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Bethel College takes in Nursing Student from Hurricane Katrina

Delgado Community College in New Orleans has over 1,000 nursing students with approximately 300 ADNs (Associate Degree in Nursing) who were scheduled to graduate in December 2005 and to take their RN exam in January. This goal was interrupted when Hurricane Katrina arrived over New Orleans and nursing students from Delgado were sprawled across the country trying to find nursing schools who could take them in.

Robin Beniger arrived at Bethel College in Mishawaka and contacted Nursing Dean Ruth Davidhizar about the possibility of entering the program to finish her degree. She said she had all her school materials in her car, which she had driven from New Orleans and knew that her school, a few blocks from the Dome in New Orleans would not be open again for some time.

Bethel College Division of Nursing was able to design a nine credit nursing course similar to the one she needed. Professor April Hart, RN, FNP from Goshen, agreed to be her private tutor so she could complete the course by December. Hart will meet with Beniger to provide the content. She will receive clinicals at Elkhart General Hospital, who agreed to this special plan.

"The nursing faculty are excited to be able to help a New Orleans nursing student and to give her the opportunity to graduate on schedule," said Davidhizar. "Robin is adding to our school through her enthusiasm and lived experiences. When the nursing department heard she was coming they went out and bought her nursing uniforms so she would be able to start immediately."

Bethel College has LPN-ADN, ADN, BSN, RN-BSN and MSN nursing programs. For more information, call Dean Ruth Davidhizar at 257-3369.