December 11, 2008

Owens Findlay-area Campus Nursing Students Lift Hospital Children’s Spirits During Holiday Season

Owens registered nursing student Kim Ackley of Carey begins wrapping one of many toys, which were later given to area children spending the holiday season in local hospitals.

Owens registered nursing student Kim Ackley of Carey begins wrapping one of many toys, which were later given to area children spending the holiday season in local hospitals.

FINDLAY, OH – Happiness and cheer was abounding within area hospitals thanks to recent humanitarian efforts of Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus’ Student Nursing Association. More than 75 toys ranging from dolls and stuffed animals to coloring books and electronic games, collected as part of a community wide drive, were given to smiling children forced to spend the holiday season in local hospitals.

“As future nurses, we are taught about the importance of being concerned not only with physical healing, but also emotional healing,” stated Aris Mojica of Findlay, an Owens registered nursing student and a member of the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association. “This toy drive is one great way to help area children smile while spending time in the hospital.”

Among the hospitals where Owens students and faculty personally hand-delivered the charitable gifts included Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center in Findlay, Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin in Tiffin, Fremont Memorial Hospital in Fremont and Fostoria Community Hospital in Fostoria. Nearly 300 toys have been donated to area hospital children the last four years.

“Wood County Hospital is extremely grateful to Owens Community College’s nursing students for the thoughtful gifts and their efforts to help others,” said Lori Tuck, Director of Medical Surgical and Pediatrics at Wood County Hospital. “The children are absolutely delighted to receive the gifts. To see each face light up with excitement is priceless and brightens the day not only for the children, but also the hospital staff.”

According to Deanna Hays of St. Marys, Owens registered nursing student and President of the Findlay-area Campus Student Nursing Association, the support once again for this year’s toy drive from Owens employees and community residents was amazing.

“I really want to thank everyone who donated toys for our toy drive,” said Hays. “These donations make a world of difference for children spending the holidays in area hospitals.”

Hays added, “I also want to thank area hospitals for allowing our organization to spread holiday cheer to their patients. Many of the Owens nursing students conduct their clinical work in these hospitals. It’s feels great to give back to these hospitals who open their doors and allows us to learn from their staff.”

More than 75 toys were delivered to six area hospitals as part of the toy drive.

More than 75 toys were delivered to six area hospitals as part of the toy drive.

The Owens Student Nursing Association has a rich and storied history, serving as one of the longest active student organizations at the College. In 2005, Owens expanded its student activities opportunities to include a new Findlay-area Campus chapter of the Student Nursing Association. The organization was created for Findlay-area Campus nursing and pre-nursing students with the overall mission of providing avenues for individuals to engage in community service activities, as well as to serve as a support network for nursing students. There are currently 10 nursing students participating in the Findlay-area Campus chapter.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.