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MC Nursing At Work in the Community

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Category: It's Academic

Published: 2012-11-19 00:00:01.000

Inside the beltway in the heart of what is often referred to as the "International corridor," rests a vibrant community with many residents from Central and South America, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. Part Montgomery and part PG County, this area is known as Langley Park. It was there where MC Nursing students, alumni, faculty, and staff, spent several hours providing services to community participants. The event was Health Check 2012, held Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Langley Park Community Center. This is the eighth such annual event, MC Nursing's fifth year of participation, organized by Action Langley Park that provides access to free health care screenings, consultations and services by various community partners.

It is in this venue that MC Nursing students are provided the basis for a rich community cultural experience while practicing and perfecting their nursing skills. Students took blood pressure readings, discussed hypertension matters and taught breast and testicular awareness and self-exam techniques to a very diverse but largely Spanish speaking population. With some students and community partners working as interpreters, students were able to communicate with the client community to provide effective service.

"I'm always interested in community outreach, and the people that come to these types of events are the ones in most need," says Joni Washington, a second semester nursing student. "If they can meet me half way by coming to the event, I can certainly meet them there at the event...It's a worthwhile pursuit...I gained practice doing blood pressures and learned how to communicate even though we didn't speak the same language." Approximately 15 MC representatives participated; the students saw 88 community participants/clients on Sunday.

MC Nursing was also responsible for providing the community with all types of literature relating to the health matters discussed. Adrienne Johnson, Global Race Project Manager for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, provided culturally specific breast awareness materials for distribution. In addition, materials were distributed about MC Health Science's offerings, in general, and the nursing program in particular. The Johnson & Johnson Foundation Campaign to Discover Nursing's Future provided materials for distribution to the community. Moreover, excitement was continually generated by the presence of MC Nursing as the result of the overwhelming generosity of Professor Mirna Ostchega who donated food baskets and jewelry. These items were raffled off to the community.

For more information about this and future such events, please contact: mirna.ostchega@montgomerycollege.edu or kathy.awkard@montgomerycollege.edu

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