Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Nursing students volunteer in the community

Bloomsburg University’s nursing program recently sent a few students to volunteer at this year’s Apple Harvest Festival at the Espy Fire hall. They provided free blood pressure screenings to people in Bloomsburg and the surrounding community.

One of the nursing students, Travis Dayhoff, explained that “high blood pressure is known as a ‘silent killer,’ meaning it can often go unnoticed until the damage on the body is already done.”

Dayhoff and another student, Kimberly Norwood, volunteered to give back to the community, but also to gain more real-world experience. They both agreed that it was very helpful to work with patients who were not their fellow classmates.

Norwood said volunteering “allowed me to see that there is a large aging adult population in Columbia County…it’s a good clinical experience for us, having just learned the skill of assessing blood pressures.” She also noted that volunteering in this capacity gave her a confidence boost
because of the personal guidance that her professor could give while Norwood was with patients.

Overall, Dayhoff and Norwood were thankful for the opportunity to give back to the Bloomsburg community, and for the learning experience it provided them.

“It allows us to go out and be nurses in the community, advocating for health promotion in everyone, not just those who are admitted to the hospital,” said Norwood.

  — Dallas Kriebel, mass communications major
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