The RMU School of Nursing was invited to participate in the “What’s On Your Plate Expo” on Saturday, September 30th, 2014 by providing blood pressure screenings for attendees. This wonderful community event was planned by RMU Junior marketing major Bobby Catley in conjunction with the Office of Civic Student Engagement and saw more than 1,400 people attend from the surrounding community. The nursing student volunteers and nursing faculty worked with over 300 visitors to measure their blood pressures and provide related education. We took the opportunity to engage with children as well by teaching young children how to listen to their heart sounds and find their own pulses. We may have recruited a few future nursing students too!
It turned out to be an RMU family event, which made it all the better. Janice Sarasnick served as a patient for her daughter to learn how to measure blood pressures. Courtney Schratz’s mother and several siblings stopped by. Sarah Affrica was seen putting a B/P cuff on her mom. Dr. Lynda Davidson and her family came by as well. We had so much fun working with her 3 grandchildren. Special thanks to nursing students Paige Oster, Courtney Schratz, Hanlen Hoover and RISE Center lab assistants Ashley Eberhardt, Nick Plansinis, Sarah Affrica, and Jessica Blodgett. Faculty included Katrina Pyo, Pam Jackson, Janice Sarasnick, Janet Shade and RISE Center staff member Jan Barber.
Submitted by Jan Barber