Eau Claire Student Nurses' Association (ECSNA) paired up with Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing Delta Phi chapter to throw a spirit of giving holiday party.
The two groups made tie blankets to donate to a Native American Indian Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota. Gail Hanson Brenner, MSN, RN faculty advisor for ECSNA, stated "ECSNA frequently gives back to the community by volunteering time to work at events or working on projects such as the tie blankets." They also packaged small gift bags of personal hygiene items to take to Rosebud. Dr. Diane Marcyjanik, the President of the Sigma Delta Phi Chapter, takes clinical groups to Rosebud several times a year. The tie blankets will be provided to new mothers in the community and also residents at the Long Term Care Facility. The students met prior party to hear guest speaker, Dianne Whitehouse, who presented information on her position at Sacred Heart Hospital. Ms. Whitehouse, is a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), she shared her career story and explained how SANE nurses are specially trained in the medical, psychological, and forensic examination of the victim.
Students and faculty enjoy this yearly collaborative event to help others and celebrate the Holiday Season!