August 08, 2007

Community outreach to various populations part of nursing school's mission

Students train for the Flight Nursing Program

As part of the 2007 Case for Community Day—on Friday, September 21—Case Daily will feature community outreach initiatives being conducted at each of the university's colleges, as well as several campus centers and departments.

Students, faculty and staff who are part of the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing incorporate community outreach into their educational curriculum on a regular basis as part of the university's overall mission of valuing social responsibility.

The outreach ranges from sharing information about nursing careers with youths to training caregivers of elderly, from assessing health policy and finance among Cleveland communities to preparing to provide disaster relief across the country.

The Nurses Now Club sends faculty and students to speak about the nursing profession at local high schools, while the Discover Nursing program pairs junior and senior high school students planning a nursing or health-related career with mentors from the nursing school.

Nursing students also have an opportunity to assess the health care needs of the community by participating in the Senior Capstone Project, which allows them to analyze the concepts of health and health care, health policy and finance, culture and ethics during a 10-week community-based immersion experience. In response to the critical need to prepare nurses to provide culturally competent care to diverse populations, last fall's capstone semester was entitled "Health in the Global Community."

Caregivers of older adults receive education and training through the school's Prentiss Caregiver Network Project, while grade-school students at Cleveland's Sunbeam Elementary receive both tutoring and nursing care from Bolton School students and faculty.

One of the Bolton School's strategic objectives is to create socially responsible opportunities for its faculty, staff and students to partner with institutions external to the university. In addition to working with local schools, the nursing school also collaborates with local health care providers. One distinguished example is the National Flight Nurse Academy, a partnership between Case Western Reserve and the MetroHealth System. The program prepares acute care nurse practitioners to work in unstructured environments, conduct disaster-response training and research air medical services.

Read more about the community outreach initiatives at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

For more information, contact Kimyette Finley at 216-368-0521.

Posted by: Marsha Bragg, August 8, 2007 03:02 PM | News Topics: Community Outreach, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Staff, Students

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