Mended Hearts Gives to USC Aiken Nursing Program

December 08, 2016

Mended Hearts Vice President Chris Maxwell, left, and Clair Haupt, treasurer, give the University of South Carolina Aiken a generous gift, which will be used to buy new IV arms, a medication cart and a school-age, child-sized mannequin patient. 

These items will be used in the USC Aiken’s School of Nursing’s simulation labs, outfitted just like hospital rooms.  The additions to the labs will give the students the chance to practice sterile techniques; finding veins; treating school-age accidents and medical concerns; and dispensing medication in a real-world scenario before they ever see their first real patient. 

The simulated experiences help students gain critical knowledge and confidence, according to Andrew Zimmerman, a senior nursing student from Reno, Nevada. 

Mended Hearts has provided other critical care needs for the School of Nursing’s labs, including an infant hospital bed and warmer. 

"We have partnered with USC Aiken for a number of years," said Maxwell.  "It’s beneficial to us as heart patients and the rest of the community for these students to be able to pass their boards and be better equipped to take care of their patients." 

Also on hand to receive the Mended Hearts gift were Kay Lawrence, simulation director; Rhomteen Houshiar, senior nursing student, Dr. Thayer McGahee, dean, USC Aiken School of nursing, center; Briana Wieneke; Andrew Zimmerman and Shelby tasker, all senior nursing students who graduate in May.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.