October 16, 2007 – In an effort to help future nurses get ahead of the education and job-training game, St. Francis Hospital has generously donated 95 “student bags” to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students enrolled at Columbus Technical College. That number includes 40 ADN students who are studying at the program’s collaborative sites, West Georgia Technical College in LaGrange and Flint River Technical College in Thomaston, Georgia.
Columbus Technical College nursing student, Charletta Jones, accepts her student bag from St. Francis’ Director of Medical Nursing, Christy Sports Jones.
Each bag is valued at approximately $150 but to the nursing students, the packages are priceless. Employees at St. Francis Hospital assemble the bags to include supplies such as syringes, a stomach tube, Foley catheter tray, suction catheter set, antibacterial hand sanitizer, Yankeur suction tube, secondary medication set, penlight, dressing change tray and more. This is the fourth year St. Francis Hospital has underwritten this expense for freshmen nursing students.
The Director of Nursing Recruitment for St. Francis Hospital, Shirley Stanford, is all smiles as she gives Columbus Technical College nursing student, Chris Crawford, her bag of supplies valued at $150.
These nursing students are now able to go into their lab settings with the tools needed to learn and practice basic clinical skills such as catheterizing a patient or performing wound care.