ATLANTA – Earlier this week, faculty and staff in Mercer’s College of Nursing packed boxes of masks, gloves, goggles and gowns to donate to healthcare workers in Atlanta-area hospitals who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
“We didn’t have huge amounts, but we gave all we had,” said Dean Linda Streit, R.N., Ph.D.
The College of Nursing distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) to WellStar Health System, the state’s largest healthcare system, as well as Peachford Hospital in Dunwoody.
“I think all of us must be prudent and realize that our healthcare workers need vital supplies that may be sitting in our labs and stored in our cabinets. They are serving no purpose stored for future use when PPE is in critical need,” said Dr. Streit.
Additionally, consistent with Gov. Brian Kemp’s address on March 23, the College of Nursing will be facilitating all pre-licensure nursing graduates to seek temporary licensure through the Georgia Board of Nursing to address the critical healthcare needs of Georgians.
About the College of Nursing
Founded in 1902 as a school of nursing, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing is the longest established nursing program in Georgia. Over its 116-year history, the College has graduated more than 8,500 nurses. The College remains dedicated to educating the person, fostering the passion and shaping the future of nursing. The College merged with Mercer in 2001 and offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (including a traditional BSN, RN-BSN and an Accelerated BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Ph.D. in nursing. The College of Nursing is one of four academic units within the Mercer Health Sciences Center, along with the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and College of Health Professions. For more information, visit nursing.mercer.edu.