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BSC Nursing Students Learn While Helping at Bluefield Union Mission (w/photos)

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    Tuesday, March 15 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu
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Bluefield State College nursing students (left-to-right) Tina Webb, Ashley Darago, Melissa Burnopp, Jamie Quick, Julie Jackson, and Jerri Morris recently invested several hours' time and energy in a community nursing initiative at the Bluefield Union Mission. As students in the Associate Degree "Introduction to Community Nursing Practicum Course, they focus on bringing nursing into the community setting.

   

 

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Bluefield State College nursing student Brittany Simmons spent invested several hours' time and energy in a community nursing initiative at the Bluefield Union Mission. She was one of several BSC students in the Associate Degree "Introduction to Community Nursing Practicum Course, they focus on bringing nursing into the community setting.

(Bluefield)—It’s a wonderful example of a “town-gown” partnership.  Bluefield State College second year Associate Degree Nursing students are investing their time and talent by helping the Bluefield Union Mission and helping Mission staff on a variety of fronts.

Recently, BSC students helped staff operate and stock a food pantry, served meals to residents and guests, and sorted clothes to give to individuals seeking assistance.  The endeavor added a dimension to the students’ understanding of their profession. 

“This is part of the students’ ”Introduction to Community Nursing Practicum Course,” explained Sandra Wynn, Director of the Associate Degree Nursing program.  “During this course they focus on bringing nursing into the community setting.”

The students participate in activities to get a sense of volunteerism that can carry over into their professional lives as registered professional nurses, Wynn added.  “Students get a sense of how it feels to help those in need of basic essentials like food, shelter and clothing.  Service learning projects such as this not only allow them to volunteer, but to learn what community resources are available to the clients they assist every day.”

During the past year, students in the class have also assisted at the Mercer County Fellowship Home, the Abel Center, and Mercer Health Right, and future plans call for hosting a Community Health Fair at the Mercer Mall in April.