Wheeling Jesuit Student Nurses Warm Up Christmas for Wheeling Hospital Patients

  WJU Communications
  Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:09 AM
  WJU News, Service

Wheeling, WV

Nursing students at Wheeling Jesuit University are making sure patients in Wheeling Hospital’s Center for Pediatrics have a sense of warmth and comfort this holiday season.

blankets.jpgEight WJU students made and distributed blankets to youngsters at Wheeling Hospital – a service project the nurses undertook to make the holiday brighter for those patients in the pediatrics unit.

“Each year our nursing students undertake a service project. This year, the students decided they would like to make blankets to do something nice for these children who are not feeling well,” said Dr. Maryanne Capp, director of WJU’s nursing program. 

Photo Cutline: Wheeling Jesuit nursing students made and delivered fleece blankets to Wheeling Hospital’s pediatric department this Christmas season. In front are: Shelby Wade, presidents of WJU’s Student Nurses Association and WJU’s Nursing Department Director, Maryanne Capp. In back are WJU nursing students Pacifique Lwanzo, Madeline Smyth, Giovanena Denard, Melissa Wagner, Kylie Rahi, Wheeling Hospital’s Pediatrics Coordinator

She noted her students have spent the semester learning about pediatrics, so “they can relate to the children and wanted to do something to make their Christmas brighter.” 

Pediatrics Coordinator at Wheeling Hospital, Chris Minch said, “This is a wonderful gift for our children – a real surprise. Our patients really love the blankets – they give the children a homey feeling and comfort during their stay. We are grateful for this gift from the students. It’s a real labor of love.”

The Student Nurses Association held fund raisers to purchase the materials to make the blankets. Capp said it took the eight senior student nurses about four hours to make the blankets

Shelby Wade, president of WJU’s Student Nurses Association, said, “The nurses at Wheeling Hospital’s pediatric department did a lot for all of us during our clinical rotation and we wanted to do something to thank them.”

The Colliers, West Virginia resident said she and her classmates took some time following their last day of classes to make the fleece blankets. “It was a great experience for us and it was so nice to see the children’s faces light up when we delivered them.”

Rachel Yontz of Richmond, Virginia added that she and her classmates wanted to do something that would make Christmas a little brighter for the patients. “We’re happy we could provide these patients the blankets and give them a bit of comfort during their stay in the hospital.”

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