· Colleen Meakim, MSN, RN, director of the Simulation and Learning Resource Center, who, as the release notes, “three years ago, working with Dr. Smeltzer, expanded this program into the undergraduate level. Since that time, numerous polio survivors have participated on a regular basis... As a result of this team effort an untold number of students have discovered firsthand the truly devastating effects of a virus they thought only existed in history books.”
· Dr. Stephen McWilliams, Director of Disability Services for Villanova University who met two polio survivors through the SP program and later created a DVD about polio that provides important care information to survivors and their caregivers.
The group says in its release, “The initiative taken by these three members of your faculty has been extraordinary in helping to communicate that polio survivors are still here and that it’s not over” and continues with, “The recognition and support of those with disabilities, whatever they may be, and the vision of these professionals to integrate the challenges of all who are disabled into their students’ daily lives, is outstanding. Villanova’s College of Nursing and the Department of Disability Services epitomize the leading edge in educating and preparing graduates to deal with real world issues and how to treat those who are suffering.”