Hard working students with busy lives want to give back. The desire to help people is part of the motivation for many who enter the nursing profession. Gateway’s nursing students are caring people, who want to take a helpful role in the community. Members of Gateway’s Student Nurse Organization find success in their classes and reward in educating the public about health issues before they graduate.
Each year the Student Nurse Organization (SNO) selects a special project. In 2012 SNO members chose to raise money to help Make-A-Wish. SNO ran a bake sale, organized a raffle and collected private donations. These funds were raised in honor of Wish Child Gabby and her wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort. Through Make-A-Wish, Gabby’s family sent Gateway a thank you note and a photo, taken during her wish trip.
As organizers of SNO fundraising, Jennifer Fraiture and Amanda May realize that the time and effort they gave to SNO improved their own experience of Gateway while also improving the lives of others. Jennifer says, “Being a part of the Nursing program at Gateway has been a challenging but personally rewarding experience. I am so grateful to feel confident in my abilities as I enter into the working world and so lucky to have made many great friends in the process.” Amanda echoes those comments: “I have made great friends and gained a valuable education that will improve my family’s life.”
SNO does more than raise money. The members participate in all campus activities and plan many themselves. Students are scheduling a repeat visit of the Mammogram Van on the Edgewood campus and presented the February Gateway Heart Health Fair. One SNO member organized a Gateway SNO Heart Mini Marathon team. A nutrition education event is scheduled in April, comparing milk shakes, soft drinks and smoothies. Look for more fun and educational opportunities brought to Gateway by the Student Nurse Organization.
To learn more about how you can be more, visit the Gateway Admissions office.