Students in Clarke University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs will tell you that the best way to learn is by seeing patients. But through a recent set of clinical experiences, the graduate students are also able to give back to the community by providing services to underserved populations.
Set-up in partnership with Crescent Community Health Center, six MSN/DNP students and two Clarke faculty members, have been helping provide a specific set of services that are very much in demand this time of year: back-to-school physicals and sports physicals. Many of the physicals are being provided to those without insurance. In addition to providing the physicals, the MSN/DNP students also check to ensure that vaccinations are up to date.
Roberta Lavin, Ph.D., APRN-BC, chair and professor of nursing at Clarke, said the clinical experiences started when looking to give the graduate students experience with children and adolescents. “Crescent Community Health Center needed the extra help to meet the demand during this time of year and it was a win-win for everyone,” she said.
Lavin said she looks forward to partnering with the health center in the future to supplement services and provide both undergraduate and graduate nursing students with what she said are valuable learning experiences. “The more routine physicals a student does, the greater the likelihood there is of seeing the unusual,” she said.
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