Free stethoscopes for nursing students

Twelve first-year nursing students at Kishwaukee College were the recipients of Littmann Stethoscopes from the Community Support Group at 3M.

The nursing students who received Littmann stethoscopes were: Alexandra Clark, Genoa; Jacqueline Crystal, Rochelle; Alejandro Fonseca, DeKalb; Michele Horvath, Rochelle; Lisa Regelbrugge, Malta; Marisa Rodriguez, Rochelle; Jessica Schlick, Malta; Angelina Serna, Kings; Briana Shelton, DeKalb; Susan Stillwell, Sugar Grove; Amanda Taylor, Kirkland; and Katrina Tutt, DeKalb.

The Community Support Group is the local arm of 3M that provides charitable assistance and support. Although the national 3M Corporation provides support in a variety of ways, including scholarships, the Community Support Group is designed to be community-specific by volunteering, assisting and donating in ways that are unique to the local community.

In 2010, 3M employee Mike Ryan, who was chairman of the Community Support Group at the time, suggested providing the Littmann stethoscopes to deserving Kishwaukee College nursing students. Ryan’s wife is an alumnus of the Kishwaukee College program, and he recalled the expense of purchasing the necessary equipment, including stethoscopes. The Littmann Stethoscope is manufactured by 3M.

and is considered the “Cadillac” of stethoscopes.

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