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Kind words, a gentle touch, a favorite object – these are among the top non-medical measures used by nurses to help soothe a patient who is hurt and scared.

Thanks to the efforts of Chamberlain’s Houston campus, several young patients in area hospitals will now benefit from a little more comfort and security. Students and faculty recently came together to create 16 fleece blankets for Project Linus, an organization that collects and distributes handmade blankets to seriously ill or traumatized children.

Over the course of a day, 10 students combined their efforts with around 15 faculty members to measure, cut and craft the blankets. Others donated fleece or money to the project.

“It was simple but beneficial,” said Stephanie Black, MSN, RN, faculty chair and second degree BSN option manager at the Houston campus. “We enjoyed doing it and hope that the recipients of these blankets can use them to help heal.”

Other recent community service projects at the Houston campus have included a food drive to benefit the local food pantry and a school supplies drive for students at a local elementary school.

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