About 100 people attended an Aug. 3 health fair held by students from the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing to distribute information on healthcare issues and provide basic medical screenings at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission.
The students conducted surveys to see which healthcare issues are of most concern to those who use the services of the Gospel Mission and provide services to the homeless. They also networked with students from the School of Medicine, School of Social Work and other organizations in the community, such as the American Lung Association, CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Washoe County Health Department, to set up booths providing information, referrals and screenings at the fair.
While measuring blood pressure, the students provided information on topics such as smoking cessation, diabetes, sexual health, dental hygiene and access to medical supplies, prescriptions and resources. They also distributed bags with basic health- and hygiene-related items, such as sunscreen, toothbrushes and water bottles, to participants.Brianna Weller, a senior nursing student at the University of Nevada, talks with an attendee about health concerns Aug. 3 at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission.
The students conducted the health fair as a project for nursing course, “Care of Community, Mental Health, Chronically Ill: Practice,” taught by Salli J. Vannucci, RN, MSN, GCPH, assistant professor of nursing. To conduct the fair, the students used a formula they learn in their courses for providing care to patients — assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation.