As healthcare workers grimly face a national shortage of medical supplies, nursing programs from Arizona’s community colleges are organizing and donating personal protective equipment to support local hospitals.
“We are 17 nursing programs strong and have joined forces to help those at the frontlines of this pandemic,” Dr. Jackie Elliot, president of Central Arizona College, said in a release. “These supplies help form a first line of defense, and give healthcare workers and patients the gear needed to protect against infection.”
Community college nursing programs from across Arizona have supplied thousands of boxes of sterile gloves, biohazard bags, precaution gowns, face masks, shoe covers, and surgical head covers to facilities in their areas. Programs have also provided much needed ventilators, hospital beds, face shields, goggles, and even student and employee volunteers.
“Arizona’s community colleges are in a unique position to help,” Todd Haynie, president of Eastern Arizona College, said in the release. “We use these supplies every day in our classrooms, but the community need is much greater now. Once the supply chain levels out, hospitals will replace these items so our students have the tools needed to succeed.”
Inventory counts are underway so additional items can be donated from other colleges across Arizona, including allied health and science programs.
To continue to support our Arizona’s community college students, courses have moved to remote learning environments for the remainder of the semester, the release states.
With 10 college districts and nearly 300,000 students, the Arizona community colleges are the backbone of Arizona's higher educational system, driving the economic engine and delivering an educated citizenry to meet the most in-demand jobs of today and the complexities of tomorrow, the release states.
Connected through shared goals of access and completion, Arizona community colleges deliver a high-quality, low-cost education, prepare students of all ages across the state to be career-ready and enable students for pathways to universities.
Go to arizonacommunitycolleges.org.