Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Student Nurses Get in Some Practice; They Spent a Day Testing People and Advising Them on Health

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Student Nurses Get in Some Practice; They Spent a Day Testing People and Advising Them on Health

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Byline: CATIE FRY

Dressed in collared shirts, khakis and ID badges, these women looked the part of professional, qualified nurses.

Eager and smiling, they jumped at the chance to show their skills to passing visitors at the recent Health Symposium for People of All Nations at the Prime Osborn Convention Center July 22.

And now, the 11 University of North Florida nursing students don't just look the part, they will exemplify it as they go into the community to begin their careers.

The students were part of a community health class this semester and were finishing up their 90 required community health hours in the North Riverside area. They were set to graduate from UNF Friday.

The seventh annual Health Symposium, a free, all-day event, was intended to provide the Jacksonville community with information on health and wellness.

The group's "Straight to the Heart" display board, blood pressure machines and guidance allowed visitors to be tested and given information depending on their blood pressure levels, in coordination with the American Heart Association. The students also conducted a survey for the National Institutes of Health to gather information about family history of strokes and diabetes.

UNF nursing major Melissa Brown of Atlantic Beach ushered passersby into a seat to have their blood pressure taken. The group conducted about 100 blood pressure tests over the course of the day.

"Community nursing means reaching out to people in need who don't have the accommodations to seek proper health care," said Brown.

She said Jacksonville has a "vulnerable population" and that community nurses get out into hospitals and communities to make a difference.

Brown was glad the event brought some closure to her nursing studies. …

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