Mount nursing students collect supplies for Dominican Republic

November 18, 2011

Newburgh, NY -

More than two dozen nursing students and two faculty will travel to the Dominican Republic in January on a humanitarian mission, to serve in the poorest communities -- the bateyes, or shantytowns.

The Mount Saint Mary College group will volunteer with the not-for-profit Foundation for Peace, dedicated to helping people in materially impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Kenya by providing educational support, healthcare access, economic opportunity, and hope.

Last year, nursing professor Dianne Murphy traveled with members of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing to San Pedro de Marcois, Dominican Republic, where she helped bring in medical supplies, set up clinics, and provided nursing care in the bateyes.

Donations of supplies are sought for the Mount group’s volunteer work. Murphy says the “wish list” includes soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bandages, children and adult Tylenol and Advil, children and adult vitamins.

Donations may be dropped off until December 23 at the nursing department office in Aquinas Hall, room 210, weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm. Call 845-569-3127 for information.

Monetary donations will also be accepted, to purchase medicines such as anti-fungals, parasite medications, and antibiotics. Checks, made out to Foundation for Peace, can be mailed to Dr. Dianne Murphy, Mount Saint Mary College, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY, 12550.

Mount Saint Mary College offers the only four year nursing degree program in New York’s mid Hudson Valley and boasts a NCLEX-RN passage rate in the high 90s to 100.

Students in this highly competitive nursing program hone skills working with computerized patient simulators in state of the art labs, and also in clinical experience in the field, as they pursue their bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing.

Mount alumni have been recognized in many areas. Margaret Armento-McDowell received the Nurse Administrator of the Year award from the New York State Nurses Association. Margaret Deyo-Allers, of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, NY, was named the Hudson Valley’s Top Nurse.

The Mount is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, plus specialized accrediting commissions such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).