Bates Practical Nurse students hold blood drive

Friday, June 1

Second annual blood drive helps give nursing students experience-and helps the community

TACOMA, Wash. -More than 5 million people need blood in the U.S. each year, according to the American Red Cross. In an effort to help collect more of this life-saving fluid, Bates Technical College's Practical Nurse program will host a blood drive on Wednesday, June 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Auditorium.

Working alongside Cascade Regional Blood Services employees, Practical Nurse students will help with check-in, provide directions, serve nourishments following blood collection, and more.

"This is an opportunity for students to participate in a very important and potentially life-saving community effort," said Dianne Nauer, director of the Practical Nurse program. "Volunteering for community health outreach activities is very much a part of the nursing profession," she added.

Nauer encourages those who wish to donate blood to call 253.680.7316 to sign up ahead of time. She notes that donors should be at least 18 years old, should consume a healthy breakfast, and be well-hydrated to give blood. Also, photo identification is required.

For more information, please call 253.680.7316 or email

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