Happy Nurses Week! National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. During this week we nationally recognize nurses in every step of their profession, from students to retired nursing veterans, for their hard work and resilience in a demanding profession. Nurses are there with compassion when we are ill, hurt, lost, and fighting for our lives. Nurses give us hope. 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR NURSING LEADERS

This year we have a special video from our Chief Nursing Officer and the Directors of Nursing at our three campuses, where they reflect on what Nurses Week means to them, how their fellow nurses, nursing educators, and nursing students, have made a lasting impression on their careers as nursing leaders, and give thanks for your compassion and strength. 
 
Watch the Full Video here:
 
You can also find our Nurses Week video on Instagram and LinkedIn
 
Nursing Faculty and Students, we will be distributing new swag items to celebrate you. Please connect with your Director of Nursing on how to collect yours if you haven’t already!
 
Smith Chason School of Nursing Nurses Week swag items
 

THANK YOU, NURSES

We would like to thank you for being the rock that takes care of our families, friends, and colleagues, the educators that create lasting impacts on our future nurses, and the students that persevere through tough times to be the best nurse they can be. Thank you for your dedication to this profession. 

This month, WCUI is celebrating 5 years of a wonderful partnership with Peoria MET Academy! Five years ago, Peoria MET brought their first class of medical students to WCUI’s original WCUI Phoenix campus to take a tour of our medical imaging labs. Since then, WCUI has hosted field trips for Peoria MET’s medical students to visit our campus. During the visits, students tour our labs and get a first-hand experience of what it takes to become a sonographer, MRI technologist, and nurse.

Our Partnership 

Throughout the years, WCUI has donated ultrasound machines to Peoria MET. The ultrasound machines allow their class of over 50 medical students a chance to learn the basics of ultrasound while completing their high school education. By receiving this hands-on experience, Peoria students are able to discover all aspects of the medical field including the exciting field of medical imaging!

During our five-year partnership, WCUI has provided student volunteers to help train Peoria’s students and sometimes their other faculty members on the donated ultrasound machines, sharing the amazing feat of seeing with sound.

In February 2021, WCUI donated four ultrasound machines to Peoria MET

New Donations & A Tour of the New Campus

In February 2021, we had the opportunity to donate four more ultrasound machines to continue to support Peoria MET programs. After a year of canceled field trips, Peoria MET’s Medical Strand Instructor, Kathy Kasney, and two MET students took a tour of the brand new Phoenix campus.

During their visit, Kathy and her students presented the WCUI Phoenix campus with a signed poster and student-made, machine etched tokens of appreciation featuring their logo and ours. A wonderful heartfelt gesture that symbolizes our collaboration with them over the years.

Kathy and her students were able to learn more about our new Practical Nursing program and meet with our Director of Practical Nursing Catherine Jagos. Catherine invited Kathy and her students to practice a few nursing skills in our brand new nursing simulation lab!

We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Peoria MET. Together we help their students gain knowledge and skills to pursue their goals of becoming our future healthcare professionals.

About Peoria MET

Peoria MET is a local Arizona Profesional Academy whose programs allow students to realize their strengths and passions by exploring potential science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) professions. The MET Professional Academy is designed to motivate students by treating them as working professionals. The programs prepare them for post-secondary education and careers in high-demand STEM fields. You can learn more about Peoria MET by visiting their website (www.peoriaunified.org/MET) and following them on Facebook (@PeoriaMET)and Instagram (@peoriaunifiedmet).