Nursing student coordinates blood drive

Aug. 18, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Vance-Granville Community College hosted an American Red Cross blood drive July 25 on its main campus in Vance County. For only the second time, an associate degree nursing student, in this case Patricia Bumpass of Oxford, served as coordinator of the drive.

As coordinator, her tasks included scheduling donors, advertising the drive and preparing a location for the drive. By serving as the coordinator, Bumpass became eligible for a scholarship opportunity through the American Red Cross.

The drive resulted in the donation of 24 units of blood. Among the donors were students, including Bumpass herself, as well as college employees and members of the community.

Bumpass said the drive went well and that she hopes more African-Americans will become blood donors. According to the Red Cross, increasing donations from African-Americans is vital because blood types O and B, the blood types of about 70 percent of African-Americans, are the types most in demand. Genetically similar blood is also ideal for people who need repeated blood transfusions for conditions like sickle cell anemia, which predominantly affects African-Americans.

Bumpass is scheduled to graduate in May 2015. She plans to continue her education by earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She would like to work in pediatric nursing.