Service Learning Activities
More Than Classes & Textbooks
Because learning takes place not only in the classroom but also in the community, service learning is an important part of the nursing curriculum. Service learning promotes hands-on learning by:
- Fulfilling community needs
- Promoting civic responsibility
- Actively reflecting and reinforcing classroom learning
- Developing strengths that last a lifetime
Service learning activities enhance your nursing skills as you progress through the program. Written assignments are a part of most activities.
Level I Students
Fundamentals of Nursing
- Students provide wellness assessments and education at Doorstep, Knightsbridge, and Highland Park Methodist Church.
- Students assist with a health fair at Brewster Place, a retirement, assisted living and nursing center.
Level II Students
Nursing of Childbearing Families
At the Stormont-Vail Birthplace breast-feeding clinic students assist with assessment of babies.
Level III Students
Nursing of Elders
- Students provide a wellness clinic at the Lulac Senior Center and Plaza West Apartments, a housing unit for the elderly and people with disabilities.
- Some students assist with the prostate screening offered by Stormont-Vail HealthCare.
Nursing of Adults II
- Some students accompany a home health nurse and assist with scheduled services.
Nursing of Children
- Students complete vision checks and Denver Developmental Screenings at day-care centers.
- Students participate in the annual health check day at Head Start.
- Students assist with vision screenings at St. Matthews School, kindergarten through eighth grade.
- Students assist with Girl-to-Woman class.
Level IV Students
Professional Nursing Practicum
All students complete a minimum of three hours service learning as part of their clinical practicum. The following are examples of service learning activities:
- Assist at the Kansas State Nurses Association office preparing for annual convention and nurse's day at the legislature
- Assist at the Baker University Community Wellness Fair
- Provide physical assessments for Baker University football players
- Teach proper car-seat installation for Safe Kids, Shawnee County Health Department
- Teach life skills for mental health patients at the Valeo Care Program
- Help with the community blood drive
- Staff the clothing center or provide referral and support-group information for clients of Birthright
- Assist with giving flu shots for employees at Stormont-Vail HealthCare
- Help provide health screens and other activities at the Kid's Fest at the Kansas Expo Center
- Serve meals at the Topeka Rescue Mission or Jubilee Kitchen in Lawrence