December 22, 2011
From left to right: Barb Miles, RN, Surgical/Pediatrics, St. Agnes Hospital; Kristina Krueger, Markesan; Lindsey Leisgang, Seymour; Nancy Noble, associate professor of nursing, Marian University; Tammy Jensen, CNA, Surgical/Pediatrics St. Agnes Hospital, Ava Jensen, daughter of Tammy Jensen; Jessica Daun, Fond du Lac; Raven Haight, Markesan; Nikki King, Fond du Lac and Kathy Miller, RN, Surgical/Pediatrics Director, St. Agnes Hospital.
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — The ninth annual School of Nursing Presents for Pediatrics campaign collected more than 500 gifts for children in Wisconsin hospitals.
Each holiday season, Marian University’s School of Nursing and Student Nurses Association (MUSNA) collect toys, DVD’s, books, games, stuffed animals and other requested gifts and deliver them to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Neenah. The gifts, either donated gifts or purchased through monetary contributions, are donated directly to the hospitals’ pediatric units.
Presents for Pediatrics focuses on children who are suffering from an acute or chronic illness during the holidays. The children are separated from friends and family and are in a new and often frightening environment. The goal of Presents for Pediatrics is to be a positive contribution to hospitalized individuals and their families. Even the littlest gift — a board game, an art kit, or a stuffed bunny — can bring smiles to faces that are often in the midst of major life challenges.
“This project is both an enjoyable and rewarding experience,” states Nancy Noble, associate professor and Co-Advisor of MUSNA. “The nursing students are able to experience and see the positive impact this project has on the children and their families. The donations from students, faculty and friends of Marian will help to make the holidays a little brighter for children who will be spending time in the hospital.”