Nestled near Washington, D.C., student nurses at Chamberlain’s Arlington campus live and work among another professional population who are called to service: active and retired members of the military.
The campus community kicked off 2013 by honoring this service through the creation of a quilt of well wishes for a wounded soldier abroad.
A friend approached Chamberlain instructor Jennifer Drake, an avid quilter, to see if she would be interested in working with the group Joshua’s Hands® to sew a quilt for a wounded warrior. The quilts are delivered overseas to soldiers injured on the frontline, and they stay with them through their recovery.
“I started thinking that it would be really cool to make a Chamberlain quilt and send it to a wounded warrior,” she said. “We could wrap them up with our blessings, our thoughts and our gratitude.”
Drake, who is also an alumna of Chamberlain’s RN-BSN and MSN online programs, led the charge in cutting 60 6 ½ inch square denim blocks, while Chamberlain faculty and staff came together to write their messages of thanks and hope on behalf of the nursing school. Drake hopes the campus will continue working with the organization, as well as explore new ways to support the military community.
“I really enjoy doing service and I truly believe it’s a very important part of the nursing experience,” Drake said.