The Class of 2014 nursing students filled the Berchmans Hall rotunda with poster presentations on their Community Health and Honors projects.
Seniors Showcase Community Health Projects
The class of 2014 nursing students showcased their Community Health and Honors projects in poster presentations that packed the Berchmans Hall rotunda on April 28.
A group of seniors including Kara Sevigne, Rachel Cowan, Brittany LaBarre and Chelsea Carroll had a goal of educating a group of women that included the homeless and low-income earners about the risks and benefits of mammograms, to change their minds about getting an annual exam. They explained the disease, causes, risk factors and symptoms, and also spoke to them about performing breast self-exams. The end result was a 44 percent increase in intention to get a mammogram this year among the group.
Several groups partnered with the American Lung Association on the Open Airways program for their health promotion projects. The program prepared by Nick Wyckmans, Kassie Putetti, Marissa Chmiel and Rachel Padilla, which they titled “Inhale Knowledge Exhale Success,” worked for six weeks with the ALA. Their target population was asthmatic children between the ages of 7 and 11 in the Springfield public schools. The project was part of an educational program aiming to reduce the number of student absences, and also help better the childrens’ quality of life.
Tessa Dudunake, Julie Hurley and Takira Long took on the issue of sleep deprivation at Elms College, anonymously surveying a number of traditional students on the issue. According to their survey, 46 percent of respondents believe sleep – or a lack of it - affects their academic performance. They also provided students with tips to improve sleeping patterns.
Justina Michon and Jaines Andrades worked with the American Lung Association Open Airways Program on their project, which sought to increase knowledge of asthma and improve asthma self-management in grade school children.