Mount Aloysius Nursing Students Kept The Spirit Bright for Injured Colleague

Posted on: February 4, 2014

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CAPTION: Shown here amidst December raindrops are, first row, from left: Brittany Sprague, DuBois, Pa.; Della Telheim, Huntington, Pa.; Jordyn Cassidy, Everett, Pa.; Brooke Lindsey, Duncansville, Pa.; and Brenda Sprague, DuBois, Pa. Second row, from left, are: Dr. Patty Meintel, nursing student organization faculty advisor; Kristin Harriger, Nursing Student Organization secretary, Brookville, Pa.; Nicole Williams, Martinsburg, Pa.; Katelyn Morris, Bedford, Pa.; Taylor Klunk, Hanover, Pa.; Heather Mock, Nursing Student Organization Student Government Association representative, Roaring Spring, Pa.; Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley; Priscilla Weaver, Lewistown, Pa.; RN-BSN Program Chair, Dr. Bonnie Nelson-Noll;  and Nursing Division Chair, Dr. Rebecca Zukowski. On ladder are, at left, Derek Matthews, Nursing Student Organization President, Glasgow, Pa.; and at right, Tyler Glunt, Nursing Student Organization vice president and treasurer, Newry, Pa.

Shown here amidst December raindrops are, first row, from left: Brittany Sprague, DuBois, Pa.; Della Telheim, Huntington, Pa.; Jordyn Cassidy, Everett, Pa.; Brooke Lindsey, Duncansville, Pa.; and Brenda Sprague, DuBois, Pa. Second row, from left, are: Dr. Patty Meintel, nursing student organization faculty advisor; Kristin Harriger, Nursing Student Organization secretary, Brookville, Pa.; Nicole Williams, Martinsburg, Pa.; Katelyn Morris, Bedford, Pa.; Taylor Klunk, Hanover, Pa.; Heather Mock, Nursing Student Organization Student Government Association representative, Roaring Spring, Pa.; Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley; Priscilla Weaver, Lewistown, Pa.; RN-BSN Program Chair, Dr. Bonnie Nelson-Noll; and Nursing Division Chair, Dr. Rebecca Zukowski. On ladder are, at left, Derek Matthews, Nursing Student Organization President, Glasgow, Pa.; and at right, Tyler Glunt, Nursing Student Organization vice president and treasurer, Newry, Pa.

Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College Nursing student, Stacie Griffiths, a mother of two children—six and three—saw life change in an instant on Monday, November 11, 2013.  Driving her pickup truck north on Route 219 towards home, she and her two children were struck head-on by a motorist traveling the wrong way.  The collision also involved a third vehicle.

The two children sustained only minor injuries.  The driver of the third vehicle was treated and released at a local hospital.  Tragically, the driver of the errant car died.

When Stacie Griffiths eventually regained consciousness she was in the ICU at Johnstown’s Conemaugh Medical Center. Her first words to her husband were, “Are the kids ok?”  Her second words were, “I need you to get my nursing books.  I have to keep up.”

You hear that nurses are special people. Well so too are nursing students, especially Mount Aloysius College nursing students.

With Christmas coming, Stacie’s professors and fellow nursing students thought about the two Griffiths children and what a spare Christmas they might have with mom recovering from very severe injuries.  The group, fueled no doubt by the Mercy spirit, went into overdrive to make sure the Ebensburg Griffiths has a warm and generous Christmas.  They dedicated the decorating of the campus Christmas Tree— known traditionally as “The tree of healing, hope, and inspiration”—in front of the iconic Main Building to Stacie and her family.

And—oh by the way—the weather did not cooperate.

Children’s sizes were researched and the team hit the nearby malls with delightful motivation.  And as they were festooning a Christmas tree directly in front of the iconic Main Building at Mount Aloysius College, the sky opened.  They figured it must be heavenly tears of yuletide joy and were not deterred at all.

Needless to say the Griffiths family was warmed by the thoughts, prayers and gifts of their beloved fellow nursing students and by the Mount Aloysius College community.  And Stacie Griffiths is keeping abreast with her nursing studies.  She’s expected back in class this fall.