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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words

Pictured: Portland Community College Class of 2009

On Saturday, February 14th, PCC second year nursing students partnered with Tuality Health Education, the AARP, the local Washington County Medical Reserve Corp unit, and parish nurses to deliver a "Love Your Heart" healthy living fair. Over 150 community members attended the fair which featured presentations that focused on cardiac health. In addition to booths that provided a wealth of information about exercise, smoking cessation, cardiac disease, diabetes mellitus, nutrition, mental health, risk factors, immunization and emergency preparedness, blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and glucose screenings were also available.

Pictured left to right: PCC Class of 2008 Student Nurses Rahela Walker (NSNA PCC Chapter President), April Cruz, Fraya Oke, and Mollie Slaughter

Special thanks to Rahela Walker NSNA PCC Chapter President for leading all efforts to ensure the "Love Your Heart" Fair was a complete success.

Pictured: Coral Sohn and Constance Wilson, PCC Second Year Nursing students
The students' creativity went above and beyond to make this a fun and enjoyable experience. The booth on risk factors featured a large heart made of red felt with open chambers. Light weight golf balls were labeled with risk factors commonly seen leading to heart disease and additional balls were also identified with ways to lead a healthier lifestyle. The idea was to toss the balls into the heart chambers with the "bad" things sticking to the felt, representing the vessels, and the "good" things knocking down the true risk factors. Hula hoops were popular at the exercise table. The Tuality Community Hospital cafeteria cooked up some of the recipes brought in by students who manned the nutrition table. Love was also in the air; two students received beautiful bouquets of roses from their significant others-after all, it was Valentine's Day.

Pictured left to right: Gabrielle Kary, Carolyn Harris, Teri Mills MS, RN, ANP, CNE (PCC Nurse Educator and President NNNO), Lisseth Ortega, and Coral Sohn

Information was presented in English and Spanish and motivational interviewing was used to develop an action plan for each participant to take home if they chose to do so.

Pictured: Stephanie Miller (11) and Samantha Miller (14)
Over 95% of the attendees rated the fair as excellent. Comments centered around how easy it was to understand the material and most agreed the fair was user friendly. Participants also were eager to share what they had learned with others. They said they especially enjoyed the mix of students and healthcare providers.

Pictured: Barbara Hula BSN, RN and Teri Mills
Thank you to Barbara Hula BSN, RN who represented the Washington County Medical Reserve Corps. We heard from several who found the information she presented on emergency preparedness to be very helpful.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, February 18, 2009  

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Blogger Unknown 
I was one of the participants at the Love Your Heart Healthy Living Fair and want to say what a wonderful and productive experience it was. We were able to screen so many people and caught a few clients with significant risk factors, like a particular gentleman with a very elevated glucose/cholesterol. Luckily, we were able to refer him to a local clinic to get medical care.
Blogger susu 
The pictures tell the story... the students' enthusiasm is obvious...their efforts not only pay off in screening and referrals for participants, but this positive experience in community nursing may inspire some of them to go on and become public health nurses. Congratulations to PCC students and faculty for such a successful community partnership.
Blogger Matt and Lori Graber 
Nursing = Health promotion