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SWOSU Receives Grant to Increase Awareness of Organ & Tissue Donations

February 3, 2009

Grant for Oklahoma Organ Donor Education & Awareness Program
Southwestern Oklahoma State University and School of Nursing Instructor Tamra Weimer (center) have received a $21,180 grant from the Oklahoma Organ Donor Education & Awareness Program Advisory Council. Weimer and student nurses will present the developed program and materials to Bachelor of Science nursing programs in Oklahoma. With Weimer are (left) Anita Blankenship, director of the SWOSU Office of Sponsored Programs, and (right) Dr. Barbara Patterson, chair of the SWOSU School of Nursing and associate dean of the College of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University has received a $21,180 grant for its "Increasing Awareness of Organ and Tissue Donation through Education FY09" program on the Weatherford campus.

The grant was awarded to SWOSU and Tamra Weimer, instructor in the SWOSU School of Nursing. The program gives nursing students at SWOSU the opportunity to enroll in an elective course, titled "Increasing Awareness of Organ and Tissue Donation through Education."

But, the primary project for this second year grant is for Weimer and the student nurses in the program to present the developed program and materials to Bachelor of Science nursing programs in Oklahoma, where each may initiate elective course work in their respective institutions. The nursing students will also take the program to local high schools to offer a school-based educational program on organ and tissue donation. Weatherford High School started a program in 2008.  

The effort by Weimer focuses on professional development that increases awareness of donation by providing the tools for an open discussion. 

For more information regarding organ and tissue donation, contact Weimer at (580) 774-7007 or by email at tamra.weimer@swosu.edu.

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