Long Beach– With
the help of almost $30,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment,
students at The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Nursing
on the Gulf Park campus are now able to function in a fully operational
skills lab to enhance their learning experience.
Oxy-Care of Gulfport, a highly reputable, long-established
home medical equipment company, donated the items to assist with
the expansion of Southern Miss' nursing program. Located on the
Mississippi Gulf Coast for nearly 30 years, Oxy-Care recognized
the need for more baccalaureate-level nurses to help meet the needs
of the health care community and made its commitment to help improve
the quality of education nursing students receive.
"We are so grateful to Oxy-Care for their support
and gracious donation of medical equipment and medical supplies,"
said Dr. Mary Coyne, professor and coordinator of the Gulf Park
School of Nursing. "It allowed us to revolutionize our skills
lab so that it now resembles a hospital environment. Nursing students
have immediate access to the same equipment used in hospitals, and
they can practice and feel confident before they go into the real
world to do procedures on patients."
As a key component in the growth of the nursing program,
the skills lab has expanded from four beds to 10 electric and specialty
hospital beds. It is equipped with intravenous poles, oxygen concentrators,
wheelchairs, nebulizers, patient hydraulic lifts, blood glucose
monitors, airway pressure devices, and many types of adjustable
canes, walkers, crutches and other items.
"We are delighted to be able to contribute to
the nursing profession, particularly at my alma mater," said
Ginger Jenner, Oxy-Care's national marketing director. "This
equipment donation will help student nurses receive the proper training
using new techniques and products in preparation for the real-world
Oxy-Care is a division of Southern Pharmaceutical
Corporation headquartered in Columbus, Miss., with 14 branches in
Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and Puerto Rico.
For more information about the Southern Miss Gulf
Park campus, contact development officer Dave Estorge at (288) 214-3282.