Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Villanova Nursing students co-sponsor health fair with Penn Care at Home

Seven senior nursing students from the Villanova University College of Nursing developed a health fair in collaboration with Penn Care at Home on April 21st. Held at University Square at 3901 Market St. in Philadelphia—a vertical community with over 500 residents— the topics were those of interest to residents who are elderly or have disabilities. Christine Bossone, MSN, RN, HHCNS-BC, clinical educator, Penn Care at Home, a ’67 B.S.N. alumna from the College of Nursing, collaborated with the Villanova nursing students (left to right) Christine Schirripa, Sarah Tuperan, Lindsay Dudek, Eboni Wesley, LaTrina Bailey, Stephanie Villegas-Hoag and Danielle Godino.

The students, participating in their home health clinical practicum, were advised by Associate Professor Mary Pickett, Ph.D, R.N. Their stations included blood pressure screening and education, the importance of summer hydration, DASH diet, and reading food labels for sodium and portion size. Additionally the students demonstrated upper body armchair exercises with water bottle weights.

Danielle Godino and Eboni Wesley listen to the concerns of a resident as Stephanie Villegas-Hoag checks her blood pressure.

LaTrina Bailey assesses the heart rate and rhythm of a University Square resident.

Christina Schirripa teaches a resident about food labels along with Lindsay Dudek.

Sarah Tuparan demonstrates upper body exercises to University Square residents.

Penn Care at Home nurse Marion Perry (left), seen here with seniors Lindsay Dudek and Christine Schirripa, generously shared her patients with Villanova Nursing students for home health visits.


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