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Nursing students present research at Health Promotion Fair

When a student enrolls in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at St. Catherine University, one of the first courses they take is “Introduction to the Profession of Nursing.” The course covers many aspects of being a nurse, including promoting activities that lead to good health.

On October 18, 90 first-year students taking this course on the Minneapolis campus will present — in small groups — various health promotion topics at the program’s fall Health Promotion Fair: pet therapy, yoga for aging adults, breast-feeding in child-bearing women, nutrition for toddlers, hydration, immunizations, falls in the elderly and introducing solid foods to a baby.

The fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held in two locations: Cerenity Senior Care (512 Humboldt Ave, St. Paul) from 9 to 11 a.m. and St. Therese Care Center (8000–8008 Bass Lake Road, New Hope) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“The students will be there to share their research and help answer questions,” says Julie Akason, assistant professor of nursing. “For their posters, they must have at least four articles supporting their research.”

Akason is one of eight faculty members who will oversee the students at both sites.

The Health Promotion Fair marks the end of the seven-week introductory course. St. Kate’s associate degree nursing program typically takes four semesters to complete. Upon graduation, students can apply to take the state licensure exam as a registered nurse.

Oct. 12, 2010 by Pauline Oo

See also: Healthcare