Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing Teams Up With the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation

Ron and Kathy Assaf College of nursing students were pleased to receive another impactful visit from the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation. Among several of its contributions within Nova Southeastern University, the Romer Foundation funds nursing scholarships, helps to create simulation scenarios for in-home family care, and continues to host lecture series and genetic testing during the annual NSU Employee Health & Wellness fair.

As part of this ongoing relationship, the Romer Foundation and the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing incorporate genetic components in the lecture series, aiming to provide nursing students with exposure to current genetic findings along with health care management of childhood Tay-Sachs disease. Additionally, the college recognized parents of children with Tay-Sachs disease who shared their experiences with the nursing students during the lecture series. The presenters were instrumental to capturing the needs of families of children with Tay-Sachs disease in the formation of a nursing simulation case study developed by faculty and staff Caroline Smikle and Lucille Graham.

Jennifer Gray, a nursing senior, former president of the Nursing Student Association and an aspiring ER trauma nurse, said, “The presentation from the Romer Foundation was inspiring, eye-opening, and humbling for every person in the room. It provided us [nursing students] with a profound insight into the journey that parents endure when their child is diagnosed with a fatal genetic disease. It is definitely a presentation you do not want to miss.”

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