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Mount NSU honored for blood drive successes

November 22, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

From left to right, Christopher Kelly of Massapequa Park, N.Y., president of the Mount’s Nursing Student Union; NSU advisors Christine Berté, director of graduate nursing programs and Anne Corcoran, associate professor of nursing; and Kasondra Colasanti of Berlin, Conn., vice president of the Mount’s NSU.

 

Mount Saint Mary College’s Nursing Student Union was recently recognized by the New York Blood Center for their frequent blood drive efforts.

At a luncheon and awards ceremony hosted by the NY Blood Center, Christopher Kelly of Massapequa Park, N.Y., president of the Mount’s Nursing Student Union, and Kasondra Colasanti of Berlin, Conn., vice president, accepted the award on the union’s behalf.

“The blood drive has been a staple in the Nursing Student Union and it was an honor to go to the event together this year,” said Kelly. “Blood is one of the things that people take for granted. We never know the situations we will be put into… As a nursing student, we are introduced to tons of scenarios where a person may be in dire need of a transfusion.”

The Mount’s most recent blood drive, held in October, found students, staff, and members of the local community giving the gift of life to the tune of 173 pints.

Along with medical professionals from the New York Blood Center, members of the college’s Nursing Student Union (NSU) were among those assisting at the event.

“Through the years, the Nursing Student Union has done a fantastic job of passing the torch to the upcoming year and maintaining success in the blood drive,” noted Kelly. “Everyone, from years past and present, have been such an asset to the club and the blood drive event.”

At Mount Saint Mary College, about 45 percent of first year students aim for health professions. The Mount’s nationally accredited four-year nursing degree program boasts a high NCLEX-RN passage rate that consistently exceeds the state average.