The Rochester College School of Nursing and its Community Advisory Board will host Nurses: The Heart of Health Care on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the Rochester College Theatre.

The annual reception raises scholarship funds for students in the School of Nursing. RC’s bachelor of science in nursing was accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in June 2012.

“Most people have been blessed by the compassion they or a loved one received from a nurse who cares. We invite the community to help us as we assist RC students in their journey to become nurses of tomorrow,” said Jaime Sinutko, director of the School of Nursing.

Guests are invited to attend the Valentine’s-themed event and meet the nursing faculty and students. The evening also will include a tour of the nursing laboratory, the central learning environment for the nursing students, along with food, music and a silent auction. The silent auction is comprised of gift baskets of generous donations from local businesses and the opportunity to name the four simulated mannequins that are an integral part of the hands-on learning experience for nursing students.

Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased at www.rc.edu/nurses or by calling Cathy Ries at 248.218.2021.

RC’s School of Nursing started with an RN-to-BSN program and expanded its offerings after the Michigan Board of Nursing approved its bachelor of science in nursing degree in June 2011. The nursing school accepted its first class into its three-year, 126-credit-hour program in September 2011. Crittenton Hospital partnered with the college to help develop the School of Nursing, and RC nursing students complete certain clinical components of their program at the hospital.