Graduate nursing students help seniors with preparedness

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Graduate nursing students help seniors with disaster preparedness

Published: December 1, 2013.

Lewis University nursing students recently presented “Household Disaster Preparedness” for an active adult community at the Carillon of Plainfield. Graduate students–Courtney Johnson, BSN, RN of Chicago, Laura Kirman BSN, RN of Morris and Margaret Maish, BA, RN of Burr Ridge–organized the presentation as part of a Scholarly Practicum course in the Master of Science Nursing program at Lewis University.

The presentation was designed to enforce the need to prepare in advance for natural and man-made disasters. “Knowing what to do can reduce the household impact of disasters and is the best protection against disasters. Being prepared strengthens the safety and security of the community,” Gwen Svoboda, EdD, RN, CNE, professor in the College of Nursing & Health Professions, commented.

The 21 residents that attended the event were able to learn how to assemble a disaster kit and how to work cooperatively with others in a crisis. Nursing students engaged the residents by assisting them in creating a household disaster plan for tornadoes, floods, blizzards and power outages. Many of the residents took additional educational packets for family and friends who could not attend.

Lewis University MSN alumna Kim Stotts, manager and EMS coordinator at Ingalls Memorial Hospital, guided the students.

Designed for the convenience of the professional registered nurse, Lewis University’s rigorous and patient-focused master’s degree in nursing program prepares students to design and execute complex healthcare strategies for a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Areas of concentration include nursing education, healthcare systems leadership, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner.

The nursing students also presented a similar program Nov. 13 to more than 35 residents of Grand Haven in Romeoville.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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