July 01, 2015

JSN Student Community Service Recap

Jefferson College of Nursing students have lots of opportunities to be involved in community service. Here, three students share about some recent projects.

The Need for Glasses: 153 Million Reasons to Recycle for Sight
By: Rebecca Livesay, Class of 2015

The BSN Class of 2015 is collecting used eyeglasses for Lions Recycle for Sight. The Lions Club International works to provide usable eyeglasses to children and adults throughout the world through the Lions Recycle for Sight Program.  According to the World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors, and most of these visions impairments are quickly and easily diagnosed and treated with corrective lenses.

Your donated eyeglasses can help prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care worldwide. Check your drawers at home and donate any unwanted prescription eyeglasses, non-prescription sunglasses and reading glasses. Donation boxes are available on campus in Jefferson Alumni Hall (JAH) and the Gibbon Building and will be collected through April 15, 2014.

Philippines Relief Fund
By: Larry Dial, Class of 2014

JSN senior students Larry Dial and Jeffrey Dominguez, both Nursing Student Government Officers, have organized a relief fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Typhoon Haiyan slammed into six central Philippine islands on November 8, 2013, decimating buildings, homes and claiming lives. Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year and one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded.  Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) has caused thousands of fatalities, according to local officials.

JSN’s Traditional BSN and Accelerated Pathway junior and senior classes, along with the Facilitated Academic Coursework Track (FACT) program, collected funds from November 18 through November 26.  The proceeds will be donated to the World Food Program, a United Nations Aid program, as well as CARE, a humanitarian organization.  Both groups are on the ground in the Philippines in an effort to aid the people affected.

Get Your Rear In Gear
By: Matt Guyer, Class of 2013

A group of JCN students participated in Philadelphia’s 5th annual Get Your Rear In Gear 5K and Walk on Sunday, March 17, 2013.  The Get Your Rear in Gear events happen all over the country with the goal of raising money for research, screening and increasing awareness of colorectal cancer.  To date, the Philadelphia events have raised more than $650,000 benefiting the Colon Cancer Coalition (CCC). 

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death, though greatly preventable. The CCC aims to get people talking about colorectal cancer and screening to increase early diagnosis and treatment.  Seven JCN students were among more than 4,000 participants in attendance this year.  To prepare for this race, some students ran Tuesday afternoons with JCN’s informal running club, an initiative of the School’s chapter of the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) to promote a healthy lifestyle among nurses.  For more information please visit www.coloncancercoalition.com.