Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blood drive sponsored by the College of Nursing's Undergraduate Nursing Senate 9/13

Recycle yourself! Give blood on Tuesday, September 13th in St. Mary’s Gym during the Undergraduate Nursing Senate (UNS) Blood Drive from 11am to 5pm. Appointments preferred via www.redcrossblood.org, enter sponsor #2031.

For over 25 years, UNS has been sponsoring blood drives with the American Red Cross. That's a lot of lives saved by the Villanova community.

What happens to your blood? Blood may be used for whole blood transfusions or it is separated into its components including red blood cells, plasma, platelets, and antihemophilic factor. Each component can be transfused to different individuals with different needs. Therefore, each donation can be used to help save as many as three lives—among them premature infants, babies having open heart surgery, people with hemophilia, and trauma, cancer and burn patients.

You can help three people and give hope to their families and friends by being there September 13th!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hazel Johnson '59 dies, first female African American general

Hazel Johnson, '59 BSN, seen here during a light moment as she delivered an address at the Alpha Nu brunch in 2003 during the College's 50th Anniversary gala weekend.

Hazel Johnson, Class of 1959, died on August 5. Hazel was the first African-American woman to hold the rank of General in the U.S. Army and the first African American to hold the position of Chief Nurse of the Army Nurse Corps. She was profiled in the Spring 2006 issue U.S. Military Nurses: A Special Salute to Leaders in Service of Villanova Nursing on pg. 3.

Following retirement from the Army, Hazel directed the Government Affairs office at the headquarters of the American Nurses Association, and taught in the graduate nursing program at George Mason University. She also served on the Villanova University Board of Trustees. Hazel was one of the first recipients of the College of Nursing Medallion for distinguished achievement, honored by her alma mater in 1984. A native of West Chester, Pa., she earned graduate degrees from Columbia University and her doctorate from The Catholic University of America. Over the last several years she has been in failing health and has lived in Wilmington, Del. with her sister, Mrs. Gloria Smith, who survives her. A leadership award is given in her name annually at the nursing convocation for graduating students.

Funeral arrangements are pending, however burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery for this pioneering Villanovan.