A group of students from the University of Nevada, Reno, Orvis School of Nursing hosted a health fair for homeless individuals Nov. 18 at St. Vincent’s Dining Hall. The event was part of a group project for the students’ nursing class “Care of the Community, Mental Health and Chronically Ill,” taught by clinical instructor Maureen Barnes, RN.University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing students receive instruction from Dr. Michele Pelter (second from left). Students are, third from left, Amanda Hawkins, Sarah Robertson and Laren Estep. In background are Elizabeth King, Zavar Escobar and Sari Jokella-Willis.
“We conducted surveys to see what healthcare issues are of most concern to those who access the dining hall, as well as to those who run the facility and others who provide services to the indigent,” said Travis Miller, a senior nursing student who was one of eight conducting the health fair.
The students took blood pressure measurements and provided information on topics such as smoking cessation, heart health, sexual health and hygiene, dental hygiene, mental health and bed bugs. After the fair, they conducted another survey to see what attendees learned.
“We are using the same formula in conducting this health fair as we do to provide care to patients,” Miller said. “The steps we use in caring for patients are assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation. Those are the same steps that will hopefully make for a successful health fair for this vulnerable population.”