The Mu Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority donated much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to nursing students attending the University of the Virgin Islands School of Nursing. On Friday, Oct. 15, sorority members delivered 70 masks to the UVI School of Nursing Building on the St. Thomas Campus.
Masks are now a required component in clinical settings needed to assist each student in completing their education. “Nursing school is very demanding and requires a lot of time, energy and effort. As a result, many of our students do not work and or have little to no financial means. These masks give the students one less thing to purchase and that means a whole lot,” said Celia Nurse, Ph.D., assistant professor and program chair as well as academic supervisor of nursing.
“One of the goals of the sorority is to encourage and support nursing students,” said Clarise O’Connor, sorority member and registered nurse. “It is our hope that by presenting these masks will encourage them to be a positive example to others … especially during this time,” said O’Connor. “It is an opportunity for student nurses, who may very well be sorors in the future, to teach by example, the benefits of wearing a mask.”
O’Connor said, “As nursing students, it is expected that they demonstrate hope, sensitivity and compassion when interacting with their clients or their peers.”
“The current state of the territory and the world relevant to COVID-19 stimulates lots of uncertainty,” said Celia Nurse. “However, what is certain is that nurses have to function in clinical environments through this and other emerging infectious diseases.”
“Our nursing students are eager to continue their nursing education, which requires clinical learning experiences,” she said. “This donation is important because masks have now become a part of the clinical uniform for our nursing students.”
“I am very grateful that despite the fact that there are so many things to think about in this state of uncertainty, Mu Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority thought of our nursing students,” Nurse said.
Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. is a sorority for nurses founded in 1932 by 12 graduates of Freedman’s Hospital. Mu Eta Chapter was chartered on Oct. 11, 1987. Chi Eta Phi’s members are committed to the sorority’s motto “Service for Humanity.”