Kish. College Nursing Students Awarded Stethoscopes

The Community Support Group at 3M in DeKalb awarded Littmann Stethoscopes to eight first-year nursing students at Kishwaukee College. Pictured on campus with the stethoscopes are - front row, L to R: Amanda Hurst, Jillian Hebert, Allison Franz, and Meridith Arjes. In the back row, L to R, are: Donna Engh, co-chair, 3M Community Support Group; Melissa Keith; Jennifer Campbell; Kimberly Sanchez; Jon Pruitt, co-chair, 3M Community Support Group; and Kelly Soost, Coordinator of Nursing/Nursing Instructor at Kishwaukee College.

MALTA (WIFR) -- Eight first-year nursing students at Kishwaukee College were the recipients of prestigious Littmann Stethoscopes from the Community Support Group at 3M. Jon Pruitt and Donna Engh, co-chairs of the 3M Community Support Group, were on campus on February 5 to award the stethoscopes to the students.

The nursing students who received Littmann stethoscopes are: Melinda Anaya, Lindenwood; Meridith Arjes, Rochelle; Jennifer Campbell, Sycamore; Allison Franz, DeKalb; Jillian Hebert, DeKalb; Amanda Hurst, Sycamore; Melissa Keith, Sycamore; and Kimberly Sanchez, DeKalb.

The Community Support Group is the local arm of 3M that provides charitable assistance and support. Although the national 3M Corporation provides recognizable support in a variety of ways, including scholarships to Kishwaukee College and other educational institutions across the country, the Community Support Group is designed to be community-specific by volunteering, assisting, and donating in ways that are unique to the local community.

In 2010, 3M employee Mike Ryan, who was the chair of the Community Support Group at the time, had suggested providing the Littmann stethoscopes to deserving Kishwaukee College nursing students. Ryan’s wife is an alumnus of the Kishwaukee College program, and he recalled the expense of purchasing the necessary equipment, including stethoscopes. The Littmann Stethoscope is manufactured by 3M and is considered the “Cadillac” of stethoscopes.

This fall marked the sixth semester visit to the Kishwaukee College campus for Pruitt and Engh to distribute the Littmann stethoscopes to deserving nursing students. They look forward to many more visits in the future to assist the students who have chosen nursing as their profession.

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