Nursing students support women with addiction and mental health issues – Jagwire

In the third semester of the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Clinical Nurse Leader, students take a course called Integrated Healthcare: Population Health. In this class, students are grouped together and work with a local organization on their semester project.

Organizations vary, but all groups work with a particular population of individuals, including children, homeless people, people with disabilities, or those in a recovery facility.

This semester, a group worked with Hope House, a facility that supports women dealing with addiction and mental health issues. Hope House is a women-only facility and provides a safe living space for women and their young children while they receive treatment. Hope House not only provides living space, but also provides its residents with individual and group substance use counselling, parenting support and education, employment and education assistance, support and family education, certified peer support, relapse prevention education and intensive case management. . They also provide many of these services as outpatient treatment.

On July 9, the Hope House band – consisting of Miranda Matthews, Cindy Thao, Alexandra Metz, Anna Tovo, Elizabeth Nemec, Katie Wheat, Libby Newsome, Natalie Mills, Savannah Meaux and Vernisha Phillips, along with Assistant Professor Rebecca’s Rule — offered a health fair to residents of the establishment. The group met with a Hope House Residents’ Council before the event to find out what topics residents would like to see presented. These topics included child development, healthy relationships, the effects of drugs on the body, and women’s health.

In a separate space, the students created a fun zone for the children of the residents participating in the health fair. They had age-appropriate activities for kids, including coloring and a slime station, which allowed the ladies to focus on themselves and the health fair.

Residents visited each stall and then grabbed a Kahoot! quiz to test their knowledge of the fair. They received student-created pamphlets as well as personal hygiene items, snacks and a newspaper.

For the last activity of the fair, affirmations were distributed to each resident and each student. In turn, each person read aloud their chosen statement and discussed what it meant to them. The affirmations were as simple as “I believe in myself”.

This activity initiated bonds not only between students and residents, but also between residents and students themselves.

“I appreciated that residents shared personal stories during our discussion,” Matthews said. “I was amazed by their willingness to share and learn. I thought they would be afraid to listen to us, but we found common ground. It reminds us that our life experiences are similar, despite our unique personal challenges.

Going forward, the group recommends developing a network of organizations relevant to Hope House’s mission and collaborating with them at future health fairs, ensuring that the Hope House resource booklet is kept up to date. updated for residents and staff to refer to. They hope to continue to foster a working relationship with the staff and residents of Hope House to ensure that matters evolve with the people.

“Residents and staff expressed their gratitude and asked us to return for future events. Specifically, the health fair has boosted community morale tremendously,” Matthews said.

The ruler agreed.

“It was an honor and a pleasure to partner with Hope House,” she said. “The health fair was well received and the knowledge gained by the students was great.”

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