California State University, East Bay nursing students are learning the value of nursing beyond just physical care. They're also learning how to connect patients to needed social services to ensure they have a safe and stable environment to return home to.
The nursing students are partnering with Hayward Promise Neighborhood as a part of their community health clinical requirement in the Bachelor's in Nursing degree program; teaching the nursing students how to create healthy communities.
The nursing students are conducting workshops and interactive activities for Hayward Promise Neighborhood students in their classrooms at schools and with parents in the Parent Centers at the school sites.
"The nursing students really take ownership of creating the lesson plans," said Davette Bullis, California State University, East Bay Nursing Instructor. The nursing students develop their own presentations and learn to figure out the most effective ways to connect with the children and parents.
This quarter the nursing students presented to parents in the Hayward Promise Neighborhood Parent Centers on substance abuse and stress reduction, shared about careers in health at the Tennyson High health fair and Hayward High health classes as well as teaching Winton and Cesar Chavez Middle School students how to monitor their heart rate and the importance of exercise.
"Working with the Hayward Promise Neighborhood students has changed my perception holistically of nursing. It's not just about what we're seeing at a hospital, we've been able to learn how what's going on in people's homes and their community can impact their health," shared Tamera Martin, graduating senior nursing student at Cal State East Bay.