uci giving day logoThanks to our community, 2020 Giving Day was an unprecedented success for the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing.

Through generous support, we raised $24,601 from 60 gifts. The funds will go toward providing an essential skills tote to every incoming nursing student.

Students are typically responsible for purchasing the $125 tote, which they will carry and use throughout their nursing education.

Each tote is filled with supplies that are critical to their education as nurses, including blood pressure cuffs, Foley catheter trays and IV start kits. 

Addressing student needs, honoring heroes

uci school of nursing essential skills tote

The skills tote is an important part of the education of every nurse.

However, during these challenging times, our Giving Day donors understood and felt the financial burden of our students who also struggle with unemployment, health disparities and limited resources. 

They were ready to honor our frontline healthcare workers amid a devastating pandemic and committed to investing in our future nurse workforce. 

Soon, our UCI nursing students will stand beside community healthcare heroes to deliver competent, compassionate care.

Why one donor gave on Giving Day

“Nursing has always been my passion,” says Giving Day donor and School of Nursing Legacy Society member Maureen Zehntner, RN, MHA.

She gave because “I am motivated to help others seeking to pursue their own passIon for this career.”

Investing in the future

Thanks to our supportive community, our students will learn our community believes in them and have invested in their future.

Very special thanks to our generous community and leadership supporters, who provided challenge gifts that made it possible to reach our goal:

  • Maureen Zehntner
  • Dean Adey Nyamathi
  • Dolores Grunigen
  • Sharon Leider
  • June van den Noort
  • Judy and Bob Penfield
  • Ruth Lott
  • Tania Bridgeman 
  • Pocket Nurse