Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City's faculty and staff of the certified nurse aid training program began a scrub donation program after noticing some students were showing up to class out of uniform and unable to afford the navy blue scrubs, a requirement for the program.
“The idea of the scrub closet is to receive donations from past students, which will already have the OSU-OKC CNA patch on the sleeve,” says Adrianne Covington-Graham, OSU-OKC's Training and Development Center director. “The scrub closet is here for students who are truly in need. We are fortunate to provide this service to our students, thanks to the generosity of past students.”
Covington-Graham recently purchased a pair of scrubs for a student so the student could continue attending class and be eligible for the clinical assignments. She along with CNA faculty and staff decided a scrub closet would benefit many students.
Every student is required to wear a pair of simple blue scrubs on the first day of class. They receive their OSU-OKC CNA patches on the first day and are expected to attach them to their scrubs and wear them every day to class.
Students are not allowed to begin their clinical assignment in a long-term care facility without the required scrubs.
Additionally, this uniform is required in order to take each section of their certification exam.
The scrubs are laundered and can be borrowed by any student wishing to complete the CNA training program. Students are requested to return the scrubs back to the office once they complete their training and certification exams.
Students who have completed the program and wish to donate their scrubs can taken them to the West Education Center, Room 200, on the OSU-OKC campus, 900 N Portland Ave.
For more information, go to www.osuokc.edu/can.
Jana Foster is with OSU-OKC Communications.