Rasmussen College Student Nurse Organization Hosts Blood Drive to Honor Faculty Member’s Son

When the students of the Rasmussen College Moorhead campus Student Nurse Organization first learned one of their beloved nursing instructors, Ellen Rummel, had suffered a horrible loss in her family, they knew they wanted to do something to help. In November 2015, 10 months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Rummel’s 8-year-old son, Zach, passed away. Rasmussen College nursing student and Student Nurse Organization president, Heather Spessard, was sitting in one of Rummel’s classes listening to her lecture on the nervous system, when Rummel mentioned the loss of her son and talked about how his nervous system had shut down a few years ago. Spessard was moved by the story and knew she wanted to do something to honor Zach and give back to an instructor she admired.