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Lemont Nurse Throws First Pitch at Cubs Game
Chamberlain College of Nursing and Nursing Spectrum/Nurse.com, Host ‘Nurses Day at the Ballpark’
CHICAGO—June 23, 2010—In celebration of National Nurses’ Week, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital nurse and Lemont resident Peggy Farrell, RN MSN threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game as part of Chamberlain College of Nursing and Nursing Spectrum/Nurse.com’s “Nurses Day at the Ballpark” activities.
Chamberlain College of Nursing, a proud advocate for quality healthcare and the nursing profession, sponsored “Nurses Day at the Ballpark” on May 12 as a way to recognize and thank all the hard-working nurses of Illinois who touch countless lives every day. Farrell’s first pitch kicked off the event, which was attended by nurses and nursing students from across the state and, coincidentally, took place on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
“Nurses play such a critical role in our society,” said Susan Groenwald, president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. “At Chamberlain, we believe it’s important to recognize outstanding nurses like Peggy whose unwavering commitment to patient care keeps Florence Nightingale’s lamp burning bright. And events like ‘Nurses Day at the Ballpark’ also help to increase public awareness of the national nursing shortage and the continued growth in the demand for nurses.”
Farrell is the nurse manager of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatrics ward at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill. She was chosen to throw the first pitch at the Cubs game as the winner of an essay contest asking nurses to describe their greatest career success. Farrell’s essay was about the time her department received their first-ever abandoned baby. A few days after the baby was admitted, the birthmother contacted Farrell -- she was young, had delivered the baby herself and had told nobody. The baby was soon adopted, but Farrell continued to talk with the birthmother nearly every day, helping her process her confusion and fear. Eventually, Farrell arranged and facilitated a meeting between the birthmother, the adoptive family and the baby. Several meetings followed, where names and phone numbers were exchanged. Farrell still keeps in touch with the birthmother, who is now in college.
“It was a very moving experience to play a positive role in the situation,” said Farrell. “As a nurse, you have the opportunity to affect people’s lives every day, but to be able to help this young woman when she was feeling so scared and alone really made an impact me.”
Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Chicago and Addison campuses are currently accepting applications for summer and fall class sessions, which will begin in July and October, respectively. For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s seven campus locations nationwide or to enroll in classes, call 888-556-8226 or visit www.chamberlain.edu.
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About Chamberlain College of Nursing Chamberlain College of Nursing offers bachelor's and master’s degree programs in nursing (program availability varies by location). Campuses are currently located in St. Louis, Missouri, Columbus, Ohio, Phoenix, Arizona, Addison, Illinois and Jacksonville, Florida.
Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC), www.ncahlc.org, one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. Courses at the Chicago, IL and Arlington, VA campuses are approved by HLC. Inclusion of the Chicago and Arlington campuses for degree-granting authority within the accreditation relationship will be reviewed through a September 2010 site visit from HLC. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the St. Louis and Columbus campuses and the Associate of Science in Nursing degree program at the Columbus campus are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the Addison, Columbus, Phoenix, and St. Louis campuses is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Arlington, Chicago, and Jacksonville campuses are pursuing programmatic accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met. Program availability varies by location. For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing please visit www.chamberlain.edu or call 888-556-8CCN (8226).
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