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Mercy students & Clara Barton's vision extends to 2,000 local elementary students

Posted by Jim Tagye on Jan 22, 2016 12:32:14 PM

When Mercy College community health nursing faculty Dawn Bowker and Brandi Tomlinson were faced with locating innovative and authentic clinical experiences for 265 students in the NEW comprehensive 3-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, they looked to another community health nurse, Clara Barton (founder of the American Red Cross), for the answer.

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After collaborating with Chrissy Bristle of the local American Red Cross chapter, Bowker and Tomlinson adjusted the Mercy College BSN community health curriculum to align with the Healthy People 2020 (U.S. DHHS, 2011 goal of optimizing population health through preparedness education, while meeting the standards set forth by the American Association College of Schools of Nursing.

Mercy College’s School of Nursing is the first in the nation to implement this project as a clinical experience with the American Red Cross and it will serve as a prototype for other BSN programs from coast to coast.

As a result, this spring, nearly 2,000 elementary students in the Des Moines & Johnston Public School Districts will learn the importance of disaster preparedness from 42 Mercy College BSN students who are American Red Cross Certified in Disaster Preparedness via The Pillow Case Project sponsored by Disney.

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Topics: First in the Nation, Disney, BSN, American Red Cross, Community Health