Jacksonville State University’s Nursing Club made a huge splash at Relay for Life on May 10th, 2013 this year.
To raise money for cancer research, club President James Stanton, club faculty advisor Dr. Kay Prickett and many other club members sold grilled hotdogs, freshly popped popcorn, snow cones, chips, drinks and other foods to guests at the event.
“We’re doing a lot more stuff this year than we did last year... All the profits are going to cancer research”, says Stanton.
Although it’s a relatively unknown club on campus, the Nursing Club is known throughout the community as an organization that strives to make a difference. “The Nursing Club is not a new club; we had one back when I was an undergrad at JSU,” Stanton adds. “It’s part of the National Association of Nursing Students.”
Through their efforts at Relay for Life, the Nursing Club was able to raise $466 dollars, all of which will go to cancer research.
The club is active all throughout the year, doing canned food drives, blood drives, and other forms of service in the community.
Better integration with the student body and the community is also a goal of the club, according to Stanton.
They are also focused on helping students starting the program. “This year, through our fundraising, we were able to award a $500 scholarship to a lower division nursing student,” says Stanton. “... we’re trying to be more active across campus and the community.”
Being more active in the local community is crucial to the message of the Nursing Club, and for nursing students at JSU.