M*A*S*H BASH: SUU Celebrates Nursing With The Community

Published: April 06, 2005 | Author: Marjean Allen, Director of Student Health Services | Read Time: 3 minutes

Southern Utah University wants to celebrate its new Nursing program with the community at the first MASH BASH on April 16 in the Main Street Park. Everyone is invited to attend.

The event will highlight the profession and the new program at SUU, and raise funds for scholarships, too.

Relay races, entertainment, food and information about nurses in the Iron County Area will be part of the festivities. Marjean Allen, Director of Student Health Services in the University’s Wellness Center, is working closely with the community Nursing Advisory Board to plan the spring nursing celebration.

After nearly 30 years of cooperation with the nursing program at Weber State University, SUU has created its own Department of Nursing with an innovative curriculum – a juxtaposition from the traditional curriculum from WSU. The SUU Department of Nursing offers a baccalaureate nursing degree in just four semesters, which Department Chair Donna Lister calls a “desirable standard nationwide.” A nurse for 23 years, and counting, Lister continues, “The exciting thing about our bachelor degree program is that once the students are accepted, they take the same number of semesters doing their nursing degree as they would doing an associate degree program. That’s an attractive thing about our nursing program.”

The MASH BASH festivities begin at noon. (Note: if the weather is not conducive for an outdoor celebration, the event will take place in the SUU Old Gym). There will be a hearty Dutch oven lunch for $10 per person. All proceeds go toward SUU nursing scholarships. Also, visitors can view a nostalgic fashion show of old nursing uniforms, live professional music and entertainment, and children's games.

The signature event, however, will be the Hospital Bed Race! It's not too late to enter your team of five for an entry fee of just $100. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest time and the best decorated bed. And, of course, there will be the coveted Traveling Bedpan Award!

For more info on the MASH BASH, contact Marjean Allen at 586-7718 or allen@suu.edu

For more information about the nursing program or application information, call the Nursing Department at 586-7915 or visit its website at http://www.suu.edu/cose/nursing

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Through its more than 100-year history, Southern Utah University has evolved from a teacher training school into its current role as a comprehensive, regional university to 6,000 students from across the globe. It serves the southern region of Utah and contiguous counties in surrounding states with undergraduate and graduate programs in six colleges. People of the region look to the University for outreach services, culture, economic and business development, higher learning, regional history, public affairs, major academic specialties, and significant entertainment and recreation. Accentuated by the notable, economic value of its services, SUU's hallmark is its quality staff, faculty and academics.

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