Putting on their "happy faces," a group of Bluefield State College associate degree nursing students visited Westwood Health Care Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to present a skit for the residents.
Dressed as clowns, second year nursing students Carla Hatfield and Misty Lusk, along with helper Veronica Poynter, produced and delivered the sketch as a patient education project. "We're here to show that nurses do more than give pills and shots," Hatfield said. "We want the residents to see that nurses are compassionate. Our program is designed to be entertaining and humorous, because there is a significant physical and psychosocial benefit from laughter."
The "Service Learning" project is a component of the "Introduction to Community Health Nursing" course, taught by BSC assistant professor of nursing S. Kay Thompson. The project is designed to encourage community involvement through the use of "therapeutic self," with students volunteering in a variety of community-based organizations.
"Misty, Veronica, and Carla were very creative in their approach in use of therapeutic self," Thompson noted. "A clown routine put a big smile on the faces of many residents at Westwood. Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine."