Samuel Merritt University (SMU) students in the summer's Entry-Level Masters of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) pediatrics course are getting out into the community. They will be participating in the following activities and events this July and August:
Twenty-three SMU ELMNS nursing students from the Nursing Care of the Child course are participating July 17, 18, and 19 as camp counselors and health educators at the Diabetes and Sports Health (DASH) camp in Oakland's Bushrod Park as part of their pediatric clinical experience. This camp serves local children and adolescents living with Type I and II diabetes (and family members) and focuses on healthy living and sports. The camp is supported by a variety of organizations including Kaiser, UCSF, Lucille Packard, Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Whole Foods. On Saturday, 7/19, they are hosting a community health faire that the ELMSN students and the campers are helping run.
Via West Camp
Eighteen ELMSN students are participating in Via West Camp near Cupertino. This camp was founded and is directed by an RN for children with significant disabilities, including genetic anomalies, cerebral palsy, and autism. It is an overnight camp, and an amazing experience for the campers as well as the students.
Gender Spectrum Conference
Twenty-one ELMSN students are attending the Gender Spectrum Conference's Professional Symposium on Friday, July 25 at St. Mary's College in Moraga. This conference is exemplary: evidence-based, state-of-the art education for health educators regarding issues regarding gender in children of all ages and how to support children and families who are challenged by questions and concerns regarding gender.
Teach with Technology Grant - Vaccines/Infectious Disease
The ELMSN students will be participating in simulation situations related to infectious diseases and immunizations in the SMU Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) on 7/22, 7/29 and 8/5. This is one of the projects that Marjorie Hammer, assistant professor, pediatric and mental health nursing, funded through a Teach with Technology Grant at SMU. Infectious disease, immunizations, and the role of the nurse in educating and providing care for these, are complex and challenging concerns for the healthcare provider and community.
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