ADA — A large screen television has been donated by the Ada Wal-Mart Supercenter to Rolling Hills Hospital with the help of the senior nursing students and instructors in ECU's department of nursing.

The TV was donated in memory of Sandy Anglin, RN, BSN, a 1994 ECU graduate who died in October from a cerebral aneurysm.

Anglin, who was a unit manager at Rolling Hills, was passionate about her career and the welfare of the clients entrusted to her care, said Joseph Catalano, RN, PhD, chair of ECU's nursing department.

"She was a strong, positive role model for the ECU nursing students and would take time out of her busy day to work with them to help them understand mental illness," he said.

The senior nursing students who do their mental health nursing clinical rotations at Rolling Hills noted a need for a TV for the clients, said ECU nursing instructor Roberta Mowdy, RN, MSN.

"One of the students suggested that we contact Wal-Mart and they were very generous in agreeing to donate the TV," Mowdy said. The current senior class which will graduate next May is the largest graduating class the department of nursing has ever had. The class has 60 students.

"The nursing department and its students conduct several community-related activities each year," Catalano said. "We usually do things like blood pressure screening clinics or teaching sessions with local grade schools, so this activity was quite different."

"We feel that it is important for the students to have a sense of community service as part of their nursing practice," said Janet Pasquali, MSN, ARNP, co-instructor. "The practice of professional nursing goes far beyond what most people see in the popular media."

The ECU department of nursing offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing through two options, the generic option and RN to BSN completion option. After completing pre-requisite courses, students in the generic option take five semesters of nursing classes. After graduation, they take the NCLEX licensure exam and become Registered Nurses.

The RN to BSN option offers RNs with an associate degree the opportunity to complete a 12-month sequence of upper-level nursing courses and earn a BS degree. The BS degree is the acknowledged professional degree for nurses.

The ECU department of nursing was established in 1971 and is recognized as one of the best nursing programs throughout the region. Graduates of the program are heavily recruited by health care facilities in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

For more information about the program, phone (888) 691-0001 or e-mail: ssibble@mailclerk.ecok.edu.