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BSC Beckley Campus Nursing Students Help RGH “Senior Friends”

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    Thursday, October 25 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Beckley)—Bluefield State College Beckley Campus nursing students partnered with Raleigh General Hospital to provide several health-related services to the Hospital's Senior Friends' members. The first year students in the BSC Beckley Campus Associate Degree Nursing Program conducted glucometer and blood pressure screenings while also administering flu vaccines on October 17 at the Raleigh County Armory's Convention Center.

Each of the 28 first year students in the BSC Beckley ADN program rotated through all of the sites and gained experience in administering the screenings and vaccines. "This initiative gave the students an opportunity to increase their skills and strengthen their communication abilities while assisting a very worthy cause for the community," observed Debra Vest, Assistant Professor of Nursing.

Two nursing faculty from Beckley and a Master's degree nursing student being mentored by the BSC Beckley ADN faculty were also there to assist. "We received very positive feedback from attendees and organizers at the program," Vest continued. "The students enjoyed the experience and Senior Friends' representative Debbie Peyton has invited our students to be involved in future projects of this type." More than 125 flu vaccines were given during the activity.