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Inaugural 2012 Thomas A. Fuentes Community Service Award Bestowed Upon Stanbridge College Alumnus
Stanbridge College Alumnus, Aleisa Bierman received the 2012 Thomas A. Fuentes Community Service Award at the 2012 Commencement Exercises for her volunteer work at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Mary Medical Center.
Since 2010 Ms. Bierman has volunteered at St. Mary Medical Center as a volunteer cuddler in the NICU, feeding and holding premature and sick infants. In addition to cuddling, Ms. Bierman assists the nurses by restocking supplies, preparing new beds for new patients, running specimens to labs and picking up new patient documents for the staff.
“My main focus […] is always to provide contact with the babies in the NICU as it is crucial for them to have human contact while they are there and it is not always possible for the nurses to provide such time. It has been a great learning and rewarding experience,”
During her time at St. Mary Medical Center, Ms. Bierman found inspiration for her future profession and continues to learn from the nurses and staff at the facility. Volunteering also helped her in her studies and gave her real-world experience as she saw first hand how the professional nurses handled stressful situations, nursing duties and organization of tasks.
According to Kim Whitsett, Volunteer Coordinator at St. Mary Medical Center, “Aleisa has generously volunteered 196.75 hours. […] By volunteering in NICU she provides invaluable help to our staff as well as to the babies. We appreciate that she makes time in her busy schedule to volunteer.”
The 2012 Commencement Exercises was the first time the 2012 Thomas A. Fuentes Community Service award was given to a Stanbridge College graduate. The award, named for the founding Chairman of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, recognizes a Stanbridge College graduate who excels in giving back to the community and makes a consistent impact on the lives of those in need.
According to Yasith Weerasuriya, President of Stanbridge College, “Ms. Bierman’s impact on the staff of St. Mary Medical Center and support from fellow classmates marked her as an exemplary candidate for the award. We congratulate Ms. Bierman on her positive influence in her community and her graduation from the Diploma in Vocational Nursing program. Her commitment to service will help her succeed in any endeavor she sets her mind to.”
In addition to its commitment to educational training and licensure examination preparation, Stanbridge College encourages its students to participate in community service through its REACH – Beyond the Classroom™ Serving Learning and Civic Engagement initiative. Stanbridge College REACH has partnered with nonprofit organizations to promote volunteer and donation activities to its students. In the past, vocational nursing students have work with partners like Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange County Medical Reserve Corp and the County of Orange to provide donations and health services to those in need.
To learn more about Stanbridge College REACH or the Diploma in Vocational Nursing please visit www.stanbridge.edu.
About Stanbridge College
Based in Irvine, CA, Stanbridge College is a co-educational, technical college with an annual enrollment of over 850 students. Founded in 1996, Stanbridge is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Stanbridge College offers Master, Bachelor and Associate of Science degrees and diploma programs in Healthcare and Information Technology.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Stanbridge College received an award from Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., as one of America's Best Technical Colleges. Stanbridge has also been named to the 2009, 2010 and 2011 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. In 2008-2009 Stanbridge College was the recipient of the School of Excellence Award from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and since 2007 it has maintained one of the highest continuous pass rates in California on the NCLEX-PN nursing exam, with a 96% cumulative pass rate. For more information, please visit www.stanbridge.edu or call (949) 794-9090.