News from MacMurray College
Nursing students help create awareness
Ten participate in Mental Illness Awareness Week
JACKSONVILLE, IL – MacMurray College nursing students participated in several activities this week to recognize Mental Health Awareness Week, a national event. Students traveled to Springfield, IL, volunteering in outreach, education and advocacy.
“This is one of many ways that we can enhance our students’ learning,” said Georgine Berent, MacMurray associate professor of nursing and course coordinator.
Student nurses from MacMurray had the opportunity to attend a National Alliance for Mental Illness meeting to discuss the effects of schizophrenia in a family. They also participated in a candlelight prayer service for mental health recovery and understanding.
Jill Parsons, assistant professor and clinical instructor for Mental Health Nursing, stated “These opportunities benefit our students today and also when they are working in the hospital, community, or wherever they choose to start their careers.”
Pictured front row, left to right are: Jacqueline Seymour of Murrayville, IL, Assistant Professor of Nursing Jill Parsons, Kaitlyn Lawson of Winchester, IL, Laura Bowman of Alton, IL. Second row, left to right: Andrea Haye of Byron, IL, Kelsey Nielsen of Harvard, IL, Jay Thompson, Jennifer Kretzer of Arenzville, IL, Associate Professor Georgine Berent, and Linda Thompson, past president and board member of National Alliance for Mental Illness in Springfield.