For immediate release: April 18, 2006

GALVESTON, Texas — Good things happen when nursing students leave the confines of academia to enter the community. A group of senior nursing students recently completed a course in community nursing at Alamo Elementary School in Galveston during which the nursing students performed health assessments and interventions on 52 fifth graders over a two-month period.

Focusing on hygiene, nutrition and dental assessments, the nursing students worked with companies and other Galveston agencies to provide toothbrushes and other resources to the fifth graders. “The community got involved, the Galveston County Health District, Area Health Education Center and GISD nutritionists,” said Monica Fadri. She noted that H.E.B. donated toothbrushes.

While the nursing students learned about how to involve the community to help the common good, “they liked to participate,” Cynthia Vidales said of the fifth graders. “They had lots of questions for us,” said Sarah Williams.

Elizabeth K. Michel, clinical nursing instructor, said that the community health nursing class “showed resourcefulness and worked effectively as a team.” Little wonder, then, that the group of 10 students had a name for their class – “My Favorite Group.”

Pictured with a poster of their clinical work, are, front row, from left, Shawnda Kelley, Janus Guda, Monica Fadir and Cynthya Vidales. In the back row are Shelley McCaughey, Spencer Allen, Kim toanLe, Stephanie Zurovec, Sarah Williams and Jason Perez.

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