ORU College of Nursing hosts "Baby Shower for Ghana"

By Natasha Mitchell ('94)

Nursing baby showerAn abundance of baby supplies will soon be on their way to Africa via students from the Oral Roberts University Anna Vaughn College of Nursing. The ORU Anna Vaughn College of Nursing will hold their first baby shower for infants in Ghana, Africa, from 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 on the third floor of the Graduate Center.

The baby shower idea was formed after ORU nursing students saw a desperate need for baby supplies for the Manna Mission in 2011. The College of Nursing was able to send cribs at the end of 2011, and the students wanted to take gifts of necessary supplies with them this year.

Donations needed are swaddling blankets, onesies, infant T-shirts, cloth diapers, plastic pants for cloth diapers, diaper pins, socks, hats, crib sheets, soft wash clothes, and baby towels. The students can't take liquids, lotions, formula or baby wipes due to weight and size restrictions.

For those who are unable to attend the shower, gifts or checks can be sent to the Oral Roberts University Anna Vaughn College of Nursing, c/o Georgia White, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74171. If writing a check, please put "Baby Shower for Ghana" in the memo line.

At the end of January, nine ORU senior nursing students, accompanied by two nursing faculty, will travel to Accra, Ghana, for a three-week leadership course. They will personally deliver the supplies and work at the hospital in Manna Mission during their time in Africa. The three-week experience is used as credit for the clinical aspect of the NUR 405 Patterns of Leadership Course.

For more information on the ORU Anna Vaughn College of Nursing, go to http://www.oru.edu/academics/avcon/.