Fairfield University nursing students assist neighbor

When a stroke left a young mother in her thirties, paralyzed on one side, it became essential that she receive physical therapy each day. But a month before she was to undergo brain surgery, her medical benefits for therapy ran out and her family turned to a neighbor, Fairfield University, for assistance.

Members of Mu Chi, the Fairfield University chapter of the international honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, have been helping out ever since. Natalie Crossin, a senior nursing major has been coordinating the schedule of 12 Mu Chi members so two are in the home every day to help with speech therapy and range of motion exercises. Also helping is Patty Dykes, a 1986 graduate of Fairfield and a nurse consultant who lives in Fairfield.

This project is in keeping with the philosophy of the Fairfield University School of Nursing which runs a Health Promotion Center in Bridgeport for the medically underserved population and whose professors have led students to Appalachia and Latin American countries to learn of the needs of people in impoverished regions.

Other activities for Nurses Week: A display in Nyselius Library of "Nurses in the News," including research interests and accomplishments of the nursing faculty.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 1, 1999

Vol. 31, No. 282

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