Tue 7 Nov 2017

Health expo success

A health expo staged on Friday is set to become a regular event on the WITT calendar.

Organisers were pleased with the day, which had 56 year one nursing students spending three hours at Te Piere and non-nursing students encouraged to come in for health checks.

Clinical Learning and Simulation Manager Heidi Ashcroft said the expo was very useful for nursing students.

Lessons learned from the promotion of this event would be used in future because she believed it would result in a lot more students from other courses taking advantage of the health checks and advice available. That included measuring blood pressure, pulse rates heights and weights.

“We would welcome feedback from students. It’s been suggested we could hold an expo each semester.”

Nursing students discussed health issues ranging from smoking and sex to eating and drugs and alcohol use.

“Students were allocated a topic and got resources to create an interactive activity,” Heidi said.

The expo and dealing with adults was in stark contrast to some of the works nursing students have carried out by visiting two contrasting Taranaki schools recently – one decile eight and the other decile one.

Students had been surprised at the wide range of knowledge – or more significantly the lack of knowledge of food and health - among some of the youngster they had spoken to.

The exercise had been more than an eye-opener, it had provided lessons in the different ways nurses had to communicate and engage with people.

Getting people to talk about their own health issues by framing questions carefully, rather than holding an inquisition, was the final topic discussed in a forum involving the nurses to wrap up the expo.

WITT has an outstanding record in producing nurses for the Taranaki community. Its retention levels are very high – and every student who has completed the three year Bachelor of Nursing course has found work.

Picture:  Corrina Freebairn took part in an activity at the ‘stress and anxiety management’ stall where the challenge was to prevent the bubbles hitting the ground.