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The holiday season is a wonderful time to give and to give back, and here at MCCN, we have had several opportunities to do so and there are more opportunities in store!

Avondale Blanket Project: Thanks to the Mount Carmel Foundation for funding the purchase of fleece, MCCN faculty, staff and students, donated their time for three Fridays at Avondale Elementary School. Faculty, staff and students worked with the students from Kindergarten to 5th grade to cut and tie the fleece to make blankets for each of the students at Avondale to take home.

Avondale Tree: For more than 20 years, MCCN has adorned a tree in the Marian Hall Lobby filled with gift wishes for each student at Avondale Elementary School. As in years past, MCCN faculty, staff and students purchased the gifts for one or more children to receive for Christmas and returned to the tree.

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The Carmel Rapper reprints this article that appeared in the November issue of Mount Carmel West’s newsletter, The Guardian, because we determined our readers would benefit from this description of the October 3, 2017, Journey to Excellence Nursing Conference. The author is Dina Bush, MHA, RN, vice president of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

This year I had the honor and privilege to speak at the annual Journey to Excellence Nursing Conference that is hosted by Mount Carmel each year, funded through the Mount Carmel Foundation. This year’s topic was Maximizing Your Professionalism. Nursing has come a long way in the 145 years since Florence Nightingale. The fundamentals of patient care, cleanliness and management that are taught in nursing school are her legacy. Her greatest legacy to the nursing profession is the fact that she elevated nursing to a higher degree of professionalism and respectability than ever before.

On Monday, November 6, Laura Lawrence, BSN, RN, student health nurse; Meredith Douds, BSN, RN, instructor; and students who attended the Costa Rica Mission Trip gave a presentation about their October 2017 experience.

According to Laura, "The students really dove into the experience, seeing more than 300 people over four days – I’m very proud of our Mount Carmel presence." Student perspectives included:

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Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I trust that everyone’s Thanksgiving was delicious and family-filled, and that you are now preparing to successfully complete final exams and enjoy a delightful holiday break. Mount Carmel College of Nursing has already received a few early “gifts” I’d like to share with you now:

In the spirit of comradery and encouragement, MCCN-Lancaster sophomore students all donned t-shirts to support their fellow classmate, Grace, as she goes through treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The t-shirts included the hashtag #GraceStrong.

The Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) of OhioHealth is the sexual violence intervention and prevention program serving Columbus and Franklin County. SARNCO is looking for people who want to make a difference, excel at listening to the needs of others, and care about ending sexual and relationship violence in our community.

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Dannielle Moore, representative of "Be the Match" for bone marrow donation spoke to the SNAM-Lancaster group to outline the process for bone marrow donation. Hanna Topf, Breakthrough to Nursing officer for SNAM-Lancaster, is organizing a donor drive. Contact Hanna at htopf@mccn.edu if you have any questions.

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