Community Partnerships Benefit Nursing Students,
Service learning community partnerships are central
not only to educating future nurses but to providing
much-needed health care services to underserved children.
In Baltimore, for example, one such program involving the
Johns Hopkins School of
Nursing annually screens more than 1,000 children
enrolled in Head Start for height, weight, hearing, vision
and blood pressure, and also provides health screening and
treatment services to a faith-based elementary school.
In "Developing Community Partnerships in Nursing
Education for Children's Health," published in March in
Nursing Outlook, School of Nursing faculty members
Kathryn Kushto-Reese, Maureen C. Maguire, JoAnne
Silbert-Flagg, Susan Immelt and Sarah J.M. Shaefer describe
how the collaboration between the Johns Hopkins School of
Nursing, Head Start and the elementary school extends
interactive learning into the community while at the same
time meeting societal needs.
The community partnership collaboration at the School
of Nursing includes all students in pediatric rotations,
with 240 to 300 students currently participating. In
addition to providing screenings, the program has helped
the elementary school initiate a variety of health
projects, including a walking program, increased physical
activity, anti-substance abuse classes and an anti-bullying
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