Pryor Nursing program buys new equipment with grant funds

Pryor Nursing program buys new equipment with grant funds
Posted on 03/15/2018
Northeast Tech Practical Nursing students Ashlie Barnes from Salina, Heather Dean form Ochelata and Chelsea James from Claremore practice their skills using new equipment purchased with a grant from the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation.

Northeast Tech’s Practical Nursing program at the Pryor Campus was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation. The funds were used to purchase several new pieces of equipment for the lab.

The new equipment includes four head walls that simulate realistic hospital scenarios, one birthing bed, one regular bed, a bedside table, a patient monitor, an emergency crash cart with defibrillator, and a mobile four camera video system that allows instructors to watch the students work from multiple angles from another room.

“We originally asked for $30,000, and the application came back saying they would give us $15,000 if the school would match it,” said Practical Nursing Instructor Ruth Miller. “At first we pushed it to the side not knowing where we would find the matching funds, but after talking with campus administration, they were able to shuffle some things around for us, so as not to leave $15,000 of free money on the table. Our program has benefit greatly and we are so appreciative of the benefits this has provided to our students.”

The Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation is the legacy of “Jock” Mayor, who was a rancher, businessman, entrepreneur and long-time resident of Mayes County. Mayor passed away in Pryor in 1985 at age 86. The Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation is operated exclusively for public, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes within Mayes County, Okla., and Grayson County, Texas. Generally, grants are made only to institutions, organizations and agencies located in either of these two counties which will use the funds for the substantial benefit of the inhabitants of one these two counties.

“It’s really an awesome program and we are honored to be eligible to apply,” said Miller. “We have a great chance at receiving funds for worthwhile projects since only organizations in two counties in the United States, are eligible to apply.”

This is the second time Pryor’s Practical Nursing Program has been awarded an Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation grant. They were previously awarded a nearly $27,000 grant used to by a Pyxis Medication Administration System.

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