During Nurses Week, ALL UW System nursing students, including those at UW-Eau Claire, are participating in a collaborative initiative to give back to their local communities and increase visibility for the nursing profession. As part of this initiative, each student nurses organization chose a local organization to support. The ECSNA at the Eau Claire site selected The Community Table located in downtown Eau Claire. They are soliciting donations from students and faculty for use by Community Table clients, as well as cleaning supplies, condiments and other items for the organization in support of its mission. The drive will be held from May 7-May 11. A collection bin is located in the Learning Resource Center, Room 154 near the ECSNA-EC shelf.
The UW-Eau Claire Marshfield site nursing students held a Penny War to give back to their local community. The penny war consisted of each class collecting pennies for positive points and silver coins for negative points. This year the students chose to donate items to Shirley’s House of Hope for the second year in a row. Shirley's House of Hope is an organization that helps rebuild, renew, and restore lives of women and children hurting from domestic violence. They help provide emergency overnight housing for those who need a few weeks to secure alternative housing, provide a six-month healing program for women who want to break the cycle of domestic violence, and provide transitional services for women and their children including assistance with securing housing and employment. The nursing students created a Penny War between each student class as well as the staff at the Marshfield site location. The student organization, Eau Claire Student Nurses Association – Marshfield site, matched the students amount as well. They bought and donated household items such as cleaning supplies, soap, towels, tweezers, razors, mouth wash, hand sanitizer, and outdoor kid’s games.
These efforts during Nurses Week not only impact local communities but are a testament to how all UW Nursing programs contribute to the state of Wisconsin.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday.
Eau Claire ESCNA members pictured above include:
Top row (L-R): Emily Gyorog, Sydney Halley, Justin Giebel, Katelyn McGowan, Ethan Jackson, Courtney Weiners, and Anthony Latour
Bottom row (L-R): Olivia Weirtz, Anna Bachmeier, Becca Wickler, Kylie Northagen, Courtney Kommer, Emily Leonard, and Amaris Vessely