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Technology center campuses celebrate nurses at Fairgrounds

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More than 125 nursing students from seven area campuses gathered at the Dyer County Fairgrounds last week to celebrate their first Nurse's Week. Students in the Four Rivers Program from Tennessee Technology campuses in Newbern, Union City, Martin, McKenzie, Alamo, Covington and Ripley spent an afternoon playing games, cooking out and enjoying a break from classrooms and clinicals.
Nursing students from all over West Tennessee gathered at the Dyer County Fairgrounds on Friday for a picnic to celebrate their first Nursing Week.

Seven Tennessee Technology campuses were represented with 128 nursing students taking a beautiful day off from classes and clinicals to participate in the annual event.

"Actually, (the students are from many campuses) up and down the corridor," said Four Rivers Nursing Director Belinda Douglas. "This is the only time they have the opportunity to all be together. It's a healthy, fun competition. It's a fun day and they don't get too many fun days. We've been blessed with great weather."

Hosted this year by the Newbern and Union City teams, this is the first time the event has been held at the Dyer County Fairgrounds.

"We usually have it at the Ripley Park or the Newbern Park," said Douglas. "Jeff Jones volunteered to cook for us. Usually, we are back and forth between the games and the food. We are so grateful that he volunteered to do the food."

Jones' daughter, Jill Jones, attends the Four Rivers Program.

Students in the Munford program were not able to join in the celebration. Munford students take part in an evening program that allows them to work during the day and attend classes at night. That program takes 18 months instead of the 12-month program on the other Tennessee Technology Center campuses in the area.

Dyersburg Regional Medical Center and Baptist Hospital in Union City donated items needed to help make the day a success.

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