A class of students from the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada recently partnered with Nevada Donor Network for their community intervention project about organ, eye and tissue donation and the importance of registration. More than 98% of Nevadans who register as donor heroes do so at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) during a driver’s license or similar transaction. The students therefore partnered with the local Reno DMV office over the course of two days, to educate the public where they were likely going to be making the decision.
Nevada Donor Network provided training to the students about the life-saving impact of donation, and the hope that each registered donor gives to the 113,000 people waiting for a transplant in the United States (including 602 Nevadans). Armed with the ability to dispel common myths about donation, the students had important conversations and answered questions. Additionally, they helped register or reaffirm 74 donor heroes!
“We were very fortunate to work with these students as they begin their nursing journey,” said Monica Myles, Partner Relations Supervisor for Nevada Donor Network. “Their passion for our cause was infectious and impactful. Our efforts within Nevada are only possible because of the amazing support we receive from the community, including partners like the DMV and the Orvis School of Nursing.”
The students will continue to encourage family, friends and fellow students to register at www.nvdonor.org/orvis.
“This project gave our students the opportunity to interact with the public about this important topic,” said Professor Itzel Corral Gonzalez, MSN, RN, of the Orvis School of Nursing. “The project not only impacted those they talked to at the DMV, but also the students themselves.”
To learn more about the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation, please visit www.nvdonor.org.