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Volunteerism all in a day's work for nursing students

September 8, 2011
By Kathleen Palumbo
“If they start good volunteer skills now, they’re more likely to do it as nurses,” said Angela Douglass, assistant professor at Kent State University’s East Liverpool Campus, of the presence of the eight senior nursing students at the Canfield Fair who donated their time on Sunday, Sept. 4 screening blood pressure and talking to community members.

Stressing the importance of individuals having their blood pressure checked, Douglass shared that many people go undiagnosed, which can lead to a heart attack. According to Douglass, anyone monitored whose blood pressure exceeded the norm was encouraged to follow up with their doctor.

Anne Freitas, associates degree Nursing Program director of Kent State’s East Liverpool Campus, called the accelerated program one of intense studies, stressing faculty support. It's a program in which students are offered childcare information as well as free tutoring.

“They work hard, it’s not an easy program,” said Freitas, adding however that, “If they’re willing to do the work, faculty is right there with them.”

Senior Kent State University, East Liverpool campus students present were Barb Learn, Teresa Williams, Anette Shaffer, Erica Williams, Natalie Biastro, Jacqueline Lum, Lisa DuVall, and Shawna Call, all of whom will graduate in May of 2012. They were accompanied by Freitas, Douglass, and additional assistant professors Deborah Hager and Diana Stewart.

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Photos by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent

One of the eight Kent State University E. Liverpool campus nursing students who donated their time on Sunday (Sept. 4) doing blood pressure screenings at the Canfield Fair, Anette Shaffer of Austintown, tended to an interested fairgoer.



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