University community invited to join Nurses Helping Nurses Challenge

In celebration of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), Salve Regina is recognizing seven decades of excellence in nursing education through the Nurses Helping Nurses Challenge. Nursing alumni are invited to support current nursing students by making a gift toward the new nursing wing in the O’Hare Academic Building or by adding to the Nursing Alumni Scholarship Fund.

The Rodgers Family Department of Nursing wing in the recently expanded O’Hare Academic Building includes a state-of the-art nursing simulation laboratory, encompassing a technology-equipped observation room where students and faculty members can observe others making assessments and performing procedures on simulated 3G manikins.

Longtime Salve benefactor and grandparent of graduates Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton extended a challenge to alumni and friends to help complete the campaign for O’Hare. She agreed to contribute $250,000 if at least 1,000 alumni support the project and an additional $750,000 is raised by the University. Gifts from Salve Regina nursing alumni and friends to the Hamilton Challenge will move Salve Regina closer to this goal.

Nursing alumni launched the Nursing Alumni Scholarship fund in 2006. The fundraising initiative provides important scholarship support for nursing students who demonstrate academic excellence and an understanding of the University’s mission in their actions toward others.

Nursing students from the Class of 2017 have already joined Nurses Helping Nurses by designating their Senior Challenge gifts to the Hamilton Challenge. “I am proud that 83 percent of our senior nursing students have participated, and I hope that our enthusiasm for giving back to our alma mater will inspire alumni nurses to do the same,” said Student Nursing Organization president Amanda Smith 17.

The University is challenging its nursing alumni to achieve 450 gifts by Friday, May 12. Learn more about the Nurses Helping Nurses Challenge at

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