community who are in need, thereby reinforcing concepts selflessly caring for the needs of others.”

Carroll also suggested that it is important for nursing students to focus on these particular nutritional needs.

“Healthy nutrition is taught throughout the nursing curriculum and how it is important in health promotion and disease prevention,” Carroll explained. “Food drives, such as this, can help provide needed nutrients to the communities in which we live, thereby promoting better well-being.”

Not only did SSU collect, but Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) partnered with them, by allowing the SOMC Life Centers to collect. Both the Wheelersburg and Lucasville branches successfully collected food that went towards the drive.

For more information on opportunities offered by the Shawnee State University Nursing Events Committee, reach Adair Carroll at 740-351-3249 or [email protected]

Reach Joseph Pratt at 740-353-3101, ext. 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.

Submitted photo SSU nursing students with some of the food they collected. photo SSU nursing students with some of the food they collected.
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