Monday, February 4, 2019

NSG 152 Students are BUSY!

Nursing students currently enrolled in NSG 152 (Health Care Participant), a second semester nursing course, focus on community health, especially health care and health promotion for all age groups. Students address all three levels of health promotion: primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.* 

Focusing on community health means getting involved with the community. Here are a few of the health promotion events students will be hosting this spring: 

  • Students are conducting blood pressure screenings daily at the Downtown campus, 1st floor lobby during the month of February. Everyone - faculty, staff, students and the public  - are invited to get a free screening and to learn more about the "Silent Killer." See the Reynolds Calendar for specific dates and times.
  • Students will be conducting breast cancer awareness information sessions late March until mid-April. These sessions will be held daily at the Downtown campus, 1st floor lobby. Stop by and see what these students have created to address those at risk and to provide information to prevent further occurrence of this disease. See the Reynolds Calendar for specific dates and times.
  • Some NSG 152 students will be conducting health screenings at VCU Children's Pavilion for the Special Olympics, where they will have an opportunity to interact with some area athletes.
  • All students complete a "Windshield" survey of neighborhoods in and around the Richmond area. This is used to identify community needs.  Students will spend a day in a middle school or high school clinic working with a school nurse and providing education to those students who attend the clinic.
  • Students can elect to participate in FeedMore's Community Kitchen, assisting with meal preparation for individuals enrolled in "Meals on Wheels". They can also choose to assist in the Sports Backers Monument Ave. 10K in April.

Reynolds instills in nursing students a desire to assist and serve those in the community. Faculty and staff: Please stop by and give these students a chance to assist and serve you this spring.

Contributed by Lisa Stone, RN, MSN
Associate Professor
School of Nursing and Allied Health

* Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Defined
Primary prevention incorporates education to prevent illness and disease.  This includes smoking cessation and immunizations.

Secondary prevention includes any screenings leading to diagnosis of disease with early treatment, such as blood pressure and breast cancer screenings.

Tertiary prevention is focused on decreasing complications from disease, for example--hypertension causing either stroke or heart attack.