BSC Nursing Faculty Member and Student to Attend Conference, Following Summer's Volunteer Work at Indian Reservation
Sheila Parks (R.N., M.S.N.), an associate professor of nursing at Bluefield State College, and Krista Richmond, a Beckley resident and president of the BSC Beckley Campus Student Nursing Association will review their experiences as volunteer medical personnel at the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Representatives of ARROW, Inc. (a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that supplements health care to Native Americans), will also attend the workshop, October 6 in Morgantown. For the third consecutive summer, Parks spent four weeks of her summer as a Nurse Practitioner on an Indian Reservation. Richmond, a Beckley resident and president of the BSC Beckley Campus Student Nursing Association, also participated in the project this year. The Rosebud is the second largest Sioux Reservation in the United States (tribal membership 15,438). Major health problems faced by the residents of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation include Type II diabetes, TB, asthma, poor nutrition and obesity. Fifty-five percent of Rosebud's residents live in substandard housing. ARROW's projects include, in addition to providing volunteer medical personnel to Native American health care facilities where staff shortages are experienced, scholarships for American Indian graduate students, obtaining and disseminating retail store donations, supporting a Native American library, and establishment of organizations to strengthen tribal judicial systems through training of court personnel.