This post is written by guest writer and MEPN student Adilene Esquivas
(Grammy winners Adilene Esquivias and Saya Nodera performing a simulated motor vehicle accident encounter.)
On Saturday June 23rd, several USD Nursing Students had the opportunity to visit our neighbors in Tijuana to host a Health Fair at the San Eugenio Clinic. With the guidance of our faculty advisor, Dr. Hutchins, students were able to address health disparities by providing health education on various nursing skills. Stations included information about allergies, wound and fracture care, heat exhaustion, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Many residents in this community were not aware on how to deliver basic first aid. Shedding light and providing them with supplies was a great way of empowering this community in need.
(Left to Right: Karen Kriger, Elizabeth Schoen, Taylor Spera, and Dr. Hutchins educating students on fracture care.)
Participants in attendance ranged from middle school and high school students, and parents of young children. Serving this wide array of individuals gave MEPNs and NP students the opportunity to tailor their education skills in many ways. Stations not only provided written and verbal information, but also enabled participants to hone the skills they learned by practicing them. USD nursing students were also able to demonstrate their award-winning acting skills at the end of the event! Similar to a CCE, participants simulated care for two patients involved in a motor vehicle accident. Although this was a technique to have participants engaged, it was great having a chuckle after an eventful morning!
The teamwork amongst the MEPNs and NP students was evident. With language being the most common barrier in the delivery of care, we coordinated to have at least one Spanish-speaking student present in each skill station. Collaborating with each other to communicate with the San Eugenio participants was a rewarding learning experience for MEPNs.
(Left to Right: Melissa Dempsey, Elizabeth Oliver, and Jennifer Bui teaching participants how to perform CPR.)
Prior to the event, USD Nursing students organized a “packing party”. This consisted of gathering all the donated supplies from USD MEPN students. Over one hundred dollars were raised! Funds were utilized to purchase sunscreen, bandages, gauzes, hand sanitizers, and other supplies used during first response treatment. Team leaders, Katie and Karen, were immensely grateful for all the donations received! Having them as our coordinators provided everyone with a sense of comfort as we delivered care in a different country!
MEPN and NP students with the participants at the San Eugenio Clinic after learning first aid.