It was a look at the past while practicing for the future.
Students in introductory nursing courses presented posters April 16-17 that focused on notable nurses who were important historically or made an impact on contemporary nursing. The presentations were held in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.
Joy Washburn, associate professor of nursing, said the exercise serves two purposes. It gives the students an opportunity to practice presentation skills and learn more about their professional field.
“It’s the people who don’t get a lot of press,” Washburn said. “The ordinary people who do extraordinary things.”
Sarah Thornton studied Ildura Murillo-Rohde, an Hispanic nurse who practiced in the 1960s and ’70s. Murillo-Rohde founded the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and Thornton learned she often used her own money to fund the organization’s expenses.
“It showed me that when people have a passion for what they are doing, they will keep going at it,” Thornton said.
Andrew Kuiper researched Russell Tranbarger, who earned a nursing degree in 1959. “He faced a lot of opposition in the beginning as a male nurse,” Kuiper said.