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Pittsburgh: July 6 – For the fourth year, La Roche College and UPMC Passavant sponsored the joint Summer Nursing Institute program to help approximately 25 area students glimpse what a future in health care might be like. The two-day event on June 22 and 23 took place on the La Roche College main campus in McCandless Township.

The program was created to help introduce students with an interest in medical careers to the “exciting, challenging and rewarding career of nursing,” according to organizer Lynette Beattie, MSN, RN, co-chair, Department of Nursing and adjunct faculty member at La Roche. It is funded through a grant the Theta Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society) and Johnson & Johnson’s “The Campaign for Nursing’s Future.”

The institute drew students from the following area schools: Avonworth, Bethel Park, Elizabeth Forward, Mars Area, Moon Area, Riverside, the Science and Technology Academy, Schenley, Shaler, South Fayette, Trinity and Vincentian Academy. After their final day of training, each student received a certificate of completion.

During the two-day program, instructors taught students general health procedures in a laboratory skills session, where they learned how to take a blood pressure, measure pulse and respirations, and read a temperature. They also participated in a first aid training class and a CPR certification course. The STAT Medivac helicopter landed at UPMC Passavant, and students were given a tour and information about this service. Students who wanted to shadow a nurse at the hospital arranged to do that on an individual basis as part of the program.

UPMC Passavant instructors presented two programs: Teen Injury Prevention and “Ageless Sensitivity.” The former focused on the dangers of drinking and driving, and illegal drug use, as well as suicide prevention. The latter helped students to become sensitive to the growing elderly population and physical impairments they face. Students were given glasses to impede their vision, for example, and gloves to impair dexterity.

Ms. Beattie anticipates the program will continue in 2011; registration will likely take place in the spring.

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors among today’s college students. La Roche combines educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well being, and more to offer students preparation for life in a constantly changing global society.

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