Student nurses give back

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Written by Muleskinner Staff

By CASSIE SLANA
Senior Writer
(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — The University of Central Missouri student nursing organization donated more than 100 cans of food to the Campus Cupboard last month.
Allison Norwood, assistant professor of nursing, has been involved with SNO for 23 years and said the organization always focuses on serving the community.
“SNO usually focuses on one for Warrensburg and one for (the) Lee’s Summit (and) Kansas City area since there is a campus in both areas,” Norwood said.
Norwood said SNO has also been involved with serving other organizations such as the Women’s Abuse Center, Project Linus,and Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat.
Colton Downing, junior nursing major and co-president of SNO, said having a hand in any community outreach program is rewarding. He said SNO has encouraged him to overcome obstacles throughout the program.
“The organization helped me, in times of stress, to realize that I wasn’t the only one having a tough time at certain points of the program,” Downing said. “SNO supplies an outlet to vent and receive help from others.”
Downing said one of his favorite experiences in the organization was spending the day at the Warrensburg Veterans home.
“We spent the day talking with the veterans, escorting them around the fair and having a good time,” Downing said. “The experience was humbling and gave me a different perspective.”
Norwood said in the last two or so years, students choose to donate to the Campus Cupboard in order to assist the campus community. She said fundraising for food has always been more visibly rewarding for the students.
“The Campus Cupboard is local and I am sure that students are also gathering food that could be used by themselves due their own hardships of schooling,” she said.
This is true in the case of Kelsie Vance, senior nursing major and co-president of SNO, who said donating has encouraged her and other students to get involved.
“I am so thankful that I was made aware of the needs of the Campus Cupboard and the UCM students who utilize it in order to impact others to want to donate and support the Campus Cupboard as well,” Vance said. “This has been a positive experience for me while attending UCM because it gives myself and the organization a chance to give back to a community that has done so much for us.
“There are so many opportunities to help others within the community, and having the chance to support the Campus Cupboard is just one way the Student Nursing Organization can work to make a positive impact.”
Norwood said 41 nursing students contributed to the Campus Cupboard donation this year.