Nursing Students Believe that Giving Back is the Norm, Not the Exception

A Tradition of Giving Back


Officers of the Anna Maria College Student Nurses Association, joined by Nursing Faculty from left to right: Shannon LeBlanc, Vice President;
Amanda Dubeau, Secretary; Dr. Karin Ciance, Marie Remillard; Brittany Decker, President; Alexis Kunesch, Treasurer

 stacked nurse donation

Nursing Students Believe that Giving Back is the Norm, Not the Exception

By Maureen Halley


The officers of the Student Nursing Association self-identify as women with “big hearts and always willing to help others”. Shannon LeBlanc, a senior and Vice President of the association feels strongly about what it means to be part of a community. “As nurses, we have chosen a field focused on service – it’s in our nature”, Shannon shared. “We are fortunate to be part of a warm and supportive atmosphere here at Anna Maria – and it just makes you want to give back all the more.”



An annual tradition since 2011, the Anna Maria College Student Nurse Association along with nursing faculty come together to collect comfort items for those who are less fortunate within greater Worcester. This year, the nursing students collected socks for Veteran’s Inc. during Homecoming Weekend, and toiletries for Abby’s House, an organization that works to provide shelter and affordable housing, as well as advocacy and support services to homeless, battered, and low-income women. The donations were delivered to both organizations on December 11, 2019.


“It’s so important to band together and support others”, said Brittany Decker, who also travels as a volunteer with Campus Ministry on service trips in other areas of the country. “The mission of Anna Maria really resonates with me and my classmates; giving back is the norm, rather than the exception.”


In their senior year, commuting students Alexis Kunesch and Amanda Dubeau believe that there is a tremendous sense of family on campus. They both share in the sentiment that at Anna Maria, “everyone cares about you; not just about your academics or your position on any athletic team – but about your wellbeing. It’s all about paying it forward.”

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