Beating the Flu: Nursing Students Assist County Health Officials

Nursing students take blood pressure

Students helped administer flu vaccinations and checked patron’s blood pressure. Photo credit: Cedarville University/Scott L. Huck

by Public Relations

December 7, 2011

Senior nursing students, Jenna Smith, Taylor Tak, Jen Hollander and Derek Reid volunteered during one of the recent Greene County flu clinics.

They had a two-fold responsibility: to help administer flu vaccinations and inform the public about the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure).

The patrons’ blood pressure was taken and information was provided about the effects high blood pressure can have on the human body.

Professor Kristi Coe, an instructor of nursing in charge of the student project, points out that experiential learning gives students the ability to put into practice what they learn in the classroom.

“It is one thing to read a textbook regarding educating clients about high blood pressure or flu prevention, but it is something else entirely to sit down with a client and begin to understand all of the factors that may play into their health status” said Coe.

Nursing students are able to apply what they learn in a clinical setting their junior and senior year. They spend two days out of the week in the community utilizing classroom skills within more complex human experiences.

Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.

 

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