On February 9, 2008 volunteers from Portland Community College's nursing program, the Oregon Student Nurses Association, AARP, Medical Reserve Corps, and Tuality Health Care parish nurse Sandy Madsen joined together to deliver messages of prevention in a Healthy Living Fair that took place at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Nursing students provided information in English and Spanish utilizing principles of health literacy. Motivational interviewing helped to empower participants to make choices to lead healthier lives and left with an action plan to help them reach their goal.
The Medical Reserve Corps volunteers provided emergency preparedness information as well education about the importance of childhood immunizations.
Also present at the Healthy Living Fair was Nitu Iyer, representing the AARP. Many stopped by his table and expressed interest in becoming future members.
Health care consumers of all age groups came to the fair. The brother and sister pictured above were particularly interested in learning more about diabetes and also in having their blood pressures checked. Community resources for follow up were provided when indicated.
Student nurses from University of Portland's accelerated Master of Nursing program stopped by as well; two of them are in the midst of a public health course and wished to gather information on how this program could be replicated in another community at a future date.
Evaluation forms were completed and the results were overwhelming positive. All who came stated they learned new information and many felt that they would be able to attain a healthy living goal in their lives. This program is exactly what the National Nursing Network Organization is advocating for-promoting prevention and wellness in communities across the nation utilizing the MRC, retirees, parish nurses, student nurses, and other health care professionals under the leadership and guidance of an Office of the National Nurse.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, February 11, 2008