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Since the United States Bicentennial in 1976, February has been recognized as Black History Month; its precursor dates to 1926. Although the female mathematicians recently depicted in the award-winning movie, Hidden Figures, were previously unknown, many MCCN students may be aware of the contributions of Mary Eliza Mahoney:

Inducted into the American Nurses Association (ANA) Hall of Fame in 1976, Mary Eliza Mahoney is recognized as the first African American to complete nurses’ training and go on to work professionally as a nurse in the United States.

Have a funny or poignant nursing-related story to tell? Amanda Page, MFA, assistant professor, is organizing a nurses storytelling session: “Nerve Endings: Stories from the Practice,” at Wild Goose Creative at 2491 Summit St., Columbus, on Saturday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Contact Amanda at apage@mccn.edu if you are interested in letting your voice be heard at this fun event. All are welcome to participate and/or attend.

Join Campus Ministry for a Mission Trip from Monday, May 8 through Saturday, May 13. The cost is $350, which includes your flight and lodging. A deposit of $50 is due February 20 and the remainder, $300, is due March 20. Contact Dr. Ellen O’Shaughnessy, director of Campus Ministry at eoshaughnessy@mccn.edu or 614.582.7790 with any questions or to reserve your spot.

If you are interested in becoming a hospice volunteer, whether at the bedside or behind the scenes, join Mount Carmel Hospice and Palliative Care for a special panel discussion. A group of Mount Carmel Hospice volunteers will discuss their roles and contributions and answer your questions. One of these sessions can help you find the best way you can serve people in your community who are at the end of life.

Kerry Fankauser, MSN, RN, assistant professor shares a story about her observance of the selflessness of MCCN student Donald Germany: A junior who was in APP last summer, Donald went out of his way to help a fellow student on a cold, snowy January night. Danielle Brown had accidentally locked her keys in her car with engine running, right in front of the College. With no spare key and no AAA, she called Safety & Security but was told they could not break into her car. Finding her in distress, Donald readily said he would help, even though he did not know her. He got his car from garage and when he returned he noticed that – with her coat locked in her car, she was cold. He didn’t hesitate to put his own coat around her shoulders, revealing his student uniform, from having just finished clinicals. Donald took equipment out of his car and tried to assist her for about ten minutes without success. I then called my AAA, who said they would come as soon as they could. Even though I told Donald that I would stay with Ms. Brown so that he could leave, he stayed, continuing to try and assist – he was successful before AAA arrived and Danielle was on her way! Donald Germany went above and beyond and I want to recognize him for his willingness to help another student in time of need.

Mark your calendars now for Nurses Day at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Nurses Day is a day when 400 nurses and student nurses come together at the Statehouse to learn more about legislative issues and visit legislators. The College will sponsor 12 students. Spaces fill up fast, so contact Pat McKnight, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, assistant professor, at pmcknight@mccn.edu or 614.234.5861. Professor McKnight may be able to work with your instructor if you have class during this time.

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