Nursing Students Experience New Site
Seton Hall University College of Nursing undergraduate students enrolled in Community Health this fall experienced a new setting as part of their coursework. Faculty member Leah Johnston-Rowbotham, M.S., A.P.R.N., BC, brought her students to PineRidge of Montclair. According to their website, PineRidge offers affordable apartments to seniors of moderate to low income. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Montclair and The United Methodist Homes of New Jersey. Students were tasked with providing health education to the residents, but what they found was that, in many ways, they learned more from the residents.
Throughout the semester, students delivered poster presentations to the residents to improve health literacy on several subjects, including cardiac health, stroke prevention and memory sharpening. Besides providing games and puzzles, the students also brought food and refreshments to celebrate the end of the semester.
Professor Johnston-Rowbotham was pleased with the dialogue that was generated as a result of these presentations. “The residents at PineRidge are very intelligent and have been offering advice and input as students present on different topics. These interchanges have helped cultivate our students’ interpersonal skills, so that they realize how important two-way communication is in every interaction with a client.”
This is particularly important when you are attempting to get buy-in on lifestyle changes and preventive health: “People are much more likely to adapt new lifestyles if they understand the rationale behind the change and one-on-one communication is key,” Johnston-Rowbotham noted.
The College of Nursing is working with new agencies and health systems to further diversity students' learning experiences as part of the undergraduate curriculum.
About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the Ph.D. program opened in 2006. US News and World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.
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