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Nursing Students Participated in the Great American Teach In

On November 14th and 15th St. Petersburg College Level 3 Nursing Students participated in the “Great American Teach In” in both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

This was a chance for the nursing students to visit the Public School Systems in the Tampa bay area to share their love of nursing with the future leaders of America.

The nursing students prepared approximately 20minute interactive presentations for as many as 25 students per class. The students ranged in age of 5 up to 17 years of age.

As you can see by these pictures everyone had an amazing time!

SNA Food Drive

St. Petersburg College Student Nurses Association (SNA) organized a November food drive to give back to our community this holiday season. For the month of November, we collected nonperishable food items from all four levels of our SPC RN nursing students. The food drive was held at the SPC Health Education Center located in Pinellas Park. In between studying for finals and diligently working to wrap up the semester, these nursing students were still committed to supporting their community during the holidays. To turn up the heat, we decided to host a competition between Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4. Level 3 took 1st place by collecting the most items, and Level 2 closely followed. With the help of the student nurses, we were able to collect a total of 109 food items to be donated to our local CASA shelter. Founded in 1977, CASA is a domestic violence shelter that provides support and lifesaving services to domestic violence survivors and their children. They also work with the community to build a network of support while empowering and advocating for the survivors. SPC’s Student Nurses Association was eager to organize this food drive and felt very passionate about the cause. These donations were delivered right on time for the Thanksgiving dinner that was provided to the participants living in shelter. They were very thankful for the donations and were elated that our St. Petersburg College’s SNA reached out in support of the CASA organization. Our donations contributed to feeding over 50 people that are currently staying in shelter. Pictured below are a few of the members of SPC’s SNA organization with their Thanksgiving collection bins that were used for the food drive. Also pictured is Jennifer Farmbry, the Secretary for the Student Nurses Association, and Lauren Frawley, CASA’s Donor Services coordinator

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Nursing Faculty Members ;Theresa Castillo, Joanne Goot, Anne Morris, Kristina Patterson, and Angela Clem participated in the Making Strides of Pinellas.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer.

Introducing HAL

Introducing “HAL” a High-fidelity Patient Simulator. Unfortunately for HAL, his meth lab exploded and he needed emergency medical attention.

Dr. Clem and Mrs. Castillo’s Level III nursing students were able to jump into action and care for HAL during this most unfortunate event.

With the help of Mrs. Lisa Crumbley, Dr. Clem and Mrs. Castillo were able to recreate an adult burn simulation scenario something many new students would not experience during in clinical.

HAL survived and is recovering from his injuries.

Thanksgiving baby, now a student, reconnects with nurse 25 years later

Taylor Griffin began life in the NICU at Mease Dunedin Hospital on Thanksgiving Day in 1993. Nurse Angie Margetto never forgot Thanksgiving day that year because she was called into work to help deliver a set of pre-mature twins dubbed the “Turkey Twins”. She still has a photo of her with those babies but never imagined she would see them again. – Fast forward to November 2017 — An almost 24-year-old nursing student came to Mease Countryside Hospital NICU for her clinical. Angie was the charge nurse in the NICU that day and had to sign the students papers. As they were making small talk, the student, whose name was Taylor, shared that she was planning to celebrate her birthday that weekend because she was one of the Turkey Twins who had been born on Thanksgiving in 1993 at Mease Dunedin. Angie couldn’t believe her ears. The tiny little baby that she helped bring into the world now has plans to be a NICU nurse.

See the link below from the Tampa Bay Times April 9, 2018 edition.

Maternal/ Newborn Guest Lecture for level 2 nursing

Eileen Hicks Professor Emeritus of St. Petersburg College shared her life experiences as a Midwife in Africa and in the United states with Level 2 Nursing students from Dr. Clem, Mrs. Castillo, Mrs. Pennock and Mr. Schwalbs class. Professor Hicks presented a power point presentation on Labor and Delivery and Dystocia. She brought props to share with the students and she spoke of many different experiences she had while delivering many newborns in Africa.