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BSC Nursing Students Partner with Abel Center to Provide Infant Clothing & Accessories (w/photo)

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    Thursday, December 09 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing students recently partnered with the Abel Center in Bluefield to collect infant clothing, food, and accessories for the Center’s clients.  The students presented their donation to the Abel Center during a brief ceremony at BSC.  Pictured are (kneeling) BSC students, Aaron Aliff, (standing, left-to-right) Jessica Turpin and Julie Jackson, BSC Associate Degree Nursing faculty member Dr. Bernadette Dragich, Abel Center nurse manager Cathy L. Nelson, and BSC nursing students Martha Aldridge and Angela Akers.

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing students partnered with the Abel Center to provide much needed infant clothing, accessories, and food in an innovative program designed to reward clients’ progress in developing newborn and child parenting skills.  BSC Associate Degree students presented the items to Abel Center nurse manager Cathy L. Nelson during a brief ceremony at the College.  The donated items will be used in conjunction with the Abel Center’s “Earn While You Learn” program.

The Abel Center in Bluefield, WV is a life-affirming Christian ministry that focuses upon assisting individuals confronted by an unplanned pregnancy, burdened by a past abortion, or tempted by abortion or sex outside of marriage.  Nelson, a BSC nursing program alumna, noted, "New mothers who continued their pregnancies and enrolled in the Abel Center's "Earn While You Learn" pregnancy and parenting training/education program will use their earned "mommy dollars" through that program to purchase these baby items for their child, that were donated by the Bluefield State College nursing students that they otherwise may not have been able to afford."

“During the semester, maternity nursing students learned what resources were available in the community for childbearing women and their families,” Dr. Bernadette Dragich, BSC Nursing faculty member, explained.  “Students were interested in Abel Center because of the variety of free and confidential services the center offered, especially the ‘Earn While You Learn’ program. The most impressive element related to this program was that the client could learn life skills and acquire needed material resources for the family's new baby.”