180 Degrees of Impact

  • Jim and Mary Ann Dickey with beneficiaries

    In addition to medical knowledge, good nurses have a strong bedside manner and confidence. Before nursing students enter their first clinical experiences in hospitals, they work with clinical kits, which contain all the instruments they will encounter. The mandatory kits familiarize them with the experience to come. For some students, purchasing the kits presents a financial hardship.

    Jim and Mary Ann Dickey spotted the need and decided to cover the cost of kits for all of IUP’s 180 sophomore nursing students.

    “It's difficult to describe the impact of Mr. and Mrs. Dickey's generosity,” said Theresa Gropelli, who chairs the Nursing and Allied Health Department.  “So many of our students don't have money for extras. The kits cost more than a hundred dollars each, but what might be more meaningful is how it has inspired some of our senior students to donate their kits back to the department, for future students who might not be able to cover the cost. What the Dickeys did is contagious. A true inspiration.”

    If you invested in program and equipment needs, you ensured students have the chance to practice their passion in real-life situations and enhance their ability to be the best at whatever it is they choose to become.

    In the photo: Jim and Mary Ann Dickey and a few of their 180 beneficiaries

    You may make an immediate gift online by following the link above. Or, get print forms that you may mail to us. Either way, we thank you!

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