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Nursing Students Organize Health Fair at St. Charles Borromeo

Friday, November 08, 2013
Marymount University’s Nurse-Managed Health Center, a partnership between Marymount and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, sponsored the annual community-wide health fair at the church on Sunday, November 3.  Services included blood pressure readings; ear, nose, and throat assessments; flu shots, mobility testing, specifically fall risk assessments (provided by MU Doctor of Physical Therapy candidates); and wellness education. Marymount nursing students also conducted health presentations on stroke symptoms and prevention, nutrition, and cyber bullying.

Cindy Osnos, MSN, a Marymount nursing instructor, is the Marymount faculty member in charge of the fair. Students in her Community Health course planned the fair. They have been doing health screenings and presentations for the St. Charles school children all fall, as well assisting at the Arlington Free Clinic and A-SPAN (Arlington Street People Assistance Network).

Osnos pointed out, “While they work in the community throughout the semester, the major project of the class is planning and conducting the health fair. The goal is to reach those that may not have access to good health care. Health stations and teaching areas are chosen with that population in mind.”

She added, “We also reach out to partner with other groups for help. For example, Walgreen’s provided free or reduced price flu shots. Basically, we’re trying to reach the underserved, or those who may not have any health insurance.” The nursing students recruited other outside fair participants, as well, including HOPE, the Arlington Free Clinic, representatives from mental health and substance abuse programs, and an Affordable Care Act navigator to explain insurance options.

James Dyson, BSN ’13, served as the head coordinator for the Marymount student nurses. He noted that logistics were important in the planning process. “This year we were able to schedule the fair on Sunday to reach people after religious services, he explained. “It worked. We had really good attendance, especially after the Spanish Mass.”

Jo Ann Duggan, the director of Social Services at St. Charles Borromeo, was delighted with the fair’s attendance. “It was an excellent idea to move the health fair to Sunday after the Masses,” she said. “We were especially pleased with the number of parents served while their children were in religious instruction classes. We were able to provide screenings to a group that might not normally think of their own health or won’t do it because of cost.” She added, “I believe this is the 6th annual health fair we’ve sponsored with Marymount. It’s a wonderful collaboration.”

Photo Captions:

1.Amy Nagy,B.S.N.'13, takes blood pressure reading.

2.David Phelps, B.S.N. '13, discusses stroke symptoms and prevention with health fair client.

3.Nursing students Jodi Witmer and Samantha Robison man the cholesterol testing booth.

4.Susannah Wargo, a Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate, checks the ear of a young client at the ear, nose, and throat table.

5.Nursing instructor Cindy Osnos with accelerated B.S.N. students assigned to St.Charles for their community health course.  L to R: Cyndi Osnos, Chanelle Husbands, Sana Sethi, James Dyson, Sydney Moreland, Raymond Lu, Faye Svec, David Phelps, and Sherita Daniels