Bradwell Institute school nurse Mary Kelly, in conjunction with the certified-nursing-assistant students and BI HSTE teacher and HOSA advisor Suzann Sauls, conducted a heart-smart clinic at the school last month.
CNA students provided information to students, faculty and staff about ways to keep their hearts smart. The CNA students conducted blood-pressure screenings and provided education about ways in which to reduce high blood pressure risks.
Several members of the faculty and staff participated in the event. Administrators Mickey Bayans and Ronald VanHorn, along with Principal Scott Carrier, were seen waiting to have their blood pressures checked by these students.
Kelly, who started the initiative, said the goal of the event was to raise awareness of high blood pressure as a medical illness that often is not diagnosed until it causes problems.
Thirteen CNA students participated by taking blood pressures, asking questions about risk factors and suggesting ways to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, including not smoking, exercise and a healthy diet.
The staff praised the students for their professionalism and knowledge of high blood pressure risk and prevention.
“If I had not known any better, I would have thought I was in a real clinic,” one teacher stated.
“I’m very proud of the students and the effort they made to make Nurse Kelly’s heart-smart clinic such a success,” Sauls said.
“This experience provided them with just one more aspect of what it is to be a health-care worker — educating the public of risk factors and prevention of disease. Students left with more knowledge about how to keep themselves and their families healthy.”